IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Stratified space - compromises and commitments in university estates

13 May 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Students walking up UCL library stairs. Image: Mary Hinkley for UCL Digital Media

This presentation will explore the present place of university estates.

This event is free.

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Centre for Global Higher Education

For decades, assertions have been made about the influence and importance of estates and facilities for universities. 

Key themes and issues have focused on the physical and financial impacts of university estates as physical, social and reputational capital. 

Surprisingly, given the financial, social and personal impacts related to university estates, little empirical research and evidence has been offered on the connections between the estate and teaching, learning and research. 

While the relationship of estates to university operations, management, policy, planning and practice is implied, this presentation makes a case that now as ever, more work is needed to understand how estates influence university life.

Drawing on existing literature, research and insights from ongoing studies into university estates in the UK, this presentation will explore three key points:

  1. The lack of empirical research on university estates in the UK. 
  2. The implications of COVID-19 which has sharply influenced trends in international student demand for UK post-compulsory education, student mobility, student numbers and advancements in educational technologies for university estates across the United Kingdom. 
  3. The position, threats and opportunities for university estates now and into the near (post-COVID-19) future.


  • Zachery D. Spire, Postdoctoral Researcher at UCL 


Image: Mary Hinkley for UCL Digital Media