Fundamental decisions about an institution's physical estate frequently involve major strategic decisions, and require significant amounts of capital expenditure. As the governing body is responsible for 'all matters of fundamental concern' it is generally involved in making these decisions.
The detailed work on estate matters may, in some institutions, be undertaken by a board committee. This might be an Estates or Planning and Resources committee, or alternatively, the Finance and Resources or Finance and General Purposes committee. Where such committees exist, they will work with delegated authority, and report and make recommendations to the governing body.
On occasions the governing body may decide to set up a project group to oversee the strategic development of the institution's estate, including, for example, in cases where a new campus is being proposed.
Briefing Note 19: Estates
Getting to Grips Guide
The Getting to Grips Guide, 'Estates and Infrastructure', offers governors with additional information:
Good practice guidance
AUDE produces an annual HE Estates Statistical Report, which includes trend data.