Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2017

Campus Enhancements

The UEA Estate is the site of constant development and improvement as we look toward developing ever better Learning and Teaching Spaces across Campus.

Improvements in Residences

The annual refreshment of UEA residences continued with refurbishment of existing room stock with the replaement of bathroom pods at The Village and a comprehensive refurbishment of Hawthorne and...

Security Team - Best Practice

The Security and Access team continued their commitment to Best Practice through following models of excellence in the industry. These include: Attained Accreditation to BS 7499 Static...

Maintenance - Best Practice

The UEA Maintenance department continued maintaing its high standards with zero customer complaints in the first six months of 2017 in addition to the recruit of a Deputy Head of Maintenance...

Grounds & Cleaning - Best Practice

Our Grounds and Cleaning teams continued to move towards a model of Best Practice in 2017. Training has been prioritised with all staff receiving updates in health & Safety, fire...

Post and Portering - Best Practice

This summer our Space Management and Design team were incredibly busy facilitating ofice moves across the Universiy after the creation of 11 new teaching and learning spaces across the Campus. ...


Due to the investment in new combined heat and power engines ( CHP engines ) in the central boiler plant UEA was able to generate all of its own electricity on campus for the first time during a...

Customer Perception Survey 2017

Every two years we seek the opinions of colleagues across the University about how Estates is performing. The survey, undertaken on our behalf by the Business Intelligence Unit in early summer...

Customer Liaison Team - Best Practice

The year saw the brilliant collaboration between Estates Customer Liaison Team and CSED to facilitate 75 estates colleagues completing Service Excellence by the end of February 2018 in addition to...

Campus Kitchen

Zest, the ground floor restaurant in the main Restaurant Building, underwent a minor refurbishment this year, with a refreshment of the offers and range of food provided to customers – including...

UEA Estates - Working For You UEA Estates - Working For You

No staff or students at UEA could go about their work or studies without the services of the Estates team, who maintain the campus grounds and buildings, from security to cleaning and space management to sustainability.

With such a wide range of responsibilities, the team is constantly working to ensure that daily life runs smoothly at UEA – and that means maintaining a strong focus on customer service.

“Our customers tell us we’re doing a good job, but we’re always looking for ways to improve,” said Justin Rhys, Customer Liaison Officer. “We continually listen to and act on feedback and run a Customer Perception Survey every two years, which gives us the opportunity to step back, look at how we operate and take action where it’s needed.”

As a result of the 2015 survey, the new role of Building Fabric Manager was created to speed up estimates and small works activities. Thanks to this, 67% of staff who responded to the 2017 survey said they were happy with time taken to complete their requests - a 23% improvement on 2015 - and fewer than 0.5% of jobs resulted in complaints.

There’s also been a 10% increase (68% to 78%) in satisfaction with communication about the status of maintenance jobs following a restructure of the Maintenance team, additional resource for the Helpdesk and the introduction of a new contractor for non-emergency small works and estimates.

Another popular innovation is the self-service auto-responders – by sending an e-mail to with “Help” or “?” in the subject field, customers can see real-time status information about maintenance work.

“We’re delighted that 82% of respondents agree that fixing problems is a particular strength of Estates, and almost 70% are happy with the speed at which we fix problems,” said Justin. “The technology we’ve introduced for the Helpdesk team has also improved our performance, with 81% of respondents happy with our service.”

Some of the most complicated challenges are faced by the Space team, whose role is to balance the needs of the University with the available space. Their ability to deliver this balancing act was recognised by the 86% of customers who agreed that they complete their tasks successfully, with 75% were happy overall, compared with 55% in 2015.

Refurbishments can cause the biggest disruption, but improved communication via the monthly Projects Forum has also seen satisfaction levels with the way these projects are handles jump from 51% in 2015 to 77% this year.

The greatest accolades were for the Security team, however, with 92% of respondents saying they’re happy with the services they provide, 92% saying they’re friendly and helpful, and 91% saying they help to make them feel safe and secure on campus.

“We’re very happy that the changes we introduced following the 2015 survey have had such positive results and look forward to continuing to offer our customers excellent service,” said Justin.