Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2017


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.

In total an additional 302 seats were provided for our expanding University as learning and teaching spaces became the focal point of the yearly campus refurbishment.

The Space team were the driving force in providing efficient design, planning and use of the University's space.

The portering team moved over 600 staff across the campus, including the movement of Registry staff to the CENTRUM building on the site of the Norwich Research Park. As well providing the planning and move of staff the team also provided extensive post-move support for these departments.

In addition, the Post Room room benefited from implementation of the new Pitney Bowes postal system, delivering superior customer engagement and analytics.

Speaking of the new system, Post and Potering manager Andrew Brinded said ..."our Sendsuite electronic parcel tracking system has contributed to improving the experience of student residents collecting parcels and tracked mail from the Post Room. 

"An automated email to students when items arrives means that students can visit and collect in the knowledge that the item is waiting for them to collect."

Improving the student experience is paramount to the operation of the Post room.

"In conjunction with new Saturday opening times in place during semesters for academic year 2017/18, accessibility for students with extensive timetables and placement commitments has never been better."

We are working with the Post and Portering team to help ensure the student experience is smooth and to maximise the efficiencies in the team.

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.