Estates Services is responsible for managing the University of Oxford’s estate within Oxfordshire. There are over 260 buildings that we use for teaching, research, administration, sport, libraries, museums and ceremonial events – called the functional estate – and another 180 properties that we manage commercially, including office space, warehouses and agricultural land and property.
The University estate contains some of the oldest and finest buildings in the city of Oxford – the oldest dating from 1424, and 25% is listed, including the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and Old Bodleian Library.
The estate has been growing at around 5% every year for the last 15 years and we have masterplans in place for a number of key locations, such as the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
In recent years, we have constructed several state-of-the-art buildings, such as the Blavatnik School of Government and the Beecroft Building, and many have won prestigious awards.
We look after the functional estate in conjunction with the departments that occupy them. Who is responsible for what is set out in the Estates Standing Orders.
We do not look after the University’s colleges, which manage their own buildings and facilities.
Our vision is to be recognised as delivering world class facilities that support world class research, teaching and learning.
Our mission is to develop, maintain and manage the University estate in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner, ensuring the continued enhancement of our unique physical heritage and the provision of a world class research, teaching and learning environment.
Our values help us realise our vision and achieve our mission. You can expect us to demonstrate these values in all of our interactions with you.
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