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SOFIE has a new VISION
Your opportunity to help shape and envision the future of our estates.
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​Following the development of our University Strategy, Shaping our Future Driving Distinctiveness, we are now in the process of developing a new cross-cutting Infrastructure and Estates Strategy that will help ensure that our future is enabled by vibrant campuses in tune with the needs of our diverse University community. Our estates and infrastructure need to flexible and fit for the future in terms of the changing size and shape of the University, as well as enabling us to live true to our values of professional, inclusive, ambitious and innovative - the Home of Difference Makers.

The strategy will essentially be a programme of planned and prioritised investment across all our Infrastructure and Estates in Edinburgh – and, as such, is wide-reaching in its scope. We are therefore approaching the development of the strategy in a structured way to draw together all the different strands. Originally called Project SOFIE (Shaping our Future Infrastructure and Estates Strategy) we have renamed the project, VISION, as more representative of what the strategy is seeking to enable. The University has set up workstreams for the project, each with a key theme:

Workstream ​​ Lead ​
Current Campuses ​ ​Director Property & Facilities
New Campus Opportunities & Collaborations​ ​​​Director Finance & Operations
Future of Research & Knowledge Exchange ​ ​Vice Principal Research & Innovation
Future of Learning & Teaching​ ​Vice Principal Learning & Teaching
​Future Working Models and 
Student/Staff Services & Facilities ​
​Director People & Services

To help us develop our options and priorities, we have commissioned NOMAD RDC, a people-centred design consultancy to help facilitate a series of creative workshops and ensure this strategy for our future places and spaces is shaped by the ideas and needs of our whole University community.

Over the coming months NOMAD will be engaging with staff and students to explore their ideas for the future of our estates:

Digital: An active project blog and associated social media will deliver information, offer engagement through questions and polls and provide a gateway to the project for all. 

Workshops: A series of creative workshops structured round the project workstreams will be held to distil requirements and ideas – thanks already to those taking part in phase 1

  • Workshops 1-3 Learning & Teaching with Research & Knowledge Exchange Oct- Nov 2022 
  • Workshops 4-6 Future Working Models and Student/Staff Services & Facilities Dec 2022- Jan 2023 
  • Workshops 7-9 Current Campuses and New Campus Opportunities & Collaborations Jan- Feb 2023 

Events: Direct consultation will also be organised via a series of events with the wider University and local community. Student Competition to launch in November 2022. 

To keep up to date with VISION, please visit its dedicated website here: https://enuvision.co.uk/​


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