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Accommodation Code of Practice - governance

Governance Board

The responsibilities of the board are:

  • to oversee the operation of the code and issue guidance as necessary on management issues
  • to conduct an annual review of the Code taking account of HEEs' experience, audit findings, complaints raising issues with regard to compliance with the code
  • to request reports from institutions on any complaints involving breaches of the code that have been reported directly to the Board or to external bodies
  • having regard to audit reports and reports of complaints submitted to it, to consider cases of alleged non-compliance and if necessary undertake further investigation
The board may make proposals to help remedy any identified defects in an HEE's management of its student accommodation. In cases of serious or persistent management failure the Board may declare that an HEE is no longer compliant with the Code in respect of some or all of its student accommodation.

Board members

  • ​Independent Chair – Andrew Nightingale​
  • ​UUK/GuildHE – Chris Hale and Mary Lambe
  • College and University Business Officers (CUBO) – Bryan Carroll, Caroline Thomas and Helen McGlashan
  • Association for Student Residential Accommodation (ASRA) – Michael Ball, Karen Burke and Tom Bates
  • Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) – Trevor Wills, Bill Hancox and Sandy Lynam 
  • Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE) – Fay Sherrington and [vacancy]
  • University Safety and Health Association (USHA) – Vincent King  
  • Council of Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHIEA) –​ Stuart Kemp
  • Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) – Simon Kemp, Dr Stephen Battersby and Paddy Jackman
  • National Union of Students (NUS) – Shelly Asquith and Fleur Priest-Stephens
  • Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – Cynthia Brathwaite and [vacancy]
  • Local Authorities – Ian Wright and [vacancy]
  • UUK Administrator – Claire Furnival​​

Sector Advisory Group

The role of the Sector Advisory Group (SAG) is to:

  • oversee the day to day operation of the code
  • make recommendations to the Governance Board on enhancements to the code itself as well as its administration
  • the SAG reviews submissions from members with regards to audit outcomes, responses to student complaints concerning a member's adherence to the CoP as well as making recommendations to the Governance Board on applications for membership

The group meets quarterly.

  • Associate of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) - Bill Hancox and Mark Hughes
  • College and University Business Officers (CUBO) - Bryan Carroll, Caroline Thomas and Margaret Hunter
  • Association for Student Residential Accommodation (ASRA) - Michael Ball and Kelly Scott
  • University Safety and Health Association (USHA) - Alan Baser
  • Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE) - [vacancy]
  • National Union of Students (NUS) - Fleur Priest-Stephens and Shelly Asquith
  • Council of Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHEIA) - Stuart Kemp
  • UUK Administrator – Claire Furnival

Annual Reports

The reports are broken down into relevant sections and cover summary feedback from the audit processes undertaken by establishments in each year. A review of the activities undertaken by the groups is covered and future planned developments arising out of the audit process and student complaints received are presented.

Drafted by the Sector Advisory Group, the National Administrator and Universities UK, the report is submitted to the Governance Board for approval in September each year. Following this, the report is submitted by Universities UK to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Universities UK receives written confirmation from DCLG.

 Accommodation Code of Practice

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Mary Lambe

Mary Lambe

Senior Policy Lead - Pensions
Universities UK