The purpose of the Estates Committee (formerly known as the Capital Programme Management Committee) is to oversee the University’s estate in order that it can support world-class academic, teaching and research activity in accordance with the University’s foundational purpose and strategic plan and, to make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee and Court


Remit:  (To be reviewed annually at first meeting of committee cycle)

Strategy and Planning

  • To develop and oversee the University Estates Strategy, and modify this periodically, taking account of the overall strategic direction of the University;
  • To receive and consider all estate planning and strategy documentation;
  • To inform and make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee and Court accordingly as part of a regular reporting process;
  • To consider and suggest further development of the Campus Development Framework and associated zone/mini master plans;
  • To receive and consider updates and reports from the Institutional Space Management Groups.

 Development and Capital

  • To review and approve the capital programme, taking into account appropriate environmental and strategic changes, and planned expenditure on an annual basis, across all areas;  
  • To provide oversight and guidance on the selection and prioritisation of all capital projects;
  • To receive and approve specific project proposals and briefs, taking account of overall campus cohesion;
  • To ensure at portfolio level that all capital projects undertaken by the University are managed and delivered using the appropriate project management methodology and authorisations;
  • To receive and consider reports from all Capital Project Boards, to monitor progress, spend and funding arrangements and provide oversight to and guidance on LTM expenditure.

Acquisitions and Disposals

  • To provide oversight and guidance on acquisitions and disposals for land and buildings.

Policy and Advice

  • To ensure due consideration is given across all projects to Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Risk Management and Health, Safety and Wellbeing and Inclusion;
  • To act within authority delegated from the Policy and Resources Committee on an ongoing basis.



Composition and Membership 2019-20




Karl Leydecker

Two Elected Members of Senate


Amy Bryzgel

Neil Vargesson

Vice-Principal (Student Recruitment)

Alan Speight

Vice Principal (Research)

Marion Campbell

Vice-Principal (International Partnerships)

Richard Wells

Vice-Principal (Education)

Ruth Taylor

Director of Operations

Debbie Dyker

President of the Students’ Association

Cecelia Wallback

Director of Finance

David Beattie

Director of Digital and Information Services

Brian Henderson

Director of Estates and Facilities

Angus Donaldson

Director of Planning

Hulda Sveinsdottir

Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities (Planning and Development)

Alan Wight



Project Director, Science Teaching Hub

Graeme Paton

Project Director, Johnstone Redevelopment

Graeme Nixon

Project Director, King’s Quarter



Heather Crabb