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Few sectors have seen such radical changes to their operational environments over the past 20 years than universities and other higher education institutions.

A massive surge in student numbers, the introduction and expansion of tuition fees and the arrival of third party accommodation providers have all radically altered universities’ property requirements. The impact of changing political circumstances on research funding and overseas student numbers threatens to be yet another seismic event for the sector.

Our experts are uniquely well-suited to assist universities in matching their estates to their operational requirements. Working across a range of disciplines, we advise institutions on all areas of estate strategy, the full lifecycle of property assets – including conception, management and potential disposal – and associated services such as business rates mitigation. Crucially, we understand the sensitivities of the sector, allowing us to explore and enact genuinely innovative opportunities.

Based in London, but with representation throughout our national office network, our universities team is a trusted adviser to over 50 universities as well as advising lenders, investors and developers working with the sector.

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