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Estates management 2020/21 - Support NIA learning centre space

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Estates management 2020/21

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Support NIA learning centre space

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Short nameSMNIALC

This field contains data about the Net Internal Area (NIA) of support space associated with learning centres. The value can be recorded to three decimal places.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All higher education providers (HEPs).

UnitSquare metre (m²)

This field records the NIA of library and learning centre space, which should also be included in Support offices NIA and Support not offices NIA.

In accordance with the definition used in the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) annual statistics, libraries/learning centres are defined as a systematic collection of information resources and having a separate entrance. These resources may be in print or other media.

A storage facility, whether or not staffed, on or off-campus, counts as a separate library if it has a separate entrance. It also includes PC clusters, even large open access PC areas housed within libraries and photocopying services.

Providers should include offices that are part of the library/learning centre, such as offices for the Head of the Resource Centre, section management, technical facilities staff, subject librarians, general librarians and resource administration.

This definition includes open access computing areas that are integral to the library/learning centre, but would leave other dispersed open access rooms, which should be returned in the appropriate NIA field.

The floor area return is likely to include the types of space covered by the SCONUL Statistical Return heading 1b and 1d, but note that the SCONUL data are gross areas and for the avoidance of doubt, the net area is requested here.

Where the associated costs, such as waste and energy cannot be separately identified for a commercial space area, NIA for the commercial space area should be included in the EMR under Total NIA commercial space (SMNIACT). Providers should return the commercial space area as per other areas under the appropriate space measurement field, in this case Support NIA associated with catering. Providers should also return the space under Total NIA commercial space. This way, the total commercial space area can be distinguished from Total NIA.

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Field length11
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Element: SMNIALC

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