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Estates management 2020/21 - Support not offices NIA

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Estates management 2020/21

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Support not offices NIA

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Short nameSMNIAS

This field contains data about the Net Internal Area (NIA) support space (not offices). 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 forms part of the calculation for Non-residential NIA total, which is mandatory for HE providers in England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

This field records the NIA of space which is not offices and which is not included elsewhere. This space is expected to support the operations of the HE provider as a whole. It would include:

  • non-office central support/administration space,
  • social space (not Student Unions as these are counted in Non-residential NIA other),
  • sports facilities (where not used predominantly for teaching),
  • catering space,
  • support space.

Learning space should be included in this category and is defined as centrally-available and controlled NIA used as learning resource centres, libraries or open access computer space available for general student use. Similar space used for departments should be allocated to teaching or research as appropriate.

As with teaching and research space, the office element of 'central support' space should be identified separately (Support offices NIA), with the residual other space coded under (Support not offices NIA).

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 not offices NIA. 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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Reason required Sector use and benchmarking.
Part of
Field length11
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
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Element: SMNIAS

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