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Policy and Best Practice

Mosaic Space works with university and college clients to develop policies and practices to improve the delivery of services to students and staff, and to achieve operational effectiveness.

We develop comprehensive space management policy documents, with associated rules, guidelines and procedures, that promote the effective and equitable use of physical resources. This work delivers transparency in space management decision-making by providing clear business rules, informed by the strategic goal of cost containment.

We also develop timetabling policies to ensure that both students and staff are provided with the best-possible class schedule that meets academic goals as well as staff and student preferences within the constraints imposed by space and time availability and the institutions goal off efficient space use.

Examples of our work:

In addition to work for individual clients, Mosaic Space supports the development of best-practice through the open discussion of policy and practice issues. To this end, we make available resources such as articles and White Papers that canvas a range of issues in space management, timetabling and university management.

Space Chargeback: Higher Education institutions have considered and/or adopted space charging schemes to encourage more efficient space use. Some have seen early successes followed by reduced effect in following years. A valuable 1993 paper on space utilisation and space charging in higher education by Dr Elizabeth Shove (Buildings and Society Research Unit) was unpublished elsewhere - it is available here with her permission:

Mosaic Space Principal John Pryzibilla proposed a set of Timetable Benchmarking measures in 2005, in response to questions raised about comparing university and college timetables, to determine whether one or another was a better solution for the institution's academic goals. The revised version of the paper is available here:

Other documents will be added to these resources over time.