Our Research Group gauges the industry’s ‘temperature’ by carrying out an annual survey, whilst also actively contributing to ‘setting the temperature’ for the Higher Education sector. Our primary focus is to champion positive design outcomes that enhance the experiences of building users and explore the success of completed built environment projects in use.

Participation in our endeavours is open to all members who share a keen interest in research, promoting a diverse mix of representatives from higher education institutions, as well as design and construction consultancies.

We undertake consumer research through collaboration with YouthSight, delving into various aspects of student life to gain insights into experiences and expectations. Our research further extends to building performance, estate optimisation or environmental strategies. We therefore actively collaborate with other organisations, including AUDE, to enrich the depth of our research and disseminate valuable knowledge across these the fields.

Access our published work by following this link.

We always welcome individuals interested in participating in our ongoing research activities. If you are eager to get involved, please reach out to the UDF Admin team via email at