Buildings and Estates Subcommittee (BESC)

Buildings and Estates Subcommittte (BESC) is a subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC). It is responsible for management and maintenance of the functional estate, except for matters which are the responsibility of divisions, the Capital Steering Group and other bodies. It considers and advises PRAC on the allocation of land and property and oversees repairs and maintenance programmes. 

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Membership as at TT 2024 will be as follows

Name Conditions of Appointment Until
Professor Graham Taylor (interim) A Chair appointed by Council who shall also serve on the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council TT 2024
Dr David Prout The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) Ex officio
Professor Dan Grimley  A person appointed by the Humanities Divisional Board MT 2026
Professor Graham Taylor A person appointed by the MPLS Divisional Board MT 2025
Dr Brid Cronin A person appointed by the Medical Sciences Divisional Board MT 2025
Professor Timothy Power  A person nominated by the Social Sciences Divisional Board MT 2024
Richard Ovenden The Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian or a person nominated by the Director Ex officio
Dr Alexander Sturgis A person appointed by the Gardens, Libraries and Museums Board from among the directors of the University's museums MT 2025
Professor Andrew Martin, Kellog Two persons elected by Congregation MT 2024
Tania Boyt  MT 2026
Student VP one student member representative selected by the sabbatical officers of the Oxford University Student Union from among their own number MT 2023
Mr Brian Buckingham Co-opted (the subcommittee may co-opt up to two additional members, who may be external) HT 2027
Secretary: Planning and Council Secretariat (Ms Sarah Gardner)


 Officers in attendance:

  • Junior Proctor 

Each meeting will commence at 10.00 a.m


Week Date of BESC meeting
Michaelmas Term 2023  
Week 1 Cancelled 12 October 2023
Week 5 9 November 2023
Week 9 7 December 2023
Hilary Term 2024  
Week 1 18 January 2024
Week 5 15 February 2024
Week 9 14 March 2024
Trinity Term 2024  
Week 1 25 April 2024
Week 5 23 May 2024
Week 9 20 June 2024


For advice about the deadlines for papers, please speak to the Secretary, Ms Sarah Gardner.


For the regulations of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee please click here:



Contact us

Planning and Council Secretariat

Sarah Gardner

+44 01865 (2)70021