Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine next steps for improving student accommodation, including options for regulation - as well as the implications for universities and other accommodation providers, and for the students they serve.
There will be keynote addresses from:
- Dominic Kingaby, Student Experience Policy Lead, Department for Education; and
- Senior speaker to be confirmed from Unite Students.
Further confirmed speakers include: Karen Burke, Chair, Association for Student Residential Accommodation; David Smith, Policy Director, Residential Landlords Association and Dr Emily Walsh, Principal Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth.
Context and the focus for discussion
Delegates will discuss key issues for student housing in the context of significant developments, including:
- Growing numbers of councils introducing licensing systems for landlords;
- MHCLG reviewing responses to its recent consultation on managing fire risks in existing buildings, with significant implications for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA);
- The Government target to boost international student numbers to 600,000 by 2030;
- Increasingly volatile student enrolment numbers as a result of the removal of student number controls, and uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on EU-based applicants; and
- The Teaching Excellence Framework incorporating National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction data - with the quality of support services and student accommodation affecting university ratings;
The agenda in summary
- The changing shape of student expectations and how the market can respond;
- Addressing student complaints relating to accommodation;
- Expectations and experiences - safety, regulation, and delivering value for money;
- The crucial first year - supporting students in the transition to living away from home;
- What students want - insights from research on students’ views on renting;
- Inclusive approaches to accommodation - mental health and catering for the needs of different student characteristics; and
- Improving the student housing experience - key policy priorities.