Westminster Higher Education Forum

Developing university and colleges estates - investment trends, smart and sustainable design, and the changing face of learning environments

Morning, Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will focus on the latest thinking in campus design and development.


The discussion takes place in the context of:


  • record investment in HEI estates but uncertainty over the future of university funding;
  • the 2050 net zero carbon target requiring HEIs to examine the sustainability of their estates; and
  • introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework - with student satisfaction survey results contributing to the overall score - focusing minds on to the extent to which campuses contribute to a positive student experience.

Delegates will discuss innovative approaches to designing learning environments, including the challenges of producing spaces that support the latest thinking in pedagogical practice - including the use of learning technologies - whilst being flexible enough to stand the test of time.


Further sessions explore possibilities for integrating technologies into the wider estate including the latest on Jisc’s intelligent campus project - as well as ensuring accessibility to new and existing estates is improved to support students with visible and other disabilities.


Delegates will consider the role of design and redevelopment in meeting changing student expectations - with regard to study and recreational space, provision for technology, and the different facilities needs of students attending in the evening or living on campus.


We also expect discussion on how campuses can be designed to take account of the ‘third mission’ of universities in engaging with the communities in which they sit, and the opportunities this presents for revenue generation, improving university-business links and wider local relationships, and widening participation.


In light of the net zero 2050 target, further sessions will consider the sustainability of existing estates and assessing how redevelopment can be achieved whilst minimising environmental footprint - as well as the opportunity HEIs have to play a leading role in utilising cutting-edge technologies and construction practices and showcasing best practice in sustainable design.



Keynote Speakers

Professor John French

Executive Director, Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge and Board Member and Trustee, EAUC

Julian Robinson

Chair, HEDQF and Director of Estates, London School of Economics and Political Science

Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, Research England

Keynote Speakers

Julian Robinson

Chair, HEDQF and Director of Estates, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor John French

Executive Director, Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge and Board Member and Trustee, EAUC

Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, Research England

Speakers

Joe Barrett

President, Global Mobile Suppliers Association

James Clay

Head, Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc

Peter Radford

Principal, Amber Infrastructure Group