Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities

Morning, Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


This timely seminar will examine challenges and opportunities in the student housing market.

Delegates will assess market dynamics and investment opportunities, as well as responses to growing uncertainty around student numbers and increasing competition in the sector.

They will discuss the quality and affordability of existing student housing, including issues surrounding maintenance and safety.

Attendees will also consider the impact and future of Purpose Build Student Accommodation (PBSA) following the introduction by the Government of the New Homes Bonus, which provides financial incentives for local authorities to introduce PBSA into their areas. The seminar comes with concerns surrounding PBSA’s viability due to student number uncertainty and, particularly in London, potential financial issues.

Further sessions look at priorities for developing new student accommodation in the context of changing student demands - with discussion on affordability and the latest developments in innovative design.

The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on how local authorities and universities can work together to plan for balance in housing provision, and integration, between student and permanent communities and at the same time foster community cohesion.

Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Gibson

Research Analyst, Residential Research, Savills

Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Gibson

Research Analyst, Residential Research, Savills

Keith White

Chairman, CRM Students


Andew Lewer MP

Member, House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee; Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) House Builders and Vice President, Local Government Association


John Blackwood

Chief Executive, Scottish Associations of Landlords

Isabella Camilleri

Vice-President, Welfare, University of Southampton Students’ Union

Cooper Healey

Manager, Manchester Student Homes and Chair, UK Town and Gown Association

David Feeney

Associate, Student Accommodation Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

Rupert Goddard

Partner, Sheppard Robson

Nick Hayes

Group Property Director, Unite Students

Richard Murphy

Managing Director, Richard Murphy Architects

Stuart Williams

Director, Thirlmere Deacon Property Investment

Grant Butterworth

Head of Planning, Leicester City Council

Councillor Shaun Stephenson-McGall

Member, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Student Engagement Manager, University of Bath

Zofia Lovell

Chairman, National Organisation of Residents Associations

John Condliffe

Partner, London, Hogan Lovells

Michelle Houston

Service Manager, Private Housing Standards, Sheffield City Council