In-person event 3 - 6 April
University of Liverpool


AUDE Annual Conference 2023

Conference plenaries and workshops slides

Please find below the synopsis and the presentation slides from the sessions that took place at the AUDE Annual Conference 2023. Please note that some of the sessions slides are not available - this is indicated below. Session speakers can be found using the 'speakers' link in the menu to the right.

Tuesday 4 April 2023

Professor Fiona Beveridge, Professor Alex Lord and Professor Peter North will talk about the connectivity between the University of Liverpool and its well-connected role in the regeneration of the city with a focus on urban regeneration and outlining the case for inward national and international investment in the region and the impact of regeneration on communities, looking at better systems moving forward, local support structures and how we can support more

Speakers: Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Liverpool; Professor Peter North, Professor of Alternative Economies, University of Liverpool; Professor Alex Lord B.A., Ph.D., Lever Chair of Town and Regional Planning, University of Liverpool

Facilitator: Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design


Workshop Sessions Block A

In this session, Professor Carly McLachlan will be talking about the opportunities and challenges for delivering urgent, significant and sustained emissions reductions in university estates. The session will reflect on the range and nature of targets - and particularly around many of the targets across the sector being beyond our current delivery plans. As well as sharing experience of specific technical projects across attendees the session will also talk about the role of leadership, culture and skills in delivering ambitious decarbonisation plans.

Speaker: Professor Carly McLachlan, Director Tyndall Manchester, University of Manchester


AUDE Summer School 2022 Joint Group Project Winners

The collection and availability of data is ever increasing. The increased application of this data and the developing collaboration between data systems and facilities has the potential to improve both user experience and building performance within the Higher Education estate. As a result, rather than data being the new challenge, we see data as being the “new opportunity”.

This session reflects on this data opportunity. The Higher Education sector has begun its journey on realising the benefits of data and we discuss and share research, knowledge and experience that can help out on this journey; assisting in identifying the extent of the challenge, providing the basis of a roadmap to help Estates teams meet the challenge, the consideration of futureproofing in lieu of immediate investment, as well as highlighting some of the potential pitfalls.

Speakers: Bradley Crocker, Head of Building and Engineering, University of Plymouth, Aislinn Wood, Estates Operations Programme Manager, University of Edinburgh, Alan McNeil, Project Director, HD Property Consultants Ltd and Dr Richard H.V. Jones, Head of Capital Projects, University of Oxford


Join the workshop for the opportunity to ask John a question on the topic of Inclusion.

Speaker: John Amaechi OBE, Organisational Psychologist and Founder of APS Intelligence

No slides

Fiona Bradley (University of Glasgow) and Ruth Kerrigan (Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd.) will present an overview of performance enabled Digital Twins that were created for the University of Glasgow including new and existing buildings, looking at whole building life cycle from design through to operation and refurbishment.

Speakers: Ruth Kerrigan, Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd; Fiona Bradley, Professor of Structural Engineering Design, University of Glasgow

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As building costs soar and economic uncertainty rises, tender price inflation continues to escalate reflecting that Contractors are now passing on the soaring building cost inflation which we have been witnessing since early 2021. This workshop will:
• Explore the macroeconomic factors influencing  construction price inflation
• Explore key emerging themes, fixed price vs price fluctuation contracts
• Context of the Public Procurement Regulations
• Procurement strategies to minimise market impacts,
• Areas for future review an exploration

Speakers: Steven Jenkins, Director, Tertiary Education Sector Lead, AECOM; Tania Viljoen, Project Director, Tertiary Education and Science Sector, AECOM; Arron Howell, Associate Cost Manager, AECOM; Edd Burton, Head of Advisory, AECOM


In 2020, the Education Design Unit (EDU) – a collaboration between Make Architects, Elliott Wood, Max Fordham, Gustafson Porter + Bowman and ZZA Responsive User Environments – responded to a call from the AUDE for insights on the optimisation of higher education estates. How can estates address the climate crisis and move towards net zero? How can the design of university buildings and spaces accommodate the requirements associated with the changing culture in learning and student living, further impacted by Covid? And how can existing building stock be harnessed for increased value? The EDU’s Strategic Guide explores these questions in a comprehensive framework to make internal and external HE spaces more effective and sustainable and achieve contemporary relevance with value-for money design.

Recognising the diverse interest groups that bear on an institution’s success, responding to concerns expressed in interviews with directors of estates across nine UK universities and in workshop discussions with AUDE members, and backed by a range of case studies, the Guide offers a rounded methodology for evaluating the adaptive potential of existing HE space. The EDU propose this as a toolkit to inform initial studies and design brief development, helping estates teams evaluate existing assets, and identify opportunities to add value, increasing flexibility and enhancing wellbeing.

Speakers: Phil Armitage, Senior Partner, Max Fordham LLP; David Patterson, Partner, Make Architects; Donncha O'Shea, Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman; George Georgiou, Director, ElliottWood; Ziona Strelitz, Founder Director, ZZA Responsive User Environments; James Redman, Project Lead, Make Architects

Chair: Charlotte Livingston, Head of Strategic Programmes & Governance, University of Warwick and Co-Chair of the AUDE Space Management Special Interest Group

Facilitator: James Redman, Project Lead, Make Architects

Join this session to hear John’s prepared remarks on ‘how can our estates and facilities directors do more to accelerate equality in the workplace’ followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

Speaker: John Amaechi OBE, Organisational Psychologist and Founder of APS Intelligence

No slides

Wednesday 5 April 2023

Headline supporter plenary

With growing pressure to be Responsible across our campuses what does this mean. This panel invites the key topics of environmental, social value and carbon looking at what the future looks like and predicting where we might be in 5, 10 and even 15 years time along this pathway.

Speakers: James Breckon, Director of Estates, University of Warwick; John Bailey, Associate Director, Turner and Townsend; Lisa Hofen BA CIWFM MRICS MBA, Director of Estates, Coventry University; Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Dr Joe Croft, Head of Environmental & Sustainability, Overbury

Facilitator: Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design

Plenary kindly supported by headline supporter: Overbury 


Headline supporter plenary

The world has finally woken up to the global challenge and the fact we all need to play a part to save our planet. Within our community, we need to collaborate to develop sustainable and green infrastructure to best serve the public in this challenge. Through this collaboration between the community and Universities everyone will benefit through a holistic approach to this. At a campus level we need to through a data driven approach, really challenge the need for physical space and once we have minimised this need develop through retrofit a way of making our buildings as efficient as possible to meet our carbon targets.

Using current examples, our proposed session will explore how we have helped communities work closer with universities for mutual benefit to develop green infrastructure. We will also look at the tools we are using through data to ensure the optimum space is being provided. Finally, we will look at how retrofit can make buildings carbon neutral.

Speakers: Clare Ibbeson, Portfolio Director, Sustainability and Climate Change Unit, Department for EducationKaterina Papavasileiou, Associate Director, Real Estate ESG and Responsibility, Construct Zero Advisory Board, Construction Leadership CouncilHelen Groves, Architect Director, Education Sector Lead, Atkins

Chair: Terry Stocks MBE, Director, Head of Public Sector, Faithful + Gould

Plenary kindly supported by headline supporter: Atkins and Faithful + Gould 


Workshop Sessions Block B

Get answers to your economic questions.

Speaker: Roger Martin-Fagg, Behavioural Economist, Martin-Fagg Associates Ltd

No slides

AUDE Summer School 2022 Joint Group Project Winners

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and is recognised across the Higher Education (HE) sector supporting 9 main characteristics.
These protected characteristics are considered during recruitment of students and staff in the sector, given support in terms and conditions and also the physical environment is adapted to eliminate discrimination and create a sense of belonging for all.

However we want to explore a tenth characteristic - neurodiversity. Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people think about things differently, have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. How is the HE sector responding to the challenges of inclusion of neurodiversity in the EDI toolkit, how can we implement neurodivergent learning in our recruitment and operations, our built environment and what does best practice look like, not only in the HE sector but in other real estate sectors?

Speakers: Colin Smith, Head of Facilities Management, Heriot-Watt University, Jill Marlow, Project Manager, Nottingham Trent University, Rebecca Samworth, Head of Strategy and Delivery, University of East Anglia, Dominic Duffy, Project Manager, University of Glasgow and Eilis Foy, Head of FM, University of Surrey


What happens when organisations STOP listening? You may have all the channels in place for voice, but the data and insight isn’t something you want to hear? Just like any relationship it will break down, communication (2-way) is critical and needs to be facilitated. It is no secret that HEi still has a very hierarchical and bureaucratic approach, and if you consider the external factors and governance required you can understand why? However this organisational design does not need to be a barrier to a creating a great community of colleagues, who are all clear on their purpose and have the autonomy and capability to have a fulfilling career within this sector. The challenge is academia, estates, professional service often have different operational purposes but in reality all should be connected to delivering student experience and performance. We will share some case studies and best practice from across the sector.

Speakers: Lisa Hughes, Senior Consultant, People Insight; Jane Tidswell, HE Sector Lead, People Insight


The session is hosted by the University Design Forum (formerly HEDQF) and will be introduced by University Design Forum Chair Trevor Wills (Director of Estates & Facilities, University of Plymouth).

The session will take the form of a panel debate with interaction invited from the audience responding to the statement: ‘the vast majority of purpose-build student residences are the same’. The session will start with a brief presentation of research undertaken on student residential schemes from the last 5 years across 6 UK cities and how they do or do not meet current needs.
The panel will be invited to debate the following questions as well as others encouraged from the audience:
• Does the current model suit current ways of living and learning?
• How has covid changed the learning landscape, had it changed already and are these changes for the long term (5, 10, 20 years +)?
• Does the current offer support future ways of living and learning?
• Is it time to build something different?
• If we agree change is needed what are the blockers to change- planning, tax rules, funding etc?

Speakers: John Ridgett, Associate Director, Atkins; Paul Conway, Director, Architecture PLB; Eleanor Magennis, Director of Estates, The Glasgow School of Art; Roland Shanks, Former Strategic Projects Manager (Estates), University of London; Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar; Chaired by Robert Kingham, Head of University Advisory, Student First Group; Trevor Wills, Director of Estates & Facilities, University of Plymouth

Chair: Robert Kingham, Head of University Advisory, Student First Group

Host: Trevor Wills, Director of Estates & Facilities, University of Plymouth


Hear from the growing BIM4Estates group as they discuss their approach/developments within their organisation to improving Estates operations and strategic information.

The BIM4Estates group will discuss its objectives as a peer to peer network currently of 40 participants and how your institute can benefit from getting involved as they look to improve the sector.

The session will cover:
• A brief overview of the speakers priorities within their organisations,
• Introduction to BIM4Estates
• The groups affiliation with NIMA
• The benefits they are hoping to achieve
• Why the group are prioritising certain tasks and;
• How they plan to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

Discussions will include conversation on BIM, GIS, CAFM, Digital Twins & Smart Campuses.

Speakers: Brett Plant, Systems and Digital Information Manager, BIM4Estates; Paul Eyden, Planning Manager, BIM4Estates and Rich Draper, Head of BIM and Digital Assets, BIM4Estates


Join APPA, HEFMA and TEFMA representatives in this international interview style workshop to hear how the last 3 years have reshaped their universities, what the future holds and hear about their unique aspects of their universities.

Speakers: Dave Irvin, Associate Vice President for Facilities/ Florida State University and APPA International Board Chair and Kathleen Packer, Director Facilities Management, University of Wollongong, Nadeem Gafieldien, Director: Property Services, Stellenbosch University

Chair: Umesh Desai, Director of Estates, Nottingham Trent University and AUDE Chair

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A look at current global macroeconomic data and what to expect over the next 18 months.

The four issues unique to the UK and the implications for growth;
• Why the Truss budget was utterly wrong
• The myths exposed
• The long haul for productivity gains
• Why house prices will not collapse

Speaker: Roger Martin-Fagg, Behavioural Economist, Martin-Fagg Associates Ltd

We don’t need more role models, we need more real models. We need to remember the power of authenticity and the power of vulnerability. Let’s make being real ideal. Maybe we shouldn’t inspire others to be another version of us, but a better version of themselves.

Being a real model is more powerful than being a role model.

Speaker: Hayley Mulenda, International Speaker, Author and Change Agent

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