Monday 12th



Day One: Monday 12th April

09:00 - 11:00: Welcome to day 1, plenary 1 and networking

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08:00 - 09:00 Wellness programmes - available on demand   
09:00 - 09:25

Exhibition open - meet our conference supporters  

09:25 - 09:30 Welcome Address Day 1 Jane White, Executive Director, AUDE

Stephen Wells, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, University of Surrey and AUDE Chair
09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 1: Psychological Wellbeing at Work: causes, consequences and solutions


For most people of working age their experiences in the workplace have a significant influence on their overall levels of psychological wellbeing. Work-related positive and negative influences on psychological wellbeing are much less apparent than factors that affect physical health and even for well-intentioned managers it may be hard to grasp the key drivers of wellbeing at work.

This presentation will cover three main areas:
• the role of psychological well-being in physical health, individual performance and organizational outcomes and why enhanced psychological wellbeing is win-win for individuals and organizations;
• the factors that influence psychological wellbeing at work, including workplace stressors, personal factors, management and leadership;
• interventions that can be used to protect and improve psychological wellbeing to help people have more good days at work.

Professor Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson Cooper Ltd
10:30 - 11:00

Refreshment Break
Networking & Exhibition


11:00 - 12:00: Business sessions Block A

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11:00 - 12:00 Session A1: Don’t Demolish, Re-Use – How to Make an Impact With What Already Exists


The past 12 months have accelerated change and have compressed budgets, while sustainable targets have remained. With blended learning and flexible use of offices here to stay, space demand is reduced but the importance of a campus that communicates brand and experience is even more critical.

We feel strongly that the right choice is always to re-use existing structures, and our presentation looks at the challenge of working with what already exists over a variety of projects to figure out the opportunities and pitfalls that they present.

We will look at working with listed structures, looking at 1960’s buildings and how to fit out modern office buildings for labs. We will talk about our experience across other sectors and the attraction that these buildings have for occupiers, where identity, a sense of place and a design edge are all-important.

Rupert Goddard, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Renza La Sala, Associate, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Alex Solk, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Richmal Wigglesworth, Associate, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Eugene Sayers, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Session kindly supported by Sheppard Robson 

11:00 - 12:00 Session A2: The Intelligent Campus: Collaboration between Estates and IT


At the University of Birmingham, we believe that the Intelligent Campus will serve as a platform that fosters the innovation needed to deliver an excellent University campus that is fit for the future. It has also provided the University with an opportunity to develop a unique approach to collaboration between its Estates and IT.

In this session, the Directors of Estates and IT will take part in a panel discussion with PTS to share some reflections on what has worked well in developing an Intelligent Campus vision and 5-year programme plan. We will discuss how we reconsidered the relationship between Estates and IT, developing new and distinct roles and responsibilities across both teams to promote innovation. We will showcase the early benefits of collaboration through various pilots and rollouts, including occupancy sensor studies, digital wayfinding, chatbots, learner analytics, and the design of our new Dubai Campus.

The panel will finish by exploring the progress made, in partnership with PTS, in developing a strong Intelligent Campus vision and strategy that we will soon be taking forward to the University’s Executive Council.

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

Daniel Lawrence, Director of IT Services, University of Birmingham

Matt Beveridge, Innovation Manager, University of Birmingham

Sam Harrow, IT Business Relationship Manager, University of Birmingham

Mark Perrett, Head of Public Sector, PTS

Kevin Brownell, Smart Campus Lead, PTS

Session kindly supported by PTS 

11:00 - 12:00 Session A3: Sustainable Campuses – Our Ten Year Journey with the University of Manchester


Arcadis have worked with the University for the last decade delivering various parts of the capital programme from the £61m National Graphene Institute to the £400m MECD, with new parks and heat networks along the way. This talk will look at this transformational programme and take a sustainability lens to view the intended and actual impacts, as well as the wider aspirations as the journey continues towards a zero carbon campus. This will include some of the challenges for the University and wider sector that will need addressing.

Ian Aldous, UK Account Director for Universities & Science, Arcadis

Helen Cutts, Environmental Sustainability Officer, The University of Manchester

Session kindly supported by Arcadis

11:00 - 12:00 Session A4: Social Value: A University Context – Can Universities benefit from recent government Social Value mandates? 


The recent announcements from central government forces us all to think about the real impact of how we can work together to increase social impact for the good of everyone. It also opens the doors wider for opportunities for students, SMEs, and charity groups to work collaboratively with Universities to make the most impactful solution for the community.

Current concerns that are fundamentally changing the world around us – Brexit, Covid-19, the UN SDG’s, Net Zero Carbon – are all key drivers for social value and this is an opportunity to bring together communities.

Setting clear objectives at early engagement stage can make a real difference and the session will explore how setting early key deliverables can show significant added value. 

Peter Masonbrook, Social Value Lead, Associate Director, Faithful+Gould

Marcus Lyon, National Head of Education, Director, Faithful+Gould

Chaired by Jaime-Louise O'Donnell, Associate Director - Client Development, Faithful+Gould 

Session kindly supported by Faithful+Gould

 12:00 - 14:30: Lunch, plenary 2, networking and exhibition

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12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break
Networking & Exhibition

13:00 - 14:00

Plenary 2: The economic headwinds facing higher education post Covid-19


The most recent statistics on the state of the UK economy paint a particularly negative picture. Across the economy, employment and number of hours worked have declined significantly, while any sustained economic recovery will be hampered by Brexit. A weak labour market and poor earnings growth – particularly impacting young people – forms the basis of the financial position facing higher education institutions. Against this background and the heavy cost of Covid-19 on HE finances, London Economics’ presentation will discuss the impact of the wider economy on the prospects for the higher education sector post Covid – outlining some of the government choices with respect to funding for tuition fees and student support (and long awaited changes), research funding (and access), demands from students for rebates, and future demand from EU-domiciled and International students. 

Dr Gavan Conlon, Partner and co-head of the Education and Labour Markets Team, London Economics

Ms Maike Halterbeck, Divisional Director, London Economics

14:00 - 14:30

Meet our conference supporters and visit the exhibition stands


14:30 - 15:30: Business sessions Block B

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14:30 - 15:30 Session B1: The future of Net Zero Carbon for Higher Education Estates


COVID has only reinforced the critical need for Universities to ensure their institutions have sustainable estates managed responsibly and strategically. Our panellists will draw on their experiences working on the award winning UCL New Student Centre and LSE Centre Building. In this session we will explore how the built environment sector can develop net-zero carbon strategies that create long term value across the entire lifecycle of university estates. From bringing carbon literacy into the curriculum to engage students, greener construction methods, bridging the gap between research and industry, data driven net-zero scenario modelling, carbon emissions reductions and the role of offsets, challenges in operations, and lessons for the next generation of net-zero carbon estates.

Conor Storkey, Head of Sustainably - Construction, Mace

Alice Ashpitel, Sustainability Manager, Mace

Charles Joly, Head of Sustainability, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Terry Spraggett, Managing Director, Mace

Session kindly supported by Mace

14:30 - 15:30 Session B2: Will the IoT revolution outpace CAFM / IWMS evolution?


Use of Computer Systems in Facility Management has come a long way since the early years of CMMS designed around robust asset maintenance. They have evolved into systems that recognise the importance of spaces not just assets, leading to CAFM, and more latterly the emergence of IWMS systems dealing with Real Estate and Facility Management in its widest sense.

So, will the emergence of IoT result in I2WMS, or something even more profound? And if there is to be a wave of data flowing from massive IoT deployments, if that is not going to have a profound impact on computer aided systems currently used by facility mangers, then where will this data be held and how will it drive change?

The session will explore a number of key themes, so that when you are involved in discussions on IoT in your University, if this has not happened already, you will have a number of additional reference points to draw on to help ensure any investment in IoT is worthwhile.

Garry J Metcalfe, CEO, Invida

Session kindly supported by Invida

14:30 - 15:30 Session B3: Future Research Design: Academic Led, Servant of Industry or Both


Universities are today acting as the key engines of our progressive society. They are increasingly integrating their research activities and blending their interests and funding with Commerce and Industry.
This has been shown particularly clearly through the worldwide cooperation across governments, academia and industry, in pursuit of treatments and vaccines for Covid 19.
We propose to explore the implications of creating blended research facilities where academic and commercial interest can co-exist, support and benefit from each other.
Topic Headings:
(a) IP Issues.
(b) Property Issues
(c) Design Issues
(d) Operational Issues

Peter Dudley, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Kevin Bates, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Peter Smyth, Commercial Director, Tyndall National Institute

Grant Bourhill, Chief Executive, Space Park Leicester

Session kindly supported by Scott Tallon Walker Architects

15:30 - 16:00

Refreshment Break
Networking & Exhibition


16:00 - 17:00: Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshops

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16:00 - 17:00 Workshop 1: Sustainable Campus


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be vital if we are to have a liveable planet for our children. Universities must play a role, but the goals were not explicitly designed for the higher education sector.
As key holders of intellectual, financial and physical resources, universities have a huge part to play.
In 2019, Times Higher Education launched our University Impact Ranking, using the SDGs as a template for measuring universities’ efforts and achievements in the realm of sustainability. Within this framework, estates and those who manage them play a major role.

In this session we will discuss the various aspects of a university campus that can be viewed through the lens of sustainability – and we hope to hear your views and ideas on how those many goals can be achieved.

Emma Deraze, Senior Data Scientist, Times Higher Education

Chair: Andrew Nolan, Development & Sustainability Director, University of Nottingham and Chair of AUDE Sustainability Advisory Group

16:00 - 17:00

Workshop 2: Learning lessons from Covid-19 for the design of the future sustainable campus


The workshop will share findings the recent opinion surveys of University students about student life (pre-covid), during Covid and their views on sustainability. The session will be include contributions from Stephen Wells, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, University of Surrey and Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director, University of Strathclyde and Deputy Chair of the AUDE sustainability Group. We will then open to attendees for questions and discussion about the findings about what they mean in contrast to each other and how they impact on the design of the future campus

Rupert Cook, Miltiadou Cook Mitzman architects, HEDQF Trustee and Co-Chair Research Group

Alex Grigull, Associate Grimshaw Architects, Interim Co-Chair Research Group

Stephen Wells, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, University of Surrey, AUDE Chair and steering group member for the Covid opinion survey

Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director, University of Strathclyde and Deputy Chair of the AUDE sustainability Group

16:00 - 17:00 Workshop 3: Delivering Integrated Facilities Within a More Efficient and Sustainable Estate - a work shadowing framework for the HE sector


In these volatile times the HE sector faces an array of external challenges and the need to create a more efficient, resilient and sustainable estate grows. We consider that integrated facilities could be developed and enhanced by sharing knowledge, skills and best practise between institutions. Our proposal sets out a scalable scheme which will enable estates divisions across all Universities to upskill their staff by engaging at an individual level with their peer network, or at a more structured level through secondment or job shadowing. This proposal has focused on job shadowing and how we can acquire the skills we need.

Naomi Ashenden, Head of Estates Planning and Compliance, Keele University

Steve Jordan, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, The University of Manchester

Barry Morton, Director – Facilities Services, University of Glasgow

Jonathan Craner, Senior Project Manager, University of Portsmouth

Anna Cockman, Head of Estate Development (Project Delivery), Lancaster University

Ian Millar, Assistant Director of the Built Environment, University of Exeter

Richard Jenden, Director of Property and Space Strategy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jack Hunter, Head of Improvements, Newcastle University

Jane White, Executive Director, AUDE

16:00 - 17:00 Workshop 4: New Director of Estates Informal Meeting


This workshop is for directors of estates  who are new to the sector and to our conference. It will be an informal workshop with opportunities to speak to two AUDE Executive members.

*Please note this workshop will not be recorded. 

Diana Hampson MBE - Director of Estates & Facilities, The University of Manchester

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates, Nottingham Trent University


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