Thursday 15th



Day Four: Thursday 15th April

09:00 - 11:00: Welcome to day 4, plenary 7 and networking 

Conference Hosted by Simon Fanshawe OBE 

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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 4  

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

09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 7: Hopes, Dreams & Sleepless Nights - 10 future student trends you really need to know about


A fast-paced look at various trends converging to paint a picture of student engagement in the run up to 2025. Some trends will be alive and kicking now; others will be quietly simmering away. We’ll look at future learning, skills, well-being, aspiration and connectivity, within a context of future careers, changing technology, globalisation and the increasing importance of purpose and social responsibility. Using insights from employers, universities, students and the emerging ‘Generation Alpha’. All must-know stuff to contextualise future campuses.

Jim Tudor, Founder, Future Index
10:30 - 11:00

Refreshment Break
Networking & Exhibition


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


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11:00 - 12:00 Session G1: Large learning spaces: What does the future hold?


How might large learning spaces evolve in the future? Seven experts, seven perspectives and each with 225 seconds of clarity and insight.

The demand for and use of large learning spaces is constantly evolving. Some of the key factors that are causing this transformation include changes in pedagogy and digital technologies. And, over the last year, the impact of Covid-19 has made the discussion about their future use even more immediate.

To reflect on these changes, we’ve assembled seven academics and industry experts. Each will use PechaKucha, a rapid and dynamic presentation technique (15 slides and only 15 seconds each). The upshot is that the audience will get a rapid distillation of insightful information in a concise and fast-moving format.

We’ve given each speaker the freedom to take this topic in whatever direction they wish: this will include changes in pedagogy, innovative uses of space and an exploration of those things that might be fundamental to large learning spaces of the future.

So what does the future hold? Join us for an exhilarating and thought-provoking hour.

Russell Day, Education Sector Head, Sir Robert McAlpine

Emma-Louise Hannigan, Associate/ Education Lead Ireland, HLM Architects

Dr Jos Boys, Senior Lecturer in Environments for Learning, UCL

Lucy Plumridge, Associate Director (Education), HLM Architects

Rupert Goddard, Partner, Sheppard Robson

Stafford Critchlow, Director, WilkinsonEyre

Ian Taylor, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Session kindly supported by Sir Robert McAlpine

11:00 - 12:00

Session G2: Creating a responsible all-electric building 


Experts from Hoare Lea discuss the development of a bespoke sustainability approach to create an all-electric building that goes beyond energy targets. Discover how zero on-site carbon production was achieved using air source heat pump technology, alongside a project specific approach to wider sustainability issues, to ensure the best possible environment for people and planet.

Kevin Couling, Sustainability Project Director, Hoare Lea

Nick Lawrence, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Hoare Lea

Session kindly supported by Hoare Lea

11:00 - 12:00 Session G3: How Modern Methods of Construction can add value to HE developments


The construction industry and education are both in a period of transformational change. The principals of standardised design, pre-manufactured value and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are quickly becoming key drivers in how projects in the education sector are designed, manufactured and assembled. This talk will introduce the background and terminology around MMC, explore how it can applied to modern education projects and discuss Curtins’ MMC Options Appraisal toolkit. The talk will also consider how design options can be compared to MMC categories, and how additional technologies can be integrated into traditional construction techniques to add value to the scheme. 

Andy Macfarlane, Director, Curtins

Dan Evans, Executive Director, Curtins

Session kindly supported by Curtins 

12:00 - 14:30: Lunch, plenary 8, networking and exhibition  

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12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
Networking & Exhibition
13:00 - 14:00 Plenary 8: Fire, Water and Collapse – the unholy trinity of threats to your estate


Highlighted by the Edinburgh Schools situation which resulted in the collapse of the outer leaf of a number of PFI schools constructed in the period 1995 – 2005. The subsequent and inevitable enquiry was headed by John Cole who was formerly Head of Health Estates in Northern Ireland and has highlighted quite considerable challenges on supervision of publicly funded construction right across Scotland. He and the subsequent report has also brought to the fore issues with fire stopping. Knowing that many universities take differing approaches to construction this session explores what might be lurking in your estate and how to learn lessons from the past.

Gary Jebb, Director of Place, The University of Edinburgh

Professor John Cole, Independent Consultant

Dawson Stelfox, Consultant Conservation Architect, Consarc Design Group

14:00 - 14:30

Meet our conference supporters and visit the exhibition stands


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

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14:30 - 15:30 Session H1: The Influence of the HE Built Environment on Student Outcomes


In early 2021, Willmott Dixon, AUDE and HEDQF launched a major research project to examine the link between the HE built environment and student outcomes. This session will provide more information on the research project – its background, aims and how it will develop over the two-to-three year research period. The session will also invite feedback from attendees to support shaping the research at this early stage.

Jane White, Executive Director, AUDE

Dr. Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, University of London, and Chair of HEDQF

Richard James, Higher Education Sector Manager, Willmott Dixon

Dr. Sonja Oliveira, Associate Professor in Architecture and Design Innovation, UWE

Session kindly supported by  Willmott Dixon

14:30 - 15:30 Session H2: Where Next for the Office?


Mat will provide insights into how the commercial sector, including both landlords and tenants, is approaching the question of what to do with their office estates in a post-Covid world. He will explore the pace at which the commercial sector is approaching making decisions in this difficult area (and why) as organisations contemplate various versions of a 'return to the office'. He will provide examples of what is being done in practice and seek to draw out whether there are learnings for universities in the approach the commercial sector is taking to their office estates.

Mat Oakley, Head of Savills UK and European Property Research Team

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

Session kindly supported by Savills

14:30 - 15:30 Session H3: Transforming your estate to gain a competitive advantage


Our panel of subject matter experts will explore current estate cost saving opportunities that present themselves to universities in a time of uncertainty.

Sean Gleeson, Director, CBRE Local FM

Andy Higgs, Director, CBRE Project Management & Building Consultancy

Kay Green MBA, Head of Strategic Space Management, University of Sheffield

George Griffith, Director, G2G Consulting

Kirsten Dyer, Director, CBRE Valuation & Advisory

Session kindly supported by CBRE

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 9: Informing future-facing HE design


The workshop draws from EDU’s current study for AUDE, and our respective specialisms in user engagement, progressive building services, and holistic architecture, to enhance user experience, reduce lifetime and operational carbon emissions, and provide relevant, quality design that offers value for money. Aimed at improving space utilisation and reducing carbon emissions on HE estates, the session will address the key topics of space utilisation, space management, and continuously optimising energy consumption to suit occupancy and function,the workshop invites participants to share your experience in harnessing more for less, whether by levelling up poorer space, exploiting residual space, managing space more productively, responding to the implications of technology for new modalities of teaching, learning and sociability, and / or meeting widely increased aspirations for wellbeing.  The outcomes from the workshop will be used to prioritise the key topics in the EDU’s study for AUDE. While this scope is equally relevant to new build projects when these come on stream following post-Covid normalisation, the workshop is oriented to our near-term view to optimise existing campus provisions. The workshop will be led by the EDU’s principals from Make, ZZA Responsive User Environments and Max Fordham, but also harnesses inputs from our colleagues at Elliot Wood and Gustafson Porter + Bowman, with their respective foci on structure and landscaping, both highly pertinent to successful retrofitting buildings and external campus spaces.  

David Patterson, Partner, Make Architects

Ziona Strelitz, Founder Director, ZZA Responsive User Environments

Phil Armitage, Senior Partner, Max Fordham

John Treble, Founder and Client Services Director, The Green Consultancy

George Georgiou, Director, Elliott Wood

Donncha O Shea, Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman

James Redman, Project Architect, Make Architects

16:00 - 17:00 Workshop 10: How the HE Climate Action Toolkit can help you build back better


The Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders recently launched the HE Climate Action Toolkit. You will hear from one of the authors, Jim Longhurst, on how the Toolkit can support universities further to take climate action and how to get buy-in at senior leadership and governor levels. Manveer will give a student perspective on why it is vital for universities to take action now to maintain a competitive edge in the sector. The pandemic has provided us with many challenges but now is the time to look at the opportunities on how universities can build back better.

If you are planning to attend this session, please take a look at our toolkit in advance - We would be happy to answer any queries you have during the session.

Professor Jim Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England Bristol and Climate Commissioner

Manveer Gill, Project Officer, CDP


16:00 - 17:00 Workshop 11: Capital Costs Database


Updates and a live demonstration of functionality and capability of the AUDE Capital Cost Database; an online repository developed to capture and benchmark cost data in a central location.



Kenneth Kinsella, Director of Capital Development, London School of Economics and Political Science

Steven Jenkins,
Director, Tertiary Education Sector Lead, UK & Ireland, AECOM

Andrew Edwards, Digital Lead, UK & Ireland, AECOM

Alison Wring, Director, Program, Cost Consultancy, UK & Ireland, AECOM


17:00 - 17:15 Refreshment Break  

17:15 - 18:15: AUDE Awards 2021 

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17:15 - 18:15

AUDE Awards 2021

The AUDE awards ceremony is one of the many highlights at our annual conference.  The exceptional achievements of universities and their talented estates and facilities teams are encapsulated in five categories. The awards ceremony recognises the achievements and successes of estates and facilities management professionals across the higher education sector. 

Join us at the prestigious AUDE awards ceremony to celebrate this years winners and highly commended teams and individuals.

Welcome for all conference delegates and families! 

Kindly sponsored by Hoare Lea 


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