Tuesday 13th



Day Two: Tuesday 13th April

09:00 - 11:00: Welcome to day 2, plenary 3 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 2
Jane White, Executive Director, AUDE
09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 3: Universities and These Uncertain Times


This session will consider all of the policy developments and announcements relating to the HE sector over the past 12 months - including the Skills White Paper, the Budget, and the new Plan for Growth - together with the impacts of Covid 19 on our campuses, towns, cities and the economy overall. It will then take a look at what’s coming up - from 2021 admissions to the Spending Review.

Professor Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester
10:30 - 11:00

Refreshment Break
Networking & Exhibition


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

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11:00 - 12:00 Session C1: Beyond the Perfect Storm: Integrated master planning and the future sustainable estate


Before 2020, the HE sector already faced a “perfect storm” of burgeoning competitive pressures, challenging student satisfaction indicators, high borrowing levels and risk-laden backlog maintenance liabilities. In an environment where margins were already too thin to cope with the “perfect storm”, Covid has caused even more mayhem the full impacts of which may still be masked as the crisis continues. A veil has now dropped; during 2020 HEIs have suffered from some seriously bad press which has exposed the fundamental disconnect in the business models of many: students pay for an experience which is as much about life-style as it is about tuition; without the life-style which is incidental to the “tuition fee”, the question of value for money becomes ever more sharply focused. In less palatable terms, students may actually value the life-style more than the tuition with serious implications for over-dependence on residential income levels and unprecedented pressure to deliver value in return for tuition fees. Perhaps never before has the intrinsic value of higher education been both more obvious and less appreciated.

What now if Covid endures or re-asserts itself in 2022 or 2023?  What happens if students who feel gouged by rent and fees policies in 2020 and 2021 continue to resent being “cash cows”?  What happens if the long forecast disruption of HE has already begun and cannot be reversed? 

In this session, we will share experiences from two estates strategy processes which unfolded in parallel with the pandemic.  We will discuss how difficult it is to strategise in a time of crisis (and how much better it would be to have strategies which are smart enough to anticipate and flex in response to crises).  We will examine the ways in which the foundations of pre-Covid business models were reconceived, how NZC strategies have particularly pressing and strategic relevance to institutional recovery and why institutional brands can no longer be entirely associated with their home town or city. 

Beyond the perfect storm and beyond Covid, the competitive pressure on HEIs which was already unsustainable will get worse in part because of the responses to Covid which have perpetuated old models.  The way back to normal is perilous, it may even be pointless and misguided to attempt it.  The way forward needs both a new mindset and new approaches if we are to see genuine recovery and to face the magnitude of the problems ahead.  With few “friends outside their borders”, HEIs need to step up to the challenge of improving the experience of students, to anticipate and get ahead of the value for money issues which lie ahead and to engage with a world which may be very much less tolerant of some of their historic foibles.  Given the transformational power and potential of the higher education experience and the vital societal, cultural and economic role of Universities, the key questions lie in whether estates investment in the next decade will mark a necessary change or a potentially futile attempt to return to “old normal”.  Join us to explore institutional vulnerability, disruptive innovation, the perpetuation of a familiar zombie and a route to saving the planet one project at a time.

Charles Dokk-Olsen, Director, Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Bryan Thomas, Managing Director, CPB Projects

Session kindly supported by Shepheard Epstein Hunter

11:00 - 12:00 Session C2: The Connected Campus


We invite you to join Nick (UPP) and Rob (Planon) to explore how leveraging technology to connect campus systems can improve the student experience. The session will include examples of integrated student apps, the use of Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards to drive strategic decision making and utilising data from BMS systems to prioritise and auto-allocate work. This will be an interactive session with plenty of real-world examples from Universities in the UK and around the world, as little PowerPoint as possible, we promise!

Nick Tonge, Planon System Manager, UPP 

Rob Williams, Global Presales Manager, Planon

Session kindly supported by Planon

11:00 - 12:00 Session C3: Route to a truly net zero carbon university campus


How will universities achieve world leading campuses to go with their world leading courses. Net Zero buildings are the way forward and the energy intensity targets to achieve this are challenging. Fundamentally, if the scale of the problem cannot be scrutinised in sufficient detail then the efficacy of solutions cannot be determined. This session will cover the methodologies that universities can use to drive change including why some are experiencing frustration with BREEAM and so have moved to develop bespoke assessments. A key area is the in use delivery of energy performance for new buildings and how the NABERS and PassivHaus methodologies have proven deliverability. Examples include work done for a number of universities as well as for the Welsh government on improving the deliverability of targets. This will also expand Cundall’s steps to zero carbon and how they relate to a campus.

Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner, Cundall

Session kindly supported by Cundall

11:00 - 12:00 Session C4: A Vision for a Learning Landscape


 Creating a spectrum to energise the campus  of formal, hybrid and informal learning spaces to maximise the potential and provide future resilience. 

Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor Architecture, Co-director UNESCO-UIA Education Commission, American University in Cairo

Shirley Dugdale, Learning Environments Strategist, Dugdale Strategy

Rory Sheppard, Architect, Hassell Studio

Session kindly supported by Hassell

12:00 - 14:30: Lunch, plenary 4, networking and exhibition


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12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break
Networking & Exhibition

13:00 - 14:00 Plenary 4: How Higher Education Can Keep Pace with Growing Sustainability Aspirations


Our planet is in crisis. Higher education stakeholders are among the many to recognize concerns, as challenges like climate change pummel institutions directly in incidents ranging from natural disasters to increased energy consumption. Left unchecked, universities even have the capability to contribute to our sustainability crisis, as resource consumption, carbon production, and waste generation increase. Understandably, students, faculty, alumni, and even governments demand action and response from their institutions. The pandemic forced many of us to pause our sustainability efforts. However, it also means institutions now have an opportunity to evaluate their strategies and come out stronger. This session will guide campus leaders as they consider how to revamp their sustainability strategy. First, we’ll review frameworks to prioritize best-fit sustainability initiatives by mapping them to an institution’s priorities. Next, we’ll consider how to best organize a sustainability plan to fit achievable and meaningful goals by utilising assessment and reporting systems. Finally, drawing on case studies from higher education institutions across the globe, we’ll explore how to create a coordinated sustainability organisation that effectively works with multiple stakeholders around campus.

Ron Yanosky, Director, Research, EAB

Plenary kindly supported by EAB

14:00 - 14:30

Meet our conference supporters and visit the exhibition stands



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

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14:30 - 15:30 Session D1: A Transformed Estate in a Post Covid World


The presentation by Sheffield Hallam University and designers BDP will explore their campus masterplan and how it has been impacted by the pandemic.

The session will cover:
- new ways of working and learning
- size and shape of the future estate
- flexible and adaptable approach to designing academic buildings
- a campus based upon an activity based ecosystem
- creating a sense of belonging and identity for students and staff
- collaborative delivery vehicle - the Hallam Alliance

Sue Emms, Principal and Education Lead, BDP

Daniel Ladbury, Director of Estates & Facilities, Sheffield Hallam University

Sinead O’Toole, Senior Future Spaces Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

Session kindly supported by BDP

14:30 - 15:30 Session D2: Knowing me, Knowing You - Analytics, Hierarchy, Application: using data for good decision-making in universities


A deep understanding of Data is increasingly becoming a major driver in decision-making for Universities. Atkins has recently been commissioned to carry out a research project for AUDE to investigate ‘What does good Higher Education space data look like’, building on the established EMR information and future potential data sources. In this session we will look at the wider sources of data that is available to institutions, and how they can be used to improve engagement and decision-making through interrogation and visualisation. This will encompass sector-specific information as well as wider topics such as wellbeing, student satisfaction and the zero carbon agenda.

Helen Groves, Head of Education - Architecture, Atkins

John Ridgett
, Head of Higher Education London & SE - Architecture, Atkins

Session kindly supported by Atkins

14:30 - 15:30 Session D3: The benefits of MMC: Carbon & Quality


The talk will showcase the benefits of MMC through three key Higher Education case studies:

• University of Warwick IBRB The design and delivery of this inter-disciplinary biomedical research building has been about creating a flexible and adaptable long life, loose fit facility for the University while employing as much off-site construction as possible. This has included structure, façade, services, bespoke finishes and lab fit out modules. The elegant simplicity of form and material choice, coupled with the MMC approach has had many benefits here including reductions in programme, noise, dust, waste and carbon with increases in quality and health and safety.

• UCLAN Student Centre The Student Centre and New Square will draw the City and the University together like never before and constructing this within the centre of the city has involved extensive collaboration between city-wide stakeholders and residents. The MMC approach has improved the speed of construction and the site logistics. The hybrid steel and timber structure has also reduced the embodied carbon of the project and the modular façade.

• Nottingham Trent University, 42 Shakespeare Street Nottingham Trent University have committed to deliver a net zero operational carbon new Arts Building within a sensitive context. The project is nearing the completion of RIBA Stage 3 so this case study will explore the methodologies used to reduce operational and whole life carbon emissions on the project and the role MMC has played in the design approach to meet these targets.

Oliver Milton, Partner, Hawkins\Brown

Julia Roberts, Partner, Education & Research Sector Lead, Hawkins\Brown

Negar Mihanyar, Associate Director, Education & Research Sector Lead, Hawkins\Brown

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates, Nottingham Trent University

Session kindly supported by Hawkins\Brown

14:30 - 15:30

Session D4: Delivering a Secure, Smart & Sustainable Campus: Today & Tomorrow


Hear how Mitie is ensuring building reoccupation is COVID-secure, efficient, productive and futureproof: reassuring users they are safe to return. Further, how smart technology is delivering healthy buildings that are optimised, resilient and compliant. Learn how the same tech will support Mitie’s self-delivered, industry-leading 2025 carbon zero strategy, 15 years ahead of the UK Government target.

Daniel Guest, Managing Director, Technical services Business Performance and Transformation, Mitie

Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie

Tracy Wilson, Sector Development Director, Mitie

Session kindly supported by Mitie 

15:30 - 18:00: Break, networking, AGM and Quiz 

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15:30 - 16:00

Refreshment Break
Networking & Exhibition

16:00 - 16:45 AUDE: Members' Updates, Feedback and AGM  
16:45 - 17:00 Refreshment Break   
17:00 - 18:00

AUDE Virtual Quiz
Open to all conference delegates and families are also welcome to join the quiz 

 Quiz kindly supported by UPP


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