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AUDE Big Conversation 2022 Digital Event
Tuesday 25 October 2022

The digital event is open to all AUDE Members and Corporate delegates. 

Digital Programme 

Hosted by Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Sheffield




09:00 - 09:25

Registration & Networking

 Main supporter HLM Architects 

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address 

Jane White, Executive Director, AUDE

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

09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 1: Your Priority is You: wellbeing and resilience 


Today’s business environment is fast-paced and demanding, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added new stresses to people’s lives. The ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances is a vital skill, and one which we can learn from some of the most resilient people in society – athletes. Even at the most elite level, an athlete will not expect to be operating at peak performance all year round. They will look ahead to the schedule, get ready, perform to the best of their ability and then rest. There is a cadence to how they go about their business. The Agile Business Athlete™ methodology will inspire your teams to see themselves as business athletes, showing them how to manage their energy, reduce stress and minimise risk of burnout by following the 4-step process: 

  • PREDICT when the big events are in your life by asking ‘when are your Wimbledons?’
  • PREPARE for those events the way an athlete would by ‘building your bulletproof’
  • PERFORM when you need to and ‘respect your red flags’
  • RECOVER by taking your foot off the gas pedal – ‘backing off beats burnout’
Leanne Spencer, Wellbeing and Burnout Prevention Expert

10:30 - 11:15

Refreshment Break

11:15 - 12:15

Business Supporter Sessions


Session A1: Developing Your Estate - Procuring works in difficult times 


The student experience often demands new or refurbished facilities. The vast majority of universities have heavily invested in their real estate over the last ten years and many billions have been spent. 

Procuring construction works in a manner which achieves the correct outcome in terms of quality, time and cost is often difficult to achieve due to the traditionally adversarial nature of relationships between an employer and a building contractor. This is even more difficult to achieve in a market which has experienced once in a generation challenges of Brexit, Covid and a war in Europe which have created fluctuations in the cost of goods, materials and labour. 

Our presentation will cover best practice and standardisation in the procurement of professional appointments and building contracts of every scale from routine small value works to building a new campus. 


Richard Vaughan, Partner, Weightmans LLP

Session supported by Weightmans LLP

Session A2: Prioritising Hybrid Learning Spaces, Student Experience and Carbon Reduction


Hybrid learning spaces are a fact – they are here to stay. Student experience is a competitive differentiator – key to the elusive ‘vibrant campus’ that many Universities seek. Carbon reduction is a given. Prioritisation and focus are key themes for the digital and in-person AUDE conferences. The key to prioritisation is focus on investments whose benefits are highly ‘geared’ – i.e. common infrastructure. This consists of capabilities that are multi-purpose and relevant in a variety of situations, in service of a variety of objectives, for a variety of Stakeholders.

This session delivers a whirlwind tour of these three themes and highlights the infrastructure that enables them all.

Ceri Williams, Enterprise Architect, Cisco

Session supported by Cisco 

Session A3: Future Proofing Assets – Delivering net Zero student accommodation, whilst enhancing the student performance



Session supported by Stelling Properties 

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30

Panel Debate: Time to refocus. From pandemic overload to clarity? It’s time to refocus on - what exactly?

Michael Fischer, Research Director, EAB

Nalin Seneviratne, Director, Porter Brooks and Associates Ltd

Leanne Spencer, Wellbeing and Burnout Prevention Expert

Joanne Marshall, Director of People and Campus Services, University of Bradford

Martha Longdon, Student Panel Chair, Office for Students 

14:30 - 15:15

Refreshment Break


15:15 - 16:15

AUDE Special interest groups roundtable discussions 

Session B1: Pathfinders to Net Zero – 21 take on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge


  1.        The aim of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge

An overview of how the programme, launched by the Royal Anniversary Trust to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, has challenged 21 leading UK universities and further education colleges to work together to help the sector work towards net zero.

  1.        A standardised Reporting Framework

How the Challenge is working with EAUC to develop a sector-wide standard for emissions reporting that defines best practice and aligns with existing external frameworks.

  1.        Estates, Heat and Power

A discussion of the key principles and levers for reducing emissions across estates; and how the sector should work together, with partners and at a regional and national level.


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

Penny Baxter, Co-founder, SB+CO  

Session B2: Hear what are the future challenges for your estates from AUDE’s land and property management group


Karen Maddison, Land and Property Manager, University of York and Chair of AUDE Estates Management Group


Session B3: How strategic is your institution's space management?


An interactive session in which you will apply a framework to evaluate your university's approach and identify the gaps. This workshop will get you thinking about how you can target improvements and develop a mature logical and mature approach to decision-making.

Helen Wallace, Head of Space Management and Design, University of Exeter

Charlotte Livingston Lewis,
Head of Strategic Programmes & Governance, University of Warwick 

Scott Lloyd,
Senior Assistant Registrar Space Management & Timetabling, University of Warwick

16:20 - 16:30

Feedback from AUDE special interest group sessions, wrap up and close 

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Sheffield

Please note that the session titles and speakers are subject to change.


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