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AUDE Big Conversation 2022 In-person Event
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 

The in-person event is open to directors and deputies of estates and directors within estate teams or equivalent and Corporate delegates. The event will take place in Firth Court, University of Sheffield. 

In-person Programme
Thursday 10 November




16:00 - 18:00

University of Sheffield Tour

The tour includes the new Social Sciences Building, the Award-Winning Diamond Building and the Engineering Heart Space. This tour is open to AUDE members only. 

University of Sheffield

18:15- 20:00

Drinks and Buffet Reception Kelham Island Museum

Networking and Drinks Reception Sponsor Presentation 18:15 - 18:30

Nick Hayes, Sustainability Partner, Ridge 

Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by Ridge 

In-person Programme
Friday 11 November 

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




08:30 - 09:20

Registration and Networking 


09:20 - 09:30

Welcome Address 

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

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

09:30 - 11:00

Plenary 1: Time to Refocus: VCs & COO give their institutional perspectives  

Saskia Loer Hansen, Interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Aston University

Professor Deborah Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton   

Rachel Brealey, Chief Operating Officer, University of Leeds

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshment Break

11:35 - 12:35

Panel debate: Hybrid: Friend or Foe?

David Kernohan, 
Acting Editor, WonkHE

Dr Maria Kordowicz,
Organisational Psychologist, University of Nottingham

Dr Matt Davis, 
Associate Professor, University of Leeds 

Leanne Spencer,
Wellbeing and Burnout Prevention Expert

Karen Mosley, Managing Director and DIB Sponsor, HLM Architects 

Panel debate sponsored by main supporter HLM Architects 

12:35 - 13:35

Lunch Break


13:40 - 14:40

Plenary 2: The Liminal Campus - 10 trends to inspire our future planning.


Are we really at a crossroads? Has the pandemic offered us new signposts to the future? Or has it simply accelerated the inevitable? In this fast-paced look at converging trends we’ll explore the key themes that we really need to know about. What is it that students really need? What are employers really looking for? Where is technology taking us? What should be informing our plans for physical, digital and hybrid space, student experiences and accessibility for all? We’ll consider future careers, changing technology, globalisation and social responsibility, highlighting exciting examples of change from universities around the world.

Jim Tudor, Founder The Future Index

14:40 - 15:10

Refreshment Break


15:15 - 16:30

The Big Question: How to refocus - prioritising university estates

Ann Allen, Director of Campus Innovation and Development, University of Leeds

Becky Bradshaw, Director of Estates & Campus Services, University of Northampton and AUDE Secretary

Harvey Dowdy, Director of Technology, Estates & Facilities, University of York

Tim Hosker, Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Huddersfield

Gary Jebb, Director of Place, University of Edinburgh

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


Event wrap up 

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

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


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