Optimising Space, Enhancing Learning

The bespoke Transforming the Higher Education Estate: Optimising Space, Enhancing Learning event is coming to London in February

At a time of change for the UK higher education sector, ensuring the attractiveness and efficiency of higher education estates is of central importance for universities to remain competitive in a global market. The Inside Government ‘Transforming the Higher Education Estate: Optimising Space, Enhancing Learning’ event will take place on 26 February 2014, at One Wimpole Street – London, from 08:30am – 16:35pm.

The bespoke, ‘Transforming the Higher Education Estate’ forum will examine methods for universities to remain competitive in a global market by making improvements to areas ranging from student accommodation to research facilities. Speakers from universities will offer practical guidance and best practice in efficiency and cost-savings at a time of new funding structure; they will also examine developing facilities to enhance the experience offered to student.

KEY SESSION FOR THE DAY

‘The Future Landscape for Higher Education Capital Project Funding HEFCE’s annual funding allocation: Available resources for capital projects’

–        The commitment to the funding of higher education capital projects: Allocating £280 million in capital grants for 2013-14

–        The higher education major capital project market: Higher education institutions looking to invest £10 billion over the next four years

–        The carbon reduction strategy and the Revolving Green Fund 3 – providing up to £20 million in recoverable grants

–        Administering the £300 million Research Partnership Investment Fund: Supporting investment in the UK’s research infrastructure

–        Facilitating better learning through optimum facilities and new technologies

–        Attracting both home and international students through top learning and research facilities

CONFIRMED SPEAKER LINE-UP:

  • Professor Nick Foskett, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University, and Member, Efficiency and Modernisation Task Group
  • Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates, Kings College London
  • Russell Smith, Estates Manager, and Hilary Pape, Ecoversity Academic Pioneer, University of Bradford
  • Professor Geoff Rodgers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Brunel University 
  • Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability, University of Worcestershire
  • Alan Charters, Executive Director of Capital Development, Aston University
  • John Plumridge MRICS RIBA, Director of E&CF, University of Lincoln

To view more information, view the full agenda for the day here

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