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.


‘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


  • 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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