Is the university campus over?

How to optimise your future estate as learning moves online

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As Higher Education emerges from the challenges of the pandemic, institutions must refocus on what their estate should look like in the future. How will the academic community interact with their institutions tomorrow, next year and over the next decade?

Strategic estate planning has never been more important and will be vital for the future success of well-prepared institutions.

In this webinar, our panel of experts understand the role of the campus as an essential place in the blended learning environment, and explore some new models that can inform your future estate plans.


Phil Marsh MRICS, Interim Director Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services, University of Liverpool

Phil has 30 years experience in the higher education, further education and health sectors in a range of technical, management and leadership roles. He has been the Interim Director of Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services at the University of Liverpool since 2019, with a focus on the strategic development of the University's estate. Having led the University of Sunderland’s capital development programme for several years, he became Director of Estates and Facilities from 2010 to 2015, planning and delivering transformation of the University’s estate across its two main campuses and satellite facilities. Phil’s work in estates management and delivery of strategic transformation has also informed consultancy roles across the public, private and voluntary sectors and board level roles in economic development and housing.

Andrew Kane, Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects

Andrew is the practice lead for the higher education sector. He is responsible for the design of teaching and learning centres, sustainable laboratories, business schools, sports centres and residential accommodation for universities across the UK. He maintains a strong research focus to his work, exploring the contribution which spatial design can make to teaching, research and the enhancement of the student experience. As well as providing the foundation for our built projects, Andrew’s skill in capturing the requirements of complex stakeholder groups has underpinned an extensive portfolio of strategic consultancy from masterplanning to estates strategy and technical advisor roles.

Ian Whittle, Senior Associate, FaulknerBrowns Architects

Over the last fifteen years Ian has developed specialist expertise in the higher education sector, successfully delivering residential, teaching and research facilities. Ian’s international benchmarking and research ensures that our work is founded on best practice. This research has informed award winning built projects and strategic consultancy including masterplans and estates strategies for several Universities over the last five years. Ian also leads FaulknerBrowns’ environmental sustainability group, guiding FaulknerBrowns’ response to the climate emergency, in particular by minimising the operational and embodied carbon of the buildings and spaces we create.


Recognised internationally for our work in architectural design and placemaking, FaulknerBrowns team of over one hundred architects, designers and technologists deliver projects of varying scale and complexity from our studios in Newcastle and Vancouver. Our ambition is to create designs that are imaginative and exciting, inspiring those who encounter them to live well and do better

Our university work is characterised by a research-driven approach applied with great success to a wide range of building types. By taking the time to understand each institution’s challenges and aspirations we aim to create buildings and places that meet the current and future needs of staff and students.

We engage with industry best practice bodies such as the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (founding member) to stimulate and provoke debate about the creation of relevant, research-based architecture that improves the student experience and supports academic excellence.


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