Education Estates® Conference 2019

The UK’s largest education spaces and environments event

15–16 October 2019 – Manchester Central

Education Estates® focuses on the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

With 100+ exhibitors, 150+ speakers, five stages, 2,000+ attendees and six interactive feature areas, this must-attend event is a unique marketplace where manufacturers, distributors and service providers can meet decision-makers, clients and specifiers, make new contacts, generate leads and new product ideas, and identify current and emerging opportunities in the education sector.

The education industry’s annual gathering covers universities, colleges, schools, funding, planning, design, construction, estate management, sustainability, facilities management, building performance, pupil safety/safeguarding, outside spaces, legionella control, special educational needs and health and wellbeing.

For 2019, Education Estates® features five parallel conference stages:

  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Good estate management
  • Architecture and interiors
  • Building performance and energy efficiency

All stages are free to attend by those employed directly by schools, colleges, universities and early years settings; the Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Good Estate Management stages require a delegate fee for commercial or private sector professionals.

Keynote speakers this year include Mike Green, director general and chief operating officer of the Department for Education, and Lara Newman, chief executive of LocatED, both of whom will open the event on Tuesday 15 October.

In contrast, in the afternoon on the second day our unique keynote speaker and mathematics legend Jonny Ball will be taking us all back to the classroom with ‘Wonders beyond numbers – a brief history of all things mathematical’. 

Delegate rates

Two-day delegate standard rates

Private sector: £285.00 +VAT

Public sector: Free

One-day delegate standard rates

Private sector: £205.00 +VAT

Public sector: Free

Entrance to all conference sessions on 15–16 October 2019 (depending on one- or two-day pass)

Entrance to the exhibition (both days)

Coffee and refreshments (depending on one- or two-day pass)

“The Department for Education is pleased to continue its long-standing involvement in education estates. At the Education Estates® conference, we will be focusing on several key topics: building performance; modern methods of construction; results of the Condition Data Collection; estate management; and strategic planning for new schools. Education Estates® is a must-attend event in 2019 for all those involved in the design, build, funding, maintenance, management and performance of education buildings. The DfE Sustainability Award will be given at the Education Estates Awards dinner, recognising and celebrating the best in education buildings operation and management,” comments Rory Kennedy, director of capital, Department for Education (DfE)

The Department for Education is a long-standing supporter of Education Estates®, and this year will be contributing to a number of sessions in the conference. The Department for Education will also have a stand in the exhibition, enabling attendees to speak to DfE experts direct.

The event is also fortunate to have links with other key groups, including the Higher Education Design and Quality Forum (HEDQF), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and LocatED, all of whom will be delivering tailored sessions within the conference. 

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