Sharing expertise at Global Student Living Conference 2019

Leading international experts will be sharing brand new research, policy initiatives, case studies and emerging best practice on the student experience at the Global Student Living Conference on Tuesday 25 June at London’s BMA House.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event in Leicester, the conference presents a unique opportunity for those designing and delivering student experience and building student brands to be inspired by new insights and collaboration on a global level.

Managing director Tim Daplyn said, “We’re delighted to be running the GSL Conference again. We want to facilitate collaboration and share best practice from leading experts to create and enable a better student experience – together, as a sector, we can improve student wellbeing, mental health and build stronger student communities.”

GSA and The Student Housing Company are the event’s headline sponsors for another year.

Promoting wellbeing and vibrant communities

This year’s conference theme is ‘promoting wellbeing and vibrant communities’ – touching on two major aspects of the student experience in 2019.

The event’s two keynote speakers reflect what a diverse agenda is on offer at the event: Lord David Willetts, the former universities minister; and Anna Taylor, the 17-year-old organiser of student climate change protests across the UK and co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN).

Just days after finishing her final A level exams, Taylor will be sharing her perspective on building international community through student activism and how this empowers young people. Lord Willetts will be discussing forthcoming opportunities and challenges to the sector, in response to the recently-released and much anticipated Augar Review.

Masterclasses to provide in-depth analysis and strategy

Last year’s wellbeing theme will continue to run through the event. On the main stage, the Office for Students will be expanding on their wellbeing initiatives for the higher education sector; while – flying all the way from central Canada – the University of Saskatchewan director of student affairs and services Peter Hedley will be sharing his effective ‘whole campus’ strategy for improving student wellbeing.

The latter will be headlining the GSL Masterclass stream, a brand-new addition for 2019. The three talks on offer in this stream will provide delegates with deep-dive strategic insights, based on either front-line experience of implementing strategy or reams of thorough data.

Alongside Mr Hedley’s class, the stream will also feature the launch of ‘Shifting Foundations’, Red Brick’s report on a decade of student accommodation data from the National Student Housing Survey, with an accompanying presentation from Associate Director Sarah Jones. 

This is one of five brand new pieces of research to be launched at the event – a vindication of the conference’s commitment to sharing research-based strategies and solutions for the HE sector.

Household brand names across the agenda

Other notable additions to the agenda include nationally recognised brands such as Endsleigh Insurance, rapidly-expanding online bank Monzo, and the UK’s most popular adult brand, Lovehoney.

The afternoon of the conference will provide opportunities for delegates to attend talks in specialist Technology, Lifestyle and Engagement streams. This is to be followed by a panel closing discussion and networking drinks that all delegates are invited to.

Tickets and the agenda can be viewed here


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