The implications of the digital revolution in education

This year’s Higher Education Real Estate and Infrastructure conference will discuss the challenges in delivering a fit-for-purpose university educatio

Taking place in London on Thursday 5 October 2017, the Higher Education Real Estate and Infrastructure conference is the annual briefing on meeting the challenges and reaping the opportunities of delivering 21st Century, fit for purpose higher education.

Higher education real estate faces considerable challenges in setting and implementing strategies to meet both current requirements and the demands of an uncertain future – a future in which it is difficult to predict the numbers of students, the ways in which they will seek their education and how that education will be funded.

Real estate planning must be long term but technology and social change is impacting what is to be delivered and how it is delivered at a rapid rate. Change can be ultra-rapid, particularly with anything open to ‘digital delivery’. For universities, undergraduate studies are not their only, or sometimes principal, focus. Research and graduate education are important functions and revenue generators. 

At most institutions occupational training, in various forms, is playing an important role. Apprenticeship education too is bound to grow. Distance, blended, team learning and flipped classroom programmes are all being deployed while demands for ‘more contact hours’ continues. In addition, there are increasing opportunities for the institution to engage with the local and wider commercial environment. These considerations have significant implications for real estate planning.

What then should be the response of institute heads, CFOs and estate managers to these pressures and uncertainties? In a keynote introduction, talks, panels and numerous case study presentations, this one day briefing reviews what the challenges are and how they are being addressed.

With case studies from:

• Birmingham City University • Imperial College London • Richmond upon Thames College • Swansea University • University of Bristol • University of Cambridge • University of Glasgow • University of Leeds • University of London • University of Newcastle • University of Nottingham

And an expert speaker line-up, including:

–       Clive Read, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards
–       Jonathan Burroughs, CEO, Creative Places
–       Mike Entwisle, Director, BuroHappold Engineering
–       Robin Ghurbhurun, Chief Executive and Principal, Richmond upon Thames College
–       Sarah Jones, Director of Research and Development, Empiric Student Property plc
–       Dr. Paul Marshall, Group Director of Business Development, UPP
–       Caroline Paradise, Head of Design Research, Atkins
–       Andrew Screen, Senior Director, Residential Investment and Funding, CBRE Ltd
–       Graham Stark, Development Director (White City Campus), Imperial College London

This annual briefing is for all higher education estate directors, private sector investors, funders, developers, banks, surveyors, agents, planners and consultants.  Adequate time is allocated for questions and discussion. Join your fellow professionals in the debate on getting ahead of competition in the evolving digital age.

University Business readers receive a special 10% discount on the standard fee. To take advantage of this offer, please use code UB10 when registering here. For more information about this annual briefing, please visit the website or contact Tamara Cmiljic at


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