University and University-related Property 2016

October’s higher education estates programme looks at how to deliver today’s educational mission

University and college property must be fit-for-purpose, support the delivery of education and not become a cost-generating monster millstone. It must suit the educational mission as it is today not as it was in yesteryear. And if ‘surplus’, ‘underutilised’ or ‘better put to alternative use’ real estate can generate funds, so much the better. It must also be suitable for a Brexit future, whatever that may bring.

This year’s briefing focuses on case studies illustrating how ‘keeping abreast of these objectives’ is being achieved. The event takes place on 4 October at Le Meridien Piccadilly, London.

Conference programme highlights

  • Keynote: Colin Blair, Director of Estates and Facilities at University of Huddersfield. Colin’s keynote speech will look at the delivery of timely fit for purpose and inspiring development projects that continue to meet the needs of a changing student market, the ever increasing level of expectation from academic colleagues and the continual drive for efficiencies
  • George Griffith, Associate Director, Universities Consulting, Global Corporate Services, CBRE will speak on the current state of UK higher education as reflected in the Estates Management Statistics Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) dataset
  • Jonathan Burroughs, Chief Executive Officer at Creative Places, will talk about growing university research – delivering accommodation for commercial R&D activity on campus – with case study examples
  • Sarah Seed, Partner at Mills & Reeve LLP, presents on raising finance – a challenge for FE and HE establishments
  • Clive Read, Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, will talk about joint ventures and collaboration – driving co-location with public and private sector partners with case studies as illustration
  • Martin Yardley, Acting Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, will look at attracting student accommodation investment: insights from Coventry City Council. Martin is also Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

A panel will discuss developing a student accommodation portfolio which is fit for purpose and meets current and future needs, linking social and study space together for flexible student living.

  • Data analysis
  • The impact of Brexit on student accommodation
  • Funding student accommodation
  • Ensuring marketable and flexible student living – how to achieve these objectives within the constraints of budget limitations

The session will be moderated by Andrew Screen, Senior Director, Residential Investment and Advisory, CBRE Ltd.


Nick Hayes, Development Director, Unite Students
Robert Kingham, Director, Higher Education, Alternatives, Jones Lang LaSalle
Claire MacLean, Director – Student Experience & University Advancement, Goldsmiths, University of London

Who should attend

The event is suitable for university estate directors, private sector investors, funders, developers, banks, surveyors, agents, planners and consultants. University Business and Building 4 Education readers can claim 10% discount on registration fee.  Please use code UB10

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