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Speakers at the virtual hee forum 2021

‘Will Covid change the way Universities use space?’

George Griffith, Director, GTG Consulting Limited

Covid has forced everyone to look at everything differently. Working from home is the normal, people haven’t seen colleagues for a year, all meetings are virtual.

Students are learning remotely, doing group-work with colleagues nationally and internationally.

Can we convert large lecture theatres into something more useful? Will our campuses change? What about the residential offering? What things will continue into the future?

George will review some of the things that will change, some things that people might like to change but probably won’t, and things that people didn’t think would change but probably will.

‘Adaptive Re-use – Updating Legacy Buildings’

Karen Nugent, Design Director Education, Page\ Park.

Karen will talk about the work of Page \ Park where they have helped schools and universities adapt and update their existing building estate. Such buildings create challenges, as many are listed or in conservation areas.

In a world where the climate emergency is an urgent issue, adapting existing buildings provides a sustainable solution to addressing the changing needs of the education estate.

‘How key learnings from the past year can be used to shape accommodation providers’ future offerings’

Stuart Henderson, Head of Operations, UK North, ROI and Germany for GSA.

There have been numerous challenges posed by the pandemic, but with the end of restrictions finally in sight, accommodation operators must be prepared to take stock of the challenges presented. Stuart can provide expert commentary on how those in the sector can use key learnings from the past 12 months as an opportunity to further improve their offering to students across the UK.

‘The influence of the HE built environment on student outcomes’

Richard James, Senior Sector Manager, Higher Education, Willmott Dixon.

It is widely considered that a modern, relevant HE built environment leads to better ‘student outcomes’ including but not limited to academic achievement, enhanced employability and improved wellbeing. However, no cohesive body of evidence exists to demonstrate the link between the quality of the HE built environment and improved student outcomes. 

To address this, in early 2021 Willmott Dixon launched a major research project in partnership with AUDE and HEDQF to examine this. Richard will introduce the research topic, its background, how the initial research will progress.

‘Efficient Estates for Climate Emergency Response’

Joel Cardinal, Head of Energy and Sustainability, University of Warwick.

University of Warwick’s contribution to Paris climate change agreement build on efficient use of resources and estates operations and articulates around five pathways towards a carbon neutral and sustainable society:

  • Achieve net zero carbon emissions from (scope 1 and 2) by 2030 (arising from use of energy).
  • Achieve net Zero carbon emissions from scope 3 by 2050 (arising from procured goods and services).
  • Progress the University contributions to the UN-SDGs building on the excellence of our education and guided by the insight from our research.
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Achieve ecology and biodiversity net gain.

‘Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University’

Andrew Rogers, Director, jmarchitects.

The new 400 seat lecture theatre is located on the Lancaster University main campus.

A new extension to an existing university faculty building. Designed to high levels of sustainability performance, the building targeted Passivhaus accreditation and utilising materials with low-embodied energy where possible.  The very well insulated thermal envelope creates a building which uses very little energy to heat or cool – reducing future energy usage required for running the building.

Adjoining to the existing Faculty of Art and Social Sciences building makes use of, as well as enhancing and adding to, the existing building’s amenities. The client was keen to have this building be a flagship building on campus in terms of state of the art teaching spaces as well as from a low energy and sustainability point of view.

Limited complimentary places available