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Speakers Confirmed for this Year

Stream 1: The challenges HE faces delivering future estates and facilities
Stephen Draper

Stephen Draper
Director, Willmore Iles Architects
‘Sustainability and Affordability in Student Accommodation Design’

With the UK Governments target to be net-zero carbon by 2050 and souring inflation, sustainability and affordability with the student accommodation sector has never been more important.

As a sector specialist, Willmore Iles will explore the strategies that Architects are using to produce sustainable and affordable student accommodation through low energy demand solutions to meet the demands required by universities and their partners to meet these challenges.

Joel Callow

Joel Callow
Director/Founder, Beyond Carbon Associates
'Decarbonising the Heritage HE Estate'

The UK has committed to dramatically reducing the CO2 emissions of our built environment in the coming years, with a net zero target by 2050. One of the hardest sectors in which to decarbonise is heritage buildings. Here we consider several projects with high heritage value and sensitivity, showing the process of evaluation and decision-making. Both at a masterplanning and at a building level, heritage buildings can be upgraded to high performance, both for CO2 emissions, and for human comfort and wellbeing. We also review the latest funding options to enable decarbonisation at scale.

John Plumridge

John Plumridge
Director of Estates & Facilities, Birmingham City University
'The University Campus Post Covid'

Life on University Camps will never be the same again. I will focus on changes to services, campus and building design post covid.

Four principal drivers will be explored:

1 Agile/office attendance on campus for support staff/functions. Impact on office design layout and technologies/process,

2 Teaching and learning mixed mode delivery, specialist and non-specialist spaces,

3 Amenity leisure and social. Catering, socialising, the sticky campus.

4 Wellbeing social and mental health.

David Shaw

David Shaw
National Design Director, Pick Everard
'Nottingham Trent University (NTU) - Health and Allied Professions Centre'

A case study of the design and delivery of the recently completed HAP Centre for NTU. The project is a new healthcare training facility designed to deliver collaborative, innovative education, and research in health.

The specialist department provides a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development education programmes to train compassionate healthcare practitioners, able to work flexibly to lead high quality, integrated health care provision.

The purpose-built building provides world class training facilities and features mock hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, creative teaching spaces, VR suite and specialist equipment, providing our students with the knowledge and skills required for a dynamic career in nursing, paramedicine, and healthcare.

Einita Suman

Einita Suman
Director of Accommodation & Operations, University of Birmingham
'The Ever Changing Student Cohort – Responding to the Expectations and Needs'

With a changing cohort of Student the way we deliver our products and services are shifting into a world where responsibility and accountability from stakeholders is key in the success of student experience. Students are interested in our values, and practicing what we preach has become the most important property for Students. Einita will outline some of the key factors Students now consider when making that all important step to Higher Education.

Richard Bartlett

Richard Bartlett
Pre-construction Manager, Willmott Dixon

Peter Swallow

Peter Swallow
London Sustainability Manager, Grimshaw Architects
'Delivering Net Zero Carbon Ready Buildings in the Higher Education Sector'

Through a series of case studies recently completed within the higher education sector, this presentation will explore the strategies that have informed Grimshaw approach to meting it commitment to deliver entirely net zero carbon ready buildings by 2025.

During the talk Grimshaw’s Sustainability Lead, Peter Swallow will present the tools the practice has developed – in collaboration with leading academics – to minimise whole-life carbon within a cost-conscious framework, explore the application of passive design principles to minimise operational carbon and discuss the importance of adopting circular construction principles at a campus level to minimise whole-life embodied carbon.

Stream 2: Delivering successful and sustainable physical activity for students, staff and the community
Dean Hardman

Dean Hardman
Director of Sport & Student Experience, AoC
'Sport, Physical Activity & Mental Health in Future Education'

AoC Sport is the lead agency for sport development and physical activity in the further education sector.

This presentation will outline current programmes and trends in the FE sector, with a focus on the intersection between physical activity and maintaining mental health and will include details of the AoC Sport Leadership Academy and examples of best practice from across our network of member colleges.

Cathy Gallagher

Cathy Gallagher
Executive Director of Sport, University of Stirling
'Staying Relevant….Do we need to think differently?'

In an ever changing world, the role of sport and physical activity remains steadfast.  Within a Higher Education setting, sport and physical activity continues to play a significant role in the delivery of an excellent student experience.  But how do we stay relevant?  How do we keep pace with the changing behaviours and expectations of a population where ‘traditional’ approaches may no longer impactful?  The presentation will share thoughts on the key considerations therein and (hopefully) provoke conversation on how we might cultivate a collective solution.

Andy Allford

Andy Allford
Director of Sport, University of Birmingham
'‘Performance Wellbeing’ – lessons learnt from Elite Sport for the HE Sector'

In this presentation Andy will draw on his experience within elite Sport to talk through the concept of Performance Wellbeing and the elements within it. He will talk through the University of Birmingham Sport Strategy and how the facilities can play a positive (and sometimes negative) role in promoting Physical Activity, Health, and Wellbeing.

Simon Robertson

Simon Robertson
Senior Architect, GT3 Architects
'The Evolving Purpose of Student Sport & Leisure: A Review of the University of Southampton’s Jubilee Sports Centre'

At a time when the unprecedented social, physical, mental, and financial effects of the pandemic are still in wide effect, we take a closer look at how university leisure facilities can make a real positive impact on their students.

How can we move away from the sea of intimidating treadmills, closed-off sporting groups, and restrictive membership plans, to instead focus on creating welcoming, inclusive, and organically social spaces for the wider student body to enjoy?

 

Using the University of Southampton’s exciting new Jubilee Sports Centre as a case study, GT3 Architects explore themes of mental wellbeing, social cohesion, and sustainability.

Gawaine Mackenzie-Hogg

Gawaine Mackenzie-Hogg
Head of Outdoor Operations - Sport, University of Leeds
'Football Infrastructure Project: Delivering a Shared Benefit to Both the Local and University Communities'

A session to share insight on the journey through inception, implementation, and emerging impact of the New Football Hub at the University of Leeds –

What?

Partnership between Football Foundation (FF) and the University of Leeds to deliver a £8.2 million infrastructure project to deliver 3 Full size 3G FA Quality pitches, a new pavilion and parking infrastructure for 200+ vehicles.

Why?

Leeds City Council (LCC) Playing Pitch Strategy highlighted gap/need for additional artificial football pitches for community football particularly for junior football. City wide approach taken with LCC, FF and key partners to deliver a coordinated family of hubs to best serve this need.

Vince Mayne

Vince Mayne
CEO, British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS)
'Creating active campuses - The role and value of HE Sport'

From facilities to programmes, strategy to delivery, how can he sport contribute to the student experience and help build resilience, positive wellbeing and employability skills for the majority of students and staff, as well as supporting the high-performance pathways for team GB and other bodies.

Limited complimentary places available