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Student Accommodation Conference 2016 :: 2015 Agenda Highlights
Central Hall, Westminster
7th December 2016
Welcome to the Student Accommodation Conference

Thursday 3 December 2015

09:00 - 09:05 

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Paddy Jackman Director of Operations - Ardingly College and Chair, Audit Committee, Unipol/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence

09:05 - 09:35

Session 1: Examination of the Higher Education Sector Post Election 2015

Keynote Address: University-Industry Collaboration in Student Accommodation – Reflections

Sir Tim Wilson was commissioned in 2011 by the former Universities Minister David Willetts to undertake a Review of University-Industry Collaboration, the Wilson Review was published in 2012 with many of its recommendations implemented. In this session Sir Tim will offer reflections on the impact of the review 4 years later and the opportunities for collaboration within Student Accommodation.

Sir Tim WilsonSir Tim Wilson PhD Emeritus Professor - former Vice-Chancellor - University of Hertfordshire and Non-Executive Director, The Unite Group

09:35 - 10:05 

Policy Perspective

In Conversation with Rt Hon Charles Clarke

Rt Hon Charles Clarke is the former Home & Education Secretary, in 2003 he stated that “universities exist to enable the British economy and society to deal with the challenges posed by the increasingly rapid process of global change.” During his role as Education Secretary he was instrumental in the creation of a raft of new universities and the introduction of university top up fees. In this session, hear his reflections on his legacy in higher education, views on current policy and what he believes the future holds.

Paddy - ArdinglyChaired by: Paddy Jackman Director of Operations, Ardingly College and Chair, Audit Committee - Unipol/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence

10:05 - 10:30

Student Perspective

In Conversation with Shelly Asquith, Vice President (welfare), NUS

The NUS is the national voice of students, a confederation of approximately 600 student unions from around the UK. In this session, hear an NUS perspective on current higher education policy and pressing issues for students.

ShellyAsquith_VPWelfareShelly Asquith Vice President (welfare) - NUS

Paddy - ArdinglyChaired by: Paddy Jackman Director of Operations, Ardingly College and Chair, Audit Committee - Unipol/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence

10:30 - 11:00 

Morning Break and Networking

11:00 - 11:20

Session 2: Purpose Built Student Accommodation

PBSA Perspective

In Conversation with Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation

The BPF Student Accommodation Committee was launched in 2013 to support essential investment in higher education, recognising that purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) is essential to support the growth and success of the Higher Education sector in the UK. In this session Melanie Leech will address the current opportunities and challenges for the sector, expounding on the BPF manifesto Making the Grade.

Melanie LeechMelanie Leech Chief Executive - British Property Federation

Liz HamsonChaired by: Liz Hamson Editor - Property Week

11:20 - 11:45

Market Update: Review of the Year

  • Review of the main transactions of the year
  • Profile of the new purchaser: why are the sellers sold and why are the purchasers bought?
  • Recapitalisation of the sector
  • Student Accommodation vs Residential: what’s the relationship?
  • Student Housing as part of the wider alternative asset classes
  • What next and where are we headed?

HillmanPhilip Hillman Chairman – Alternatives - Student Housing & Higher Education - JLL

11:45 - 12:25

Panel: The Investors Perspective

View full profile for Amy GibbsAmy Gibbs Investment Manager - M&G Real Estate

View full profile for Nitin BhandariNitin Bhandari Head, Direct Investments - Letterone Treasury Services LLP

View full profile for Sean McKeownSean McKeown Managing Director - Arlington Advisors

HillmanChaired by: Philip Hillman Lead Director - Student Housing & Higher Education - JLL

12:25 - 13:00

Panel: Are We Grown-Ups Now?

In this session a selection of notable personalities will examine and discuss the evolution of the PBSA market, key questions to be considered include:

  • Where are we now?
  • Has the market reached maturity?
  • Is Student Accommodation still an alternative asset?

Sarah JonesSarah Jones Director, Education and Innovation - Cushman & Wakefield

Alex BignellAlex Bignell Head of UK – Managing Director - CBRE Global Investment Partners

Brian WelchBrian Welsh Group Operations Director - The Student Housing Company

Keith WhiteChaired by: Keith White Managing Director - CRM Students

13:00 - 14:15

Lunch and Networking

14:15 - 15:15

In Focus Sessions – Gaining the Competitive Edge through Design led Schemes

Student Accomodation is getting much more sophisticated and the marketplace is becoming ever more competitive, assuming price and location are comparable - design is the distinguishing characteristic when it comes to deciding where to live while at Uni and which building gets booked up the quickest. The most successful operators understand that design sells! However, design isn’t just about making things looks pretty. It’s also about function (and indestructible function when it comes to students). In this session hear from a panel of experts leading the way in the evolution of design led schemes and gain valuable insight from an architectural, design and operational perspective.

Robert OatesRobert Oates Principal Design and Construction Manager - Victoria Hall Management Ltd

MattYeoman_© Jasper FryMatt Yeoman Director - BuckleyGrayYeoman

Herbierto CuanaHeriberto Cuanalo Chief Executive - Collegiate AC

View full profile for Nick RileyNick Riley Design Director, Architect - WCEC Group

Mandatory CreditChaired by: Naomi Cleaver Managing Director - Naomi Cleaver Ltd

14:15 - 15:15

In Focus Sessions – Planning and Placemaking: How can the Private Sector, Universities and Planning Authorities work together to get a mutually beneficial result?

For the majority of student accommodation developers, the planning journey seems to be getting harder, along with the imposition of more taxation and the impact of higher build cost, in many cases this is having an impact on the viability of schemes. The question is, what is a happy medium? In this session we examine the direction of travel for student Accommodation in the context of land, planning and placemaking. Topics to be considered include the geographical concentration or dispersal of student housing, affordability, quality, meeting strategic and local needs and partnership working.

View full profile for Elliot Kemp MRTPIElliot Kemp MRTPI Senior Strategic Planner, Spatial Strategy - Greater London Authority

Alex Pease - PhotoAlex Pease Group Investment Director - Watkins Jones

Abbas RazaAbbas Raza Account Director - Local Dialogue

Jo WinchesterChaired by: Jo Winchester Senior Director, Valuation & Advisory Services - Student Housing - CBRE

14:15 - 15:15

In Focus Sessions – Student Style Accommodation… PRS, The Next Market?

Many student Accommodation players are now turning their gaze to the private rented sector as the next hot asset class to invest in, develop or operate. In this session find out why student accommodation is fast becoming a gateway to access the PRS market. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How large is the PRS market and where do the opportunities lay?
  • Profile of the emerging PRS customer: exploring individual collectivism
  • Land and planning Issues in PRS
  • The 3 Ps of PRS: Product, Place, Price

Ian%20Woosey_jpgIan Woosey Business Development Director - Balfour Beatty Investment

Tracey HartleyTracy Hartley Director of Residential Operations - Grainger

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Paul WinstanleyChaired by: Paul Winstanley Partner, Residential Valuation - Allsop

14:15 - 15:15

In Focus Sessions: University Challenge!

The higher education sector is more commercialised and competitive than ever before, with universities under increased pressure to deliver added value to students and create a holistic student experience that justifies the price of tuition fees and attracts a continual flow of potential students. In this session hear from an expert panel of University Business thought leaders as they examine the opportunities and challenges for higher education institutions going forward.

Dr Ebrahim AdiaDr Ebrahim Adia Executive Dean - Student Experience - University of Bolton

Malcolm BrownMalcolm Brown Chair, UK Advisory Board - Campus Living Villages

Martin BlakeyChaired by: Martin Blakey Chief Executive - Unipol Student Homes

15:15 - 15:45

Afternoon Break and Networking

15:45 - 16:25

Session 3: The Internationalisation of the Sector

Panel: International Student Expectations

Hear from a panel of international undergraduate and postgraduate students as we examine what they expect from student accommodation as part of their university experience. In this session gain valuable insight directly from your potential international customers!

Tim DaplynChaired by: Tim Daplyn Managing Director - Red Brick Research, The National Student Housing Survey

16:25 - 17:00

Panel: International Opportunities – Europe, the New Frontier!

  • Examining the European Hotspots: Ireland, Netherlands, Spain
  • What kind of yield returns can one expect?
  • What are the land and planning issues?
  • 5 years down the line, who is likely to buy these portfolios?

Bob Crompton resizedBob Crompton Chief Executive Officer - Threesixty Developments

Wouter OnclinWouter Onclin Foundation Manger - The Class of 2020

Geertjen Pot BouwfondsGeertjen Pots Senior Asset Manager - Bouwfonds

Stephan-RindStephan Rind Chairman - DREF S.A.

Patrick Cox imageChaired by: Patrick Cox Managing Director - Carrowmore Property

17:00 - 17:10

Chair’s Closing Remarks

17:10 - 19:00

Drinks reception


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