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 Wilson PhD Emeritus Professor - former Vice-Chancellor - University of Hertfordshire and Non-Executive Director, The Unite Group
09:35 - 10:05
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.
10:05 - 10:30
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.
Chaired 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
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 Leech Chief Executive - British Property Federation
Chaired 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?
11:45 - 12:25
Panel: The Investors Perspective
Amy Gibbs Investment Manager - M&G Real Estate
Nitin Bhandari Head, Direct Investments - Letterone Treasury Services LLP
Sean McKeown Managing Director - Arlington Advisors
Chaired 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 Jones Director, Education and Innovation - Cushman & Wakefield
Alex Bignell Head of UK – Managing Director - CBRE Global Investment Partners
Brian Welsh Group Operations Director - The Student Housing Company
Chaired 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 Oates Principal Design and Construction Manager - Victoria Hall Management Ltd
Matt Yeoman Director - BuckleyGrayYeoman
Heriberto Cuanalo Chief Executive - Collegiate AC
Nick Riley Design Director, Architect - WCEC Group
Chaired 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.
Elliot Kemp MRTPI Senior Strategic Planner, Spatial Strategy - Greater London Authority
Alex Pease Group Investment Director - Watkins Jones
Abbas Raza Account Director - Local Dialogue
Chaired 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 Woosey Business Development Director - Balfour Beatty Investment
Tracy Hartley Director of Residential Operations - Grainger
James Scott Chief Operating Officer - The Collective
Neil Young Chief Executive Officer - Get Living London
Chaired 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 Adia Executive Dean - Student Experience - University of Bolton
Malcolm Brown Chair, UK Advisory Board - Campus Living Villages
Chaired 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!
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 Chief Executive Officer - Threesixty Developments
Wouter Onclin Foundation Manger - The Class of 2020
Geertjen Pots Senior Asset Manager - Bouwfonds
Stephan Rind Chairman - DREF S.A.
Chaired by: Patrick Cox Managing Director - Carrowmore Property
17:00 - 17:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks
17:10 - 19:00