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

Wednesday 7 December 2016


Chair’s Opening Remarks

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

Keynote Address: In Conversation With…

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Local Government and Housing Minister, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Universities and Member of the Higher Education Commission
Chaired by: Paddy Jackman, Director of Operations, Ardingly College and Chair, Audit Committee, Unipol/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence

Panel: Where Does The Sector See Itself Going?

In this keynote panel discussion, we hear from leading figures in the University sector on the challenge to continue to deliver an attractive, welcoming and world leading higher education offering against the back drop of what some would describe as a ‘hostile’ political and policy landscape. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Waking-up to Brexit: Horizon 2020 and the funding conundrum going forward
  • Higher Education: success as a knowledge economy - white paper
  • International students and UK immigration policy
  • Removal of student caps and the polarisation of the sector
Maddalaine Ansell, CEO , University Alliance
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, MillionPlus
Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Institute
Chaired by: Paddy Jackman, Director of Operations, Ardingly College and Chair, Audit Committee, Unipol/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence

Morning Break and Networking


Market Update: Review of the Year

  • UK Overview
  • European Deals 
Philip Hillman, Chairman - Alternatives, Jones Lang LaSalle

Panel: 2016 – The Year Europe took off!

  • Portfolio Sales: is the sector now getting critical mass in Europe?
  • Affordability: How much money do International students really have to spend?
  • The relationship between Student accommodation and Build-to-Rent: How does this compare in across Europe? Can you change from Student to RESI or vice versa and locally are there rent controls?
  • Why is it so difficult to develop in Spain?
Mónica Garay Irízar, Chief Executive, Resa
Andrew Smith, Investment Director, GSA
Guillaume Truong, Head of Sales and Investments, Student Housing, Gecina
Chaired by: Philip Hillman, Chairman - Alternatives, Jones Lang LaSalle

Keynote Address: Lessons from a Global PBSA Trailblazer

Nick Porter has pioneered the PBSA sector for over two decades. He has a clear vision to develop and expand branded student accommodation across the globe. Having completed the UK’s largest student accommodation deal so far this year, GSA is now one of the most significant student accommodation operators in Europe and the only operator with assets in nine countries globally.

Nicholas Porter , Founder and Chairman, GSA

Lunch and Networking


In Focus Sessions


Under What Circumstances Do Universities Want to Partner and Work with the Private Sector?

In this session we examine the numerous ways in which Universities are choosing to partner with the private sector when it comes to accommodating their students. Via case study examples gain insight into where the range of opportunities.


Trudi Vout, Director of Campus and Accommodation Services, University of Hull
Ian Jones, Head of Accommodation Services, University of Sheffield
Ian Robertson, Director of Residential Services, University of Leeds
Chaired by: Andrew Smith, Senior Director, Cushman and Wakefield

Student Accommodation vs Build-to-Rent: The Question of Viability and Affordability

From investment through to operation and management, the similarities between Student Accommodation and Build-to-Rent are evident. However, when it comes to planning and development in the UK, it seemingly appears that these two products have been pitted against each other, creating a viability and affordability conundrum. In this session we examine the following:

  • The London Plan: what does the guidance say on the provision of affordable student housing and what does this mean for the viability of schemes going forward?
  • Land Values: London vs The Regions
  • CIL Charges: analysing the disparity between CIL charges for student accommodation and build-to-rent and what this may mean for development trends going forward
  • Local planning and housing strategy: how does student accommodation compare to build-to-rent in contributing to local authority housing targets?


Jacqui Daly, Director of Research, Savills
Heriberto Cuanalo, Chief Executive Officer, Collegiate
Paul Leamy, Partner, Real Estate, Taylor Wessing
Chaired by: Adam Branson, Former Associate Editor, Property Week

It’s An Art, Not a Science: Creatively Managing Stock to Achieve Maximum Rents and Occupancy

When it comes to PBSA in the UK, the days of build it and they will come are gone and there is a new supply and demand reality. 2016 data has borne witness to an increasing number of markets in the UK that have a significant amount of beds unoccupied and a much more competitive market is emerging – one where well located, well run and higher operational standards will win! Topics to be examined and discussed include:

  • Supply and Demand Uncovered – the Locations: where are the location hotspots, where is the market saturated and where has the market struggled?
  • Supply and Demand Uncovered – the Students: where are the flow of global students coming from and where are they choosing to locate?
  • Strategies to achieve maximum rents and occupancy
  • Future Gazing and opportunities to diversify: diversification into PRS? Diversification into Europe? Diversification into other services? 


Nathan Goddard, Vice President, Real Estate, Student,com
Bob Crompton, Student Accommodation Investor and Developer., Threesixty Developments
Mark Swallow, Principal, Barbers Property
Keith White, Managing Director, CRM Students

The Battle to Foster Community - What Do We Really Mean by ‘Communal Space’?

In this session we will juxtapose the student vs developer and get a little ‘disruptive’ as we examine how we can create an authentic, nurturing sense of home and community, spaces where students will live some of the best years of their lives and create some of their most powerful memories! Topics to be covered include:

  • The oversupply of studios and the under use of amenity spaces – how do we fix this?
  • What’s the real purpose of communal spaces?
  • How can developers get to understand the consumer in the way that other sectors seek to do?
  • Lessons from the US: being creative, authentic and dynamic through collaborative design and management 


Natalia Kolotneva, Alternatives, Asset Management, LaSalle Investment Management
Bruno Haid, Founder and Chief Execuitive, Roam
Phillippa Hardman, Managing Director, Lead Design Consultant, Raw Corporate Health
Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships, The Student Hotel
Chaired by: Naomi Cleaver, Managing Director, Naomi Cleaver Ltd

Afternoon Break and Networking


Creating Affordable Accommodation Solutions

  • Who are the 40%?
  • What does affordability in Student Accommodation look like?
  • Future Gazing - what could innovation in affordability look like?
Paul Humphreys, Managing Director, StudentCrowd

Student Panel: An International Perspective on the Student Experience

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

Chair’s Closing Remarks

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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