2018 Student Accommodation Conference & Awards agenda

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Registration and Networking
Welcome from the chair
Speaker
Interim director hospitality & accommodation services
University of Birmingham
Question Time - Higher education keynote panel
In this Question Time style debate, we bring together key experts from the world of higher education to share their thoughts on hot topics including Brexit, funding and international students.   
Speakers
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
Coventry University London
Pro-Vice-Chancellor
University of Reading
Policy Manager
GuildHE
Executive Director
UCAS Media
Director of Policy and Advocacy
HEPI
Interim director hospitality & accommodation services
University of Birmingham
Future Gazing Talk - Disruption
Co-working spaces are currently disrupting the offices market, online retail has caused a seismic shift in traditional retail patterns and AirBnB is keeping the hotel industry on its toes. Is student accommodation on the precipice of similar disruption? In this Ted style talk we examine the key features of disruption and how to ride the wave when it comes along. 
Speaker
Managing Director
Silk Road Marketing
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Morning break - networking, refreshments and exhibition visit
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Smart Tech Talk 1 - brought to you by Glide

How can smart technologies future proof buildings for the boom of IoT on the horizon?
A 10-minute lecture in the Innovation Zone in the Exhibition Hall.

Sponsored by:


Speaker
Director
Glide

Evolution Streams 12:00-13:15

Please click on each of the four streams to view the content and sessions

As student accommodation continues down the path of maturity, the characteristics of the asset class are set to evolve even further. Against the backdrop of major shifts in the macro and micro environment as well as game changing consolidations and acquisitions of PBSA brands and moves into co-living, micro living and BTR -  what does the future pipeline look like? In this stream we crunch the numbers, analyse the data and gauge investor sentiment. Topics that will be covered include:

PBSA beyond the yields: market drivers and the next frontier

Investor sentiment and appetites for the UK, EMEA and the wider globe 

New and exclusive business intelligence and data insights on global student movements, domestic and international location hotspot analysis and consumer and product analysis

Charting the flow of money domestically and globally and gaining maximum yields in the current operating environment: supply vs demand, luxury vs midmarket vs affordable, achieving capacity vs voids.   

Host's opening remarks
Speaker
Commercial Director, iQ Student Accommodation
and chair, British Property Federation Student Accommodation Committee
PBSA beyond the yields: market drivers and the next frontier

Followed by panel discussion

Speakers
Associate, student accommodation advisory
Cushman and Wakefield
Chief Executive Officer
CRM Students
Associate Director
M&G Investments
Managing Director
Kexgill Group
What, where and why? New data sets, fresh perspectives on traditional yield data and new insights to inform your investment strategy.
Speaker
Founder and Chief Executive
Student Crowd

In this stream we examine the type of student accommodation currently being built, why the sector needs to be flexible and innovate and how the product is set to evolve. We will highlight the current planning and development opportunities and how to overcome the challenges as well as bringing in new thoughts on construction and design that can bring down costs and increase affordability. Topics that will be covered include:

The metamorphosis of PBSA: understanding co-living, micro living and BTR and the opportunities to diversify your portfolio 

London development opportunities: the draft London plan and policy H17 from a local authority perspective

Regional development opportunities: examining established vs new university towns and the opportunities for development 

The future of construction: how to bring down your costs and increase affordability in student accommodation

Host's opening remarks
Speaker
National Head of Housing
Irwin Mitchell
Panel: The metamorphosis of PBSA: the “hows and whys” of co-living, micro living and BTR
Speakers
Chief Operating Officer
Grainger
Chief Investment Officer
iQ Student Accommodation
Founder and Chief Executive
Inspired Asset Management
Panel: The Draft London Plan and Policy H17 – The London Boroughs perspective

In this session we examine student accommodation in the context of the housing crisis, affordability and local authority housing priorities.

Speakers
National Head of Planning
Irwin Mitchell
Leader
London Borough of Redbridge
Leader
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

The global student numbers race and the increased understanding of the importance of student mental wellbeing has raised the profile of student accommodation - which is now recognised as one of the core components of an appealing and competitive university offering. It has also highlighted the importance of increased collaboration between higher education institutions and private accommodation providers. In this stream you will hear from seasoned experts from the university and PBSA sectors on how the management of student accommodation is rising to the challenge and responsibilities of the new operating landscape. Topics that will be covered include:

  • The student experience: new thoughts on student attraction, retention and success and the role that accommodation plays
  • Mental health and wellbeing: new thoughts and data on how this will drive the next evolution of student accommodation
  • The relationship between on campus infrastructure and student retention
  • The internationalisation of management and operations
Host's opening remarks
Speaker
Interim director hospitality & accommodation services
University of Birmingham
Panel: Students - The numbers game.

With a third of all students living in PBSA, there is still very little research on the impacts different modes of residence have on student retention, success and employability. In this session we examine the role of accommodation.

Speakers
Student Experience Director
Unite Students
Managing Director
Group Accommodation, Coventry University
Director of Accommodation & Commercial Services and UNICUS
University of Sheffield
Director of Student and Academic Services
University of Greenwich
How the mental health and wellbeing agenda will drive the next evolution of student accommodation

Why student wellbeing needs to be higher on the agenda and how it affects building design and operations

Designing wellbeing into buildings from the ground up

Catering for millennials & Generation Z

Improving nomination agreements with wellbeing in mind and to provide investor reassurance 

Speakers
Managing Director
Red Brick Research
External relations & student wellbeing
GSA

The Innovation stream will host ‘in the round discussions’, which are designed to facilitate knowledge sharing, debate, discussion and sow the seeds that will drive innovation in student accommodation. 

Host's opening remarks
Speaker
Managing Director
Silk Road Marketing
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Affordability in student accommodation: From Funding to Design – how can we create an affordable student accommodation product?

Funders perspective

Design perspective

Lessons from the affordable housing sector 

Speakers
Head of PBSA
Maslow Capital
Structured Property Finance
Investec
Director of Treasury and Commercial
Optivo
Lunch, networking and exhibition visit
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Smart Tech talk 2 - brought to you by Glide

What impact can technology have on operational efficiency and operational costs of running a Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) building?
A 10-minute lecture in the Innovation Zone in the Exhibition Hall.

Sponsored by:


Speaker
Product Manager
Glide

Evolution Streams 14:30-16:00

Please click on each of the four streams to view the content and sessions 

Global Student Pathways: Exploring trends in global student mobility and the best global cities for PBSA
Speaker
Executive Director valuation & advisory services - student accommodation
CBRE
Panel: Investor Appetites – Europe and the rest of the world
Speakers
Executive Managing Director, Student Housing, multifamily capital markets
Newmark Knight Frank (USA)
Development Director
Carrowmore Property (Ireland)
Head of Europe
CA Ventures
Partner and Head of Acquisitions
Straits Capitol - a Singapore Press Holdings Company
Chief Executive
StudentMarketing
Hosts closing remarks
Speaker
Commercial Director, iQ Student Accommodation
and chair, British Property Federation Student Accommodation Committee
Regional development opportunities: examining established vs new university towns and the opportunities for development and investment
Speakers
Cabinet member for Spatial Planning and City Design
Bristol City Council
Member of the Development Control and Local Development Framework Committees
Chorley Borough Council
National Head of Planning
Irwin Mitchell
Panel: The future of construction: how to bring down costs and increase affordability in Student Accommodation
Speakers
Development Director
Greystar
Construction Director
Vision Modular Systems
Chief Executive
Torsion Group
Board Director
Whittam Cox Architects
Commercial Director
Balfour Beatty
Hosts closing remarks
Speaker
National Head of Housing
Irwin Mitchell
The 'Sticky Campus' and lessons for student accommodation sector

In this session, Andrew Percival from UPP will provide critical analysis, insights and recommendations on the emergence of the ‘sticky campus’ and what it means for university estates and private student accommodation professionals with reference to its joint HEPI-UPP report a full day before public launch.

Presentation followed by Q&A with Paddy Jackman  
Speaker
Managing Director
UPP Projects
Panel: Innnovation and the internationalisation of management and operations
  • Lessons from abroad 
  • What do the current university partnerships and collaborative approaches look like and how can this be built on?
  • Prioritising mental health and wellbeing 
  • How are management platforms evolving?
Speakers
Chief Executive
Collegiate
Commercial and Marketing Director
Resa (Spain)
Chief Executive
The Nido Collection
Director, Student Accommodation
Savills Australia and New Zealand
Hosts closing remarks
Speaker
Interim director hospitality & accommodation services
University of Birmingham
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Consumers, proptech and future proofing in the Round

In this session we will debate, discuss and answer questions on the impact of the proptech revolution on PBSA. Join both the tech leaders and consumers as we explore the opportunities that smart tech technology can bring to the future of multi dwelling units.

Speakers
Product Owner
The Collective
Director
Glide
Founder and Chief Executive
ASK4
Hosts closing remarks
Speaker
Managing Director
Silk Road Marketing
Afternoon break - networking, refreshments and exhibition visit
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Smart Tech talk 3 - Brought to you by Glide

Can technology help to build happier, healthier, safer and more cohesive communities in student halls of residence?
A 10-minute lecture in the Innovation Zone in the Exhibition Hall.

Sponsored by:


Speaker
Managing Director
CampusLife
Future Gazing Talk - Where's Your Head At?
BBC analysis suggests the number of university students reaching out to mental health facilities is up by 50 per cent and the universities minister has called for students to be "supported, not mollycoddled." The question is, what does support look like? In this Ted style talk, Natasha Devon MBE will highlight the current challenges and explore the solutions. Natasha is an award winning activist and bestselling author. She comments on mental health, body image and gender and regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees. Natasha is a fellow of University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them, as well as Coventry University: London, on campus wellbeing.
Speaker
Writer, speaker and campaigner
Question Time - PBSA the main event!
In this Question Time style debate, we bring together notable figures from the PBSA world and tie together all the key topics of the day in a dynamic and interactive session. 
Speakers
Chief Investment Officer
CORESTATE Capital
Editor
Property Week
Partner, Public Sector Advisory Team
Cushman and Wakefield
Chief Executive
Three Sixty Developments
Chairs closing remarks and conference ends
Speaker
Interim director hospitality & accommodation services
University of Birmingham
Networking drinks

Student Accommodation Awards 

Awards drinks reception
Gala dinner

Dress code: Lounge suits 

Awards presentation

The Student Accommodation awards will celebrate the accomplishments, innovation and excellence that set the best companies and teams apart from the crowd. The shortlist has been announced, view which companies and individuals have the potential to graduate on stage with an award:


View the shortlist >>

Music and Entertainment
Carriages

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