2019 Agenda: Impacting lives
In an age where environmental and social responsibility is more important than ever, organisations involved in the development, funding and management of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) must consider how their activities impact students, institutions, communities and the wider world. Across the industry there are startling examples of progress and innovation; from carbon net-zero developments to radical energy reduction technologies, and from intergenerational pilots to wellbeing centric design.
The 2019 Student Accommodation Conference, Exhibition and Awards will showcase the best, and challenge you to find new ways to deliver sustainable, socially positive projects. Everything from the performance of PBSA as an asset class to how it’s positioned to respond to the UK’s changing educational landscape will be discussed.
We have a new Prime Minister in power that seems bent on ending austerity and taking the brakes off public spending. But, economic decline, even recession, threaten his ability to spend. David Lammy, Minister for Education under the last Labour Government, gives us an up-to-the-minute assessment of the UK’s economy and how evolving education policy is likely to impact demand for student accommodation. Will the appetite for new PBSA development accelerate or stagnate?
The Augar Report’s implementation hangs in the balance, but its findings are likely to influence the future of higher education in the UK regardless. Its calls include dramatic changes to fees and funding structures and an enhanced role for higher education colleges and apprenticeships. Our experts will answer your questions about whether and how Augar’s recommendations will be actioned, what might come in its place, and how the requirements for PBSA development might evolve.
Many councils are sceptical about the impact of large student bodies on town and city centres, often leading them to take a negative view of PBSA proposals and developments. Others look to them to encourage urban regeneration, social cohesion and a boost for local economies. We look at both sides of the argument and consider how the industry can create and communicate positive scenarios.
Philip Bialyk, Labour Leader, Exeter City Council
In the face of a rapidly maturing UK market, PBSA investors are looking beyond borders for fresh opportunities. We’ll investigate the expansion of higher education provision worldwide and forecast which international markets are likely to offer the most positive capital flows and the strongest investment returns.
Samuel Vetrak, Chief Executive Officer, Bonard
How are broader trends in property affecting student accommodation and how is the growth of other residential sectors changing investment considerations?
Stephen Rigby, Real Estate Director, Student Roost (confirmed)
Erin Clarke, Portfolio Manager, Investec Structured Property Finance
Investors are increasingly required to measure ESG factors across their portfolios, while also increasingly desire to invest into assets that deliver a measurable positive social or environmental impact. How ready are operators to measure their impacts, and what new capital flows could become available?
Across the property sector – from retail to leisure, workspace to residential – the cross fertilisation of ideas is giving rise to innovation. We look at positive change across the board that may have valuable messages for PBSA, and at the development technologies that may help us to fast track new scenarios.
The need to reduce carbon output is both mandated by Government and demanded by citizens – as evidenced by recent Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. Beyond the build, what new technologies, processes and retro-fitting opportunities exist to improve sustainability in PBSA, and how do we evidence success to regulators and occupants?
Student wellbeing is a vital prerequisite for academic success. At a time when students seem to feel the pressure more intensely than ever, moves are afoot to introduce regulation that will force PBSA operators to take a share of the responsibility. As details emerge, we’ll look at where operators’ responsibilities begin and end, what can realistically be delivered and how we can connect with central University Services to create an integrated student experience.
We’ve seen so many attempts fail – whereas others just work. Why? In this presentation we explore how one PBSA provider’s initial attempts failed, what was learnt and applied to affect subsequent success, while looking at the data on the positive effects to the provider.
More and more co-living schemes are springing up in London and the regions. Will they take business away from existing student housing developments? Or is the rise of co-living an opportunity that PBSA developers should embrace? What’s the potential for converting struggling PBSA schemes into co-living developments?
In recent years PBSA has trended towards the provision of ever more luxurious ‘high-end’ accommodation. Yet, with tighter budgets and likely changes in student fee structures, educational establishments are crying out for affordable alternatives. What tools do we have at hand to respond to this demand, and how open are we to low-cost innovation?
As the UK PBSA market matures, student numbers are rising across continental Europe, Asia and beyond, tempting developers to look beyond borders for fresh opportunities. We’ll consider which regions and countries offer the best opportunities.
Brian Welsh, Chief Executive Officer, NIDO Student
While the London Plan sets out to shape the future of London’s built environment, policy H17 has much to say about how PBSA must contribute social cohesion. Focusing on best and worst case studies, we’ll consider how PBSA developers have interpreted and responded to new directions in policy.
International students coming to UK institutions often experience a cultural dislocation that can inhibit their academic progress. How can we work with universities to help international students succeed by creating accommodation that helps them feel at home? We’ll look at innovative developments that create familiarity and reassurance for visitors to our shores.
Modular construction is increasingly common, as evidenced by a recent spate of joint ventures and increased production capability UK-wide. We investigate just how big a trend this could become, the requirements for success, the barriers to growth and how they can be overcome. In short, is the future of PBSA modular?
Age UK has estimated that 3.6 million people in the UK live alone, and there’s strong evidence to suggest that social isolation leads to poor health and life quality. Around the world, innovative PBSA developments are combining student accommodation with retirement living, contributing to social cohesion and changing the economic model for students. Through a series of case studies we’ll look at how such schemes work and the evidence for their success.
Lord Willetts, Chairman of the Resolution Foundation, former Minister of State for Universities and Science, discusses the future of university education and learning and the make-up of the student body. Can social mobility really be achieved through successfully widening participation at universities? How would changes to the make-up of the student body impact on demand for accommodation? How will the role of student accommodation in supporting students and enhancing learning evolve?
Please note: Information correct at time of publishing. Programme and speakers subject to change.