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After a challenging year for the sector, and the adoption of remote learning, questions have been raised about the lasting structural impact and what the future holds for university campuses and accommodation. What has the impact been on student requirements, and the way in which universities are interacting with both students and the private sector?
Trust in the sector has also been badly shaken. We’ve all seen the shocking images of students barricaded in accommodations, but does the public differentiate between universities and PBSA? To what degree has this tarnished the sector? What is the lasting reputational damage? And what needs to be done to repair and restore trust?
Join our experts from across the sector as they reflect on the learnings from the past year and how these have challenged norms. How they’ve built resilience, caused a rethink on design, impacted the investment landscape and shaped the future of the sector moving forwards.
In her capacity as the Chancellor of Northumbria University, Dame Tanni will speak about trust in the sector, which has been badly shaken over the past 12 months. We’ve all seen the shocking images of students barricaded in accommodations, brandishing placards with pleas for food and freedom – but as the general public cannot differentiate between universities and PBSA, how have these images and related news tarnished the sector? What is the lasting reputational damage? What needs to be done to repair and restore trust?
In a 16-year sporting career Dame Tanni won 16 Paralympic medals, held 30 world records and won the London Wheelchair Marathon six times. Currently her roles include chairmanship of UK Active and membership of the board of Transport for London.
The worst of the pandemic may well be behind us, but what has been left in its wake? After a very challenging year for the sector, do we believe there has been a lasting structural change as a result of new learning models, changing student requirements, and the way that universities are interacting with both students, and the private sector? How are we applying learnings from the past year to challenge norms, build resilience, rethink design, and shape the future of PBSA?
Moderated by Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC
When posed the question “what do students want?” invariably the reply is “location” and “price”. There is no doubt that these factors continue to influence choice heavily, but to focus only on these attributes ignores a plethora of factors that are critical in student decision-making! Bringing together their unique combination of thousands of authentic student reviews generated annually, StudentCrowd will present on location and price as well as everything from social experience, to personal safety, to establish the key ingredients needed to deliver insights into what students want. The presentation will then be followed by a guest panel discussing the findings and offering their views.
Presentation from Paul Humphreys, Founder & CEO, StudentCrowd
Philip Hillman and Nick Hillman will discuss the future of the higher education sector. The UK will see a 25% increase in the number of 18 year olds over the next decade. The Higher Education Policy Institute is also predicting increasing levels of domestic participation, which combined with growing numbers of international students, will put significant pressure on the UK HE sector to deal with additional demand.
How will UK Government and the higher education sector deal with the aspirations of this growing cohort of young adults? Will the Treasury restrict the offer of higher education to some, and seek to put more into apprenticeships and other vocational learning? How are UK universities positioned to market themselves globally as we pull out of the pandemic? Has a clear message been offered to international students that UK higher education is open for business?
Paddy is joined by two representatives from UK Universities to discuss the advantages and potential concerns of partnering with the private sector. Partnerships with private providers are very important for the higher education sector, however there are still not enough protections in place for students against landlords that Universities have no control over.
Moderated by Paddy Jackman, Independent Consultant, Jackman Education Solutions
Tom Cheesewright is an Applied Futurist and celebrated author, he helps people and organisations around the world to see the future more clearly, share their vision, and respond with innovation. Tom will provide a scene setter ahead of the technology innovation sessions in the afternoon.
Please select from the concurrent sessions/streams:
What does the investment market look like for student accommodation in 2022 and beyond? What characteristics are investors looking for? Are yields trending inwards? How are parties dealing with the pandemic from an investment perspective? How have lenders found the past year? What forbearance has been offered on covenant breaches, and how long will this patience last? How has the pandemic affected lender views on the future?
Moderated by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC
Faced with the biggest shock to the world economy in 300 years, developers were faced with a stark choice: either evolve or die. Andrew charts how Covid changed the PBSA playbook forever - and why collaboration and camaraderie have never meant more in business
The PBSA sector has historically been more expensive than the student HMO market and university halls of residence, making the latter two more popular with domestic students. But the pandemic has levelled the playing field, with PBSA being seen as more responsive to student needs. Under the new article 4 direction removing the permitted development right allowing housing to be converted to HMOs, the balance could swing further towards PBSA, but is it still too expensive? Will the sector be able to capitalise on the opportunity – or will university halls of residence and HMOs remain the accommodation of choice for domestic students?
The session will focus on constantly changing student expectations and the building blocks that combine to deliver best-in-class student experience.
As students switched to studying remotely during the pandemic, technology became their lifeline. High-speed broadband, virtual tours, online communication platforms, you name it, students expected it – and the good PBSA operators delivered it. The innovation did not stop there. Operators quickly rolled out health & safety measures to make their buildings Covid-safe, rose to the climate crisis challenge by switching to green energy sources and addressed the ‘S’ in ESG with tech-enabled wellbeing and mental health initiatives. But what do students want post pandemic? How should the sector be innovating to meet their evolving needs and the needs of the planet? What does the smart student accommodation of the future look like?
Moderated by: Anviksha Patel, Chief Investigative Reporter, Property Week
Hamish Neale and Mandisa Khabo will discuss how Greystar and Stratis a RealPage company, partnered to implement the U.K’s first holistic smart technology innovation trial in student housing. The trial consisted of a cluster of six units and a communal kitchen within Chapter Highbury 2. Over the past three months residents have been living in the units and have experienced the various forms of technology installed, providing valuable feedback to the continual development of the solution. They will also discuss the specification of the building and the results so far and future plans for Smart technology at Greystar.
As the industry grapples with tech solutions and the data this yields, there is an opportunity for the sector to turn the data into actionable insights that drive innovation and smart decision making. The panel will discuss the role technology has played in operating assets and how it has impacted communicating with residents during the crisis. Tech-enabled property management services have improved responsiveness and accessibility for residents and has enabled amenity space monitoring providing data for decision making purposes. The debate will cover the lessons the panel have learnt from the application of technology through the crisis and how it has reshaped their thinking on the residents’ experience as well as supporting creating operational efficiencies in the future.
Moderator: Tim Pankhurst, Executive Director, CBRE
Grab a coffee and choose from our selection of focused roundtable discussions, hosted by industry experts. This is your chance to get involved and put your questions to our experts. The roundtables will start at 16:10.
Topics will include:
- Learnings from build to rent: Moderator: Georgie Drewery, Account Executive, Yardi
- The path to net zero – understanding where you are on the journey and your next steps: Moderator: Claire Petricca-Riding, National Head of Planning & Environment, Irwin Mitchell
- What do students want? Moderator: Paul Humphreys, Founder & CEO, StudentCrowd
- Student mental health and wellbeing: Moderator: Shaida Faraj, Head of International Markets, RealPage
- Getting the most from your infrastructure: Moderator: Bruce Girdlestone, Director, Glide
- The Augar review – kicked into the long grass forever? Moderator: Paddy Jackman, Independent Consultant, Jackman Education Solutions
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the way student housing is being operated, with many leading organisations now looking to hospitality and other sectors for inspiration and insight. How can we reimagine the sector to optimise assets? Do buildings need a full redesign? Is it the end of the leasing model as we know it? Is hotelification of operations and services the answer?
Moderated by Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC
End your year on a high note with an evening of celebration, as we reward the student sector for new standards of excellence.
Dress code: Lounge suits and cocktail attire
18:30 Awards drinks reception
21:30 Awards ceremony & celebrity host
*Awards ticket holders only. Timings subject to change
*Programme and speakers subject to change
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