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HE estates - life after Brexit

The Higher Education Estates Forum poses the question - how can universities be more competitive up to and beyond Brexit?

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | February 15, 2017 | Events

Now in its fourth year the Higher Education Estates Forum combines an exciting and informative seminar programme sharing best practice and thought leadership, business meetings with the most innovative suppliers, as well as extensive opportunities to network and do business with your peers. The HEE Forum is a must attend event for anyone who is actively involved in university estates. If you are actively working on projects then you are eligible to attend as a complimentary project delegate including executive accommodation, an exclusive project delegate networking drinks reception, all meals and refreshments, and a superb gala dinner on the Thursday evening.

The CPD-certified seminar sessions address the most current and pressing subjects in an increasingly competitive market place helping estates teams to plan and prepare for the post-Brexit landscape. Hear about how others are driving efficiency, reducing costs, improving the estate, raising service levels and increasing commercial income. Discover how these sometimes seemingly incompatible goals are being met. The seminars will better equip you to deliver the estates that an increasingly demanding and sophisticated student base has come to expect.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Matt Cartwright – Founding Director and Head of Universities and Colleges, Twelve Architects  - Sheffield University’s largest capital investment in teaching & learning - the Diamond Building; an £81 million Undergraduate Engineering Facility
  • Andy Mytom – Partner, David Morley Architects  -The SportPark at Loughborough University
  • Tony Poole – Partner and Head of Universities and Colleges, Sheppard Robson
  • Neil McLean, Atkins Global  - Building for collaboration in a post-Brexit world
  • Wayne Head Director and Head of Education, Curl la Tourelle - the importance of the built environment in higher education settings for preparing people for workplaces in industry and enterprise.* 

The HEE Forum is the only event of its kind that brings together estates teams with the entire supply chain, as one of the previous project delegates from York University’s estates team explained: “I work mainly with main contractors and consultant teams, so the forum presented a welcome opportunity to meet with other members of the supply chain.  I gained insight into products and services that will certainly enhance our discussions with contractors and consultants when setting specifications for major projects. I would certainly recommend this event to HE estates colleagues.”


A delegate from Lancaster University estates team added: “It was my first time at the HEE Forum; I found it really worthwhile and was introduced to some interesting products, some of which really surprised me. I will definitely have further meetings as a result including visiting the buildings that some of the architects I met have been involved with. I would never have these kinds of meetings in my normal day to day working day - it's simply not something I find time to do.”

All in all the immersive nature of the event makes for better more meaningful conversations that are extended through an enjoyable social programme ensuring the best use of everyone’s time throughout. The organisers, Stable Events specialise in the built environment and facilitated over 4,000 business meetings last year.

The HEE Forum is being held on 20th & 21st April 2017 at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire.  For more information visit Please contact Sue Ramcharan to find out if you are eligible for acomplimentary delegate place on 020 8288 1080 email You can also visit to register your interest in attending.

*Further speakers to be announced.    

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