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Higher education estates forum returns for 2018

Explore 'Addressing the changing needs of the University campus' at the hee forum

Posted by Julian Owen | January 23, 2018 | Events

Now in its fifth year the higher education estates (hee) forum combines seminars sharing best practice and thought leadership, with the opportunity to network with fellow professionals as well as meet with the most innovative suppliers in the sector.  

It’s a must-attend event for anyone who is actively involved in university estate, and those actively working on projects are eligible to attend as a complimentary project delegate which includes executive accommodation, an exclusive project delegate networking drinks reception, all meals, refreshments and a superb gala dinner.

Held over one and a half days the seminar programme addresses the most current and pressing subjects in this competitive sector where, for the first time, student numbers are predicted to fall. Find out how others are driving efficiency, reducing costs, improving the estate, raising service levels and increasing commercial income. 

This year’s speakers and topics include:

 - Vicki Mathews & Jason Homan, Development Managers, Lancaster University – socialisation in student residences, campus health and wellbeing at Lancaster University

 - Nick Cullen, Head of Research & Development, Hoare Lea – Designing tomorrow’s buildings why we need to think differently

 - Osama Khan, Director of learning & teaching, Southampton Solent University & Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg – The Spark building at Southampton; encouraging creative, interactive and flexible ways of learning

 - Paul Holt, Divisional Director of Estates & Facilities, Manchester Metropolitan University – What facilities do students want and are we meeting these needs

 - Murdoch Cameron, Director & Colin Moses, Director MCW Architects, & Jane Bunce, Director of Student and Academic Services, Northampton University – The Waterside Campus Masterplanning, consolidating accommodation onto a single campus

 - Rory Bergin, Partner, Sustainable Futures, HTA Design – Offsite prefabrication for education estates

 - Phil Watson, Design Director, Infrastructure, Atkins – The economic case for human-centred design

 - Aaron Taylor, Principal & Sector Lead, Stantec – Innovative learning spaces; taking the best from workplace design

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.”  

The hee forum is being held on 22-23 March 2018 at the Marriott Hotel, Forest of Arden, Warwickshire. For more information, or to register your interest in attending, please visit To find out if you are eligible for a complimentary delegate place, please call Sue Ramcharan on 020 8288 1080 or email

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