Building confidence in the future of universities

24 March 2021

Planning for the next generation of students needs to start now. But in a period of economic uncertainty with technological advances happening at breakneck speed, how can those in charge of university estates decide where best to invest and build for tomorrow’s students and academics?

With sustainability high on the agenda, the environmental impact of any future development cannot be ignored. How can our universities ensure they are fit for this ever-evolving future – and that their impact is a positive one?

This event is for estate directors, university leaders, higher education finance professionals, and all those involved in setting the strategy and plans for university estates.

We will:

  • bring together leading figures across academia and industry to examine how these challenges can be met.
  • hear new ideas on shaping the estate to suit a fast-changing curriculum.
  • discover innovative ways in which industry-university collaborations can fund redevelopment.
  • reaffirm how civic engagement must be a fundamental consideration for universities.

Experts in their fields will share case studies, research, and strategies to offer their vision for our universities of the future, helping the sector prepare its institutions for 2030 and beyond. The event will also enable delegates to network with key stakeholders and explore opportunities for collaboration as they navigate this new landscape.


Discussion topics

  • Improving student experience: meeting the expectations of the next generation
  • What will smart learning spaces need to be like in 2030 to match the curriculum?
  • New ways to fund redevelopment: What are the latest trends in industry-university collaboration?
  • How can universities partner with local government in the interests of their communities?
  • Working towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: What does greening a campus really mean?


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