Monday 14 May 2018

Recruitment in Higher Education and its Impact on Student Accommodation Demand - Getting it Right

A morning seminar looking at future trends, recent UCAS and HESA figures and accommodation supply and demand

Suitable for: Senior staff dealing with policy, management, planning and allocations in student accommodation

The Council Chamber - Royal College of Physicians

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9.20am - 9:35am Registration and Coffee

9.35am - 9.45am Opening Remarks Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol

9.45am - 10.15am Where Higher Education is Going: The Big (and not so big) Picture: Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) to include:
- Brexit and EU students
- international demand and immigration policy
- the longer term effects of TEF (and its roll out to subjects)
- postgraduate demand
- the review into student funding.

10.15am - 10.30am Questions, discussion and reaction, led by Paddy Jackman, Ardingly College's Director of Operations and Property Week Student Accommodation Chair

10.30am - 11.10am Crunching the Numbers - Winners and Losers: the changing pattern of demand, how accommodation demand for PBSA varies between types on institution, what the the UCAS data shows about undergraduate intake and trends and what the HESA data shows about postgraduate intake. Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol

11.10am - 11.25am Break (tea & coffee available)

11.25am - 11.45am Observations, questions, discussion and reaction, led by Paddy Jackman

11.45am - 12.15pm Developing the Right Accommodation in the Right Place - Threats and Opportunities: Jacqui Daly, Director, Savills

12.15pm - 12.40pm Observations, delegate questions and panel discussion led by Paddy Jackman

12.40pm -1.30pm Networking Lunch (Provided)


Unipol have crunched the recent UCAS and HESA numbers, added some additional research of their own and are making their conclusions available in this morning seminar looking at how student intakes are changing, growing and shrinking, how different intakes affect housing demand (particularly for PBSA) and how volatile postgraduate demand is becoming.

Each delegate to this seminar will receive a copy of the report Briefing on Undergraduate and Postgraduate Applications, Acceptances and Enrolments in the UK Higher Education Sector as part of this seminar package.

Three expert commentators place this analysis in the wider environment looking at the way in which higher education may develop over the next few years and how this impacts on supply and demand for accommodation.

Paddy Jackman will lead a running commentary, encouraging questions and discussion after each session to encourage questions and testing what is being presented.

This one-off event, free of development hype will enable delegates to form their own views on what the pattern of demand is for student housing is likely to be in particular locations and across the country and will enable those views to be based on the best facts available.

This seminar, because of its seminar and participative format, is open to a maximum of 50 delegates and will not be repeated. It is a single chance to get the best information and opinion within the sector available.


Nick Hillman - has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

He has written for a range of think tanks and journals.

Martin Blakey - in his role as Chief Executive of Unipol, is regarded as a well-informed and important commentator on the development of student accommodation, working with HEIs, developers, local authorities, government and the NUS to explore, explain and influence future housing policy and standards.

Each year Unipol undertakes a full analysis of all statistical sources to establish the changing patterns of demand for housing. The next major piece of work to be undertaken will be the Unipol/NUS Accommodation Cost Survey that tracks the number of bed spaces, their amenity level and cost every three years.

Jacqui Daly - Director of Residential Investment Research & Strategy for Savills and has worked in property for over 15 years. She delivers investment consultancy advice to a wide range of clients who are active in the residential markets. She recently wrote University cities: Where should the money go?

Paddy Jackman - of Jackman Education Solutions Limited, a company specialising in the provision of consultancy advice to education organizations, particularly universities, and companies with links to the sector in relation to student accommodation. Also Ardingly College Director of Operations and prior to that Commercial Director of Imperial College London where he acted as the client for a £200m investment programme in student facilities.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £160
Friends of Unipol Rate - £135

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