Friday 12 November 2021

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

The 12th Joint Codes Conference - Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication

The 12th Joint Codes Conference - Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication

bringing together the UUK and the ANUK/Unipol Government Approved Codes

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Friday 12th November 2021

10.15am - 10.25amIntroductions

10.25am - 11.40amWellbeing concerns and Sharing Student Data – Improving Co-operation between Universities and Private Providers - A Panel Discussion – John de Pury – Still to be confirmed (Policy Lead – Health, Universities UK) ; Steven McCarthy (Operations Director - CRM); Michael Abbotts (Information Governance Manager - University of Lancaster); Viv Adams -  (Principal Policy Adviser, ICO), and Andrew Cornforth, Solicitor, Pinsent Masons  Eliot Room

11.40am - 11.50amNetworking (Tea and coffee available)

11.50am - 12.30pmBreakout Sessions:
1) Working with PBSA Suppliers: A Collaborative Approach – Robin Walsh (Head of Residential Services, University of Bournemouth) Bronte Room
2) Dealing with National Code Complaints, What have we learned during the pandemic and what is coming through now?  – Victoria Peckitt, Code Complaints Officer, Unipol Student Homes Eliot Room

12.30pm - 13.20pmLunch and networking

13.20pm - 14.00pmBreakout Sessions:
1) Changes to the Code for Non-Educational Establishments, including no-quibble payments – Jess Carrier, National Codes Co-ordinator, Unipol Student Homes Bronte Room
2) Helping out with an Accommodation Crisis: A Case Study from York and Hull (Matthew Winter, Head of Lettings, and Elliot Becker Head of Brand, Kexgill) Eliot Room

14.00pm - 14.50pmBreakout Sessions:
1) The UK Town and Gowns Association: An Example of Effective Multi-Agency Co-Operation – Poppy Humphrey (Off-Campus Student Affairs Officer, the University of Manchester) and Copper Healey (Manager, Manchester Student Homes), UK Town and Gowns Association Bronte Room
2) How Communication can change what you think and what you do: Drawing examples from the worlds of psychology, advertising and social media marketing in HE, this presentation runs through how the right communication can positively change students’ behaviours. Campuslife Eliot Room

14.50pm - 15.00pmClosing Remarks – Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes





The student accommodation sector, as with all other aspects of life in the UK, has been impacted massively by the global pandemic and although the early signs for the 2021/2022 academic year indicate some return to normality, it’s also clear that lessons from the last 18 months will need to be learned. Perhaps one of the most important of these will be the need for both the private and public parts of the student accommodation sector to work together much more closely, thereby benefiting the students who they house.

Whilst there is evidence from within the sector to indicate that some private suppliers of accommodation have excellent relationships with educational establishments, a survey conducted in the summer of 2020 revealed that increased collaboration between the different parts of the sector had not resulted from the pandemic. In fact, the findings suggested that where there had been close working relationships before March 2020 they remained, but where there had not been, that situation had not changed.

One of the reasons why the Joint Codes event was created in the first place was to enable educational establishment accommodation providers and private sector suppliers to identify not only their shared interests but also to actively work together in the interest of students. The agenda for this particular iteration of the conference reflects more directly those aims and those invited to speak at it have been selected because of their knowledge and experiences of these particular issues.

The event will begin with a panel session discussion around the topic of information and data sharing and, in the afternoon, a number of presentations will be on offer giving actual examples of collaborative/cooperative arrangements, led by the people who are involved in delivering such programmes.

Although the event is taking place face-to-face, there will be the opportunity to watch elements of the event online. Full details of the options will be available soon.

Two free places per member of the UUK Code or ANUK/Unipol National Codes. Please note that tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. Event capacity has been reduced to 70 delegates this year to enable social distancing in the venue.

  • Free place (ANUK/Unipol National Codes)
  • Free place (UUK Code)
  • Normal rate - £125

Cost per delegate

Friends of Unipol Rate - £0

Normal Delegate Rate - £125

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