Tuesday 27 February 2018

Student Accommodation - Are the Risks Increasing or is Business Booming?

Unipol Training & Pinsent Masons

A one day conference evaluating uncertainty and future needs

Suitable for: all those involved in student accommodation strategy, development and management

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9.20am - 9.45am Registration and Coffee

9.45am - 9.55am Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Victoria Goddard, Partner, Pinsent Masons

9.55am - 10.25am How Higher Education Continues to Evolve: Future Trends. Richard O'Kelly, Head of Analytical Data, UCAS

10.25am - 10.35am Questions and discussion

10.35am - 11.00am Evolving Housing Policy in a Brexit Context (and its impact on PBSA): Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy (Real Estate), British Property Federation

11.00am - 11.10am Questions and discussion

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

11.25am - 11.50am The Institutional View: Shaping an Accommodation Strategy to Shape a Direction of Travel: Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management, The University of Leeds

11.50am - 12.00pm Questions

12.00pm - 12.50pm Where is the Accommodation Market Now and what role do Valuations really play? Sarah Jones, Director of Research and Development, Empiric Student Property and Jacqui Daly, Director, Savills

12.50pm - 1.35pm Lunch (provided)

1.35pm - 2.15pm Is the London Student Accommodation Pipeline Drying Up? Jo Winchester, Executive Director CBRE,Tim Pankhurst, Senior Director CBRE, Andrew Howarth, Head of Residential Accommodation and Roland Shanks, Information and Projects Manager, University of London

2.15pm - 3.05pm Panel Session: Supply, Demand, Volatility and Rental Trends
Bryan Carroll, Deputy Director Estates & Facilities, Southampton Solent University, Michael Lees, Head of Campus Services, Nottingham Trent University and Stewart Moore, Commercial & Marketing Director CRM Students

3.05pm - 3.20pm Break (tea and coffee available)

3.20pm - 4.10pm Panel Session: The Effects of Grenfell on PBSA, Regulation and Insurance. Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol (Moderator), Michael Lees, Head of Campus Services, Nottingham Trent University, Nick Bradley, Partner, Pinsent Masons and David Tymms, Commercial Director, iQ Student Accommodation

4.10pm - 4.15pm Concluding remarks


Perhaps certainty is a thing of the past. Student accommodation providers have moved from the calm waters of gradual and even expansion into a maelstrom of uncertainty:

• Higher education is increasingly competitive in a static or slightly declining market

• International students have to be hard won in a hostile immigration climate

• No one appears to know what will happen to European student numbers year on year

• Student accommodation providers are facing rising land and building costs and yet affordability is the order of the day

• The “winners” and “losers” in the battle for students make some investments increasingly unstable.

This one day conference aims to chart a way through these choppy waters and move on from the outdated hype that has recently surrounded the development of new student accommodation.

The day will look at:

• Future home, international and European demand from students the development of institutional accommodation strategies and what use they are?

• Whether valuations are overtaking revenue?

• How development trends are proceeding - and is it all over for new London student PBSA?

• How the wider housing crisis and Grenfell are likely to affect the regulatory environment for PBSA, both private and institutional?

The day brings together a number of industry and institutional leaders in the world of higher education and student accommodation to give a variety of views enabling delegates to make up their own minds on how best to future-proof forward decision making.


Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £320
Friends of Unipol Rate - £285

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