21st-22nd March 2018 | United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:15 am - 8:20 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks and Welcome

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks and Welcome

8:20 am - 8:50 am Learning from the Learner: The Evolving Journey of an Academic Leading a Major Project

Peter R Green - MECD Teaching and Learning Project Lead, The University of Manchester
Fedele Canosa - Associate Architect, Mecanoo
Last year, Peter and Fedele focused their presentation on the process they went through as an academic and architect working on a major project. 12 months on, this presentation will offer new insights into the project and how students are helping drive the concept.
  • Project overview, progress, challenges and key learnings to date: How have your opinions evolved as the project develops further?
  • Learning from the learner: What have you learnt from students, how did you obtain the information and how has it been applied positively to the project?
  • What do you anticipate being the biggest challenge for the project in the future and how do you plan to manage it? 

Peter R Green

MECD Teaching and Learning Project Lead
The University of Manchester

Fedele Canosa

Associate Architect

8:50 am - 9:20 am Case Study: The Oxford Foundry: Overcoming Time and Cost Constraints to Create an Innovative Place of Collaboration

Mat Davies - Oxford-Saïd Estate Director, Saïd Business School University of Oxford

This presentation will focus on The Oxford Foundry: The creation of more entrepreneurial people is the foundation of the Oxford Foundry. Opened in October 2017, this exciting new space is for all students at the University of Oxford, no matter what discipline of study; and is designed specifically to support commercial experimentation, innovation and the start-up of new ventures.
  • Project drivers: Creating a space enabling entrepreneurially-minded people to meet, learn, collaborate, create new ventures and experiment
  • The building: Converting a Victorian ice factory into a co-working space, accelerator, presentation area and a café
  • How was this achieved with a tiny budget and incredibly tight timelines: Funding, consultation, design, procurement and delivery

Mat Davies

Oxford-Saïd Estate Director
Saïd Business School University of Oxford

9:20 am - 9:50 am Rating Systems: Measuring the Effectiveness of Spaces

Eleanor Magennis - Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow

Eleanor Magennis

Head of Space Planning
University of Glasgow

9:50 am - 10:20 am Morning Coffee and Networking Break

10:20 am - 11:00 am International Keynote Case Study: The North Torrey Pines Live-Learn Community, University of California San Diego

Thom Greving - Associate Principal, Senior Vice President & Design Director, HKS
Optimising the Procurement Process to Create a User Experience Focused Live-learn Community
·         Reviewing  the project vision, scope and drivers: Creating a community that supports greater creativity and accountability
·         Developing a detailed project program:
o   Developing an integrated, inclusive process
o   Understanding the audience: Providing  direction while encouraging creativity
o   Incorporating qualitative and quantitative outcomes in project goals
·         Design challenge and response                               
o   How to leverage user experience persona mapping to improve outcomes
o   Designing to create community
o   Creating a culture of environmental responsibility and designing for health and wellness
·         Lessons learned: Highlighting the key take aways from the procurement process and the project so far

Thom Greving

Associate Principal, Senior Vice President & Design Director

This session is your first instalment of mining for gold. Within these sessions, attendees can learn from one another through sharing their own experiences. These 30-minute sessions will consist of four questions, broken down into five minute discussions.
Each group will be required to document these ideas on a flipchart with a nominated presenter providing a two minute overview of the solution.
*all information documented will be collated, typed up and provided to every delegate post event*

Alun Jones

Business Change Manager
Cardiff University


Jeremy Lewis

Programme Manager – Physical Learning Spaces, Portfolio Management & IT S
Cardiff University


Matt Townsend

Senior Business Analyst
Cardiff University

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Building Collaborative Partnerships: Selecting, Managing and Driving Value from Multiple User Groups

Adrian Peterson - Director, Innovative Learning Spaces and Special Projects, Washington College
  • Context: Providing a detailed overview of the College and recent learning space projects
  • The challenge of working with complex user  groups and project stakeholders
  • Developing effective processes: Identifying user groups, collaboration methods, documenting ideas and applying knowledge to learning space developments
  • Outcomes: Buy-in from staff, students and project teams, improved decision making, control and user centric spaces 

Adrian Peterson

Director, Innovative Learning Spaces and Special Projects
Washington College

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Product Demonstration

This is your opportunity to meet with the vendors in our exhibition hall to test the latest furniture, technology and equipment that can help solve your issues. These tech demos will last approximately 10 minutes on four cycles with the opportunity to continue your discussions throughout the lunch break at their exhibition stands.

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm Lunch and Networking Break

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Interactive Working Group Session Towards a Multi-Modal Teaching and Learning Space

Andrew Kane - Partner, Faulkner Brown Architects
The benefits of pedagogies based on active or collaborative learning are well known, but do they drive spaces that are too inflexible? The concept of a ‘multi-modal’ teaching and learning space would facilitate a wide range of pedagogies, helping to enhance educational outcomes and improve space utilisation.
The session will firstly outline some spatial concepts and pilot studies before opening up a workshop for delegates to test these emerging concepts and suggest improvements.”
Introductory Presentation
  • Summary of evidence to support improve educational outcomes through new pedagogies (active/collaborative/flipped learning etc.)
  • Overview of poor space utilisation across the HE sector – ongoing challenge to improve
  • Typical spatial typologies that support specific pedagogies (examples)
  • Concept of a ‘multi-modal’ spaces that can support multiple teaching pedagogies and also support informal learning
  • Introduce three initial ‘multi-modal’ space design concepts
Broken down into separate groups where each group will review one space design concept against four factors:
  1. Pedagogy
  2. Space
  3. Technology
  4. Furniture
  • Findings, summary and recommendations

Andrew Kane

Faulkner Brown Architects

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm A Pedagogy First System: Articulating Stakeholder Requirements to Drive Innovation in Practical Learning

James Pearson-Jenkins - PL – Head of Multi-Media and Laboratory Learning, University of Wolverhampton
Learning & Teaching for a Physician Associate profession requires clinical history taking, diagnosis and management of acute or chronic illness.  In HE, these skills tend to be based upon a sound knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology, usually epistemologically organized into a systems approach. Unfortunately, the application of theory to practice can be lost in translation.  With this in mind, the presentation will describe:
  • A needs analysis tool used to determine the design: Learning practice in “real time”
  • Collaborative approaches with colleagues and external companies to design a laboratory space that puts students at the centre of their own learning journey
  • Design approaches that enabled a democratic approach to planning their own interactions
  • Leveraging technology to enhance, excite, challenge and immerse students in the subject
  • Designing and developing a space that can utilise problem based case studies

James Pearson-Jenkins

PL – Head of Multi-Media and Laboratory Learning
University of Wolverhampton

By now you should be fully into problem solving mode and well on your way to meeting your event objectives. At this stage, we will introduce the sponsors to the conversation and focus on some of the questions that may have been posed throughout the product demonstrations.

Alun Jones

Business Change Manager
Cardiff University


Jeremy Lewis

Programme Manager – Physical Learning Spaces, Portfolio Management & IT S
Cardiff University


Matt Townsend

Senior Business Analyst
Cardiff University

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Afternoon Tea

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Transforming Learning & Teaching through Virtual Learning Environments

Jane James - Assistant Director (Learning Environments), University of Birmingham
  • Moving the virtual learning space from the periphery to centre stage as part of a new Higher Education futures institute
  • Meeting and exceeding the changing expectations of current and prospective students: Benefits and impacts on the student experience and academic engagement
  • The virtual environment and interactive classroom: Leveraging education technology to enhance pedagogy and create a world-class technology enabled campus
  • Change management and culture: The importance of buy-in, educating relevant stakeholders and ensuring continued collaboration with the physical learning spaces

Jane James

Assistant Director (Learning Environments)
University of Birmingham

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm SMART Library: Rebuilding and Refurnishing Spaces through User-Centred Design

Lars Binau - Team Leader DTU Library, Technical University of Denmark
  • DTU Library: Understanding the project drivers, concept, collaborative approaches to decision making and why they removed most of the books
  • Future proofing the design and utilising space through effective planning and taking an holistic thinking approach
  • Project challenges: Managing the spider web of functions, operating in silos,  integrating IoT functionality and cost control
  • Building controls, acoustics and lighting: Design considerations to improve engagement and learning
  • Learning space evaluation and metrics: Leveraging IoT and smart building data and analytics to optimise the building and learning spaces

Lars Binau

Team Leader DTU Library
Technical University of Denmark