21st-22nd March 2018 | United Kingdom

Agenda Day 2

8:40 am - 8:50 am Chairperson's Welcome

8:50 am - 9:20 am Creating Flexible, Multi-purpose, Technology Supported Spaces that Enhance Informal Learning

Professor Liz Burd, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching,The University of Newcastle
Evolving expectations and the needs of the modern student: Leveraging technology that will meet expectations, enhance learning and teaching and improve experience
Designing beyond traditional lecture theatres: Blending informal and multi-purpose spaces by utilizing furniture  and facilitating interaction
What works for specific disciplines: Using prototyping of spaces ‘and’ technology to aid staff and student transition from old to new.
How to bring authentic experiences  into  the classroom: Exposing students to collaborative and self-directed ways of learning that will prepare them for “real life”

Professor Liz Burd

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching
The University of Newcastle

9:20 am - 9:50 am Case Study: Waterside Campus: Leading Large-scale Pedagogic Transformation in the Context of a Campus Move

Prof. Ale Armellini, Dean of Learning and Teaching,University of Northampton
  • Why build a new campus? Overview, vision and challenges
  • Maximising staff capability to teach and interact with students through Active Blended Learning, Northampton’s new normal: Enabling the co-creation of knowledge through exploration, research, critical analysis, exchange of ideas, teamwork and feedback for action
  • Flexible space design to enhance the learning journey
  • Developing a change management strategy
  • Creating the vision pedagogic design, staff development opportunities, technology selection and support for an outstanding learning experience

Prof. Ale Armellini

Dean of Learning and Teaching
University of Northampton

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

10:20 am - 10:50 am Performance Improvement: Applying Innovation to the Measurement and Delivery of Learning Spaces

Mark Swales, Director of Estates & Facilities,Sheffield Hallam University
  • Engagement with academic and student communities in the design of informal and formal learning spaces
  • Integrating learning space design in the future development of the estate
  • The challenges and opportunities for re-purposing existing buildings and development of new facilities to meet innovations in pedagogical practices
  • The importance of developing metrics and measuring performance of spaces in a learning & teaching capacity
  • Leveraging Data & Analytics to improve performance in learning space utilisation and design

Mark Swales

Director of Estates & Facilities
Sheffield Hallam University

10:50 am - 11:20 am Case Study: The Learning Garage : Connecting Students to Technology and Innovation

Peter Verbist, Head of AGORA Learning Centre,University of Leuven
  • Overview of the “The Learning Garage” project
  • Project drivers, desired outcomes, technology collaboration and setting up an ecosystem between learning communities and the University
  • Pedagogical approaches: Stimulating learning through  activity based working
  • Space design: Developing a learning space that supports innovation and utilises technology
  • Change management: Fostering entrepreneurial skills and digital literacy

Peter Verbist

Head of AGORA Learning Centre
University of Leuven

In your final instalment of Mining for Gold, you will have specific themes and challenges assigned to your groups, consisting of a mix of new problems, as well as the challenges you have found solutions for.
The purpose of this session is to find alternative solutions for the same challenges and ensure you have multiple approaches to achieve your desired outcomes.  

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

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Break

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm One Big Happy Family: Students, Academics, Techies, Builders and Designers Working Together in Harmony

Tom O’Mara, Online Project Manager,University College Cork Paul Williams, Maintenance Coordinator,University College Cork
  • Creating a platform to unite all stakeholders and user groups responsible for designing, building, supporting and maintaining spaces are involved in conversations early
  • Engaging with academic staff to ensure student learning translates into effective teaching practices
  • Articulating feedback to plan and design the physical and technical environments within the university
  • Developing Next Generation Learning Spaces: Reviewing the capital investment within the campus and the collaborative approach that has resulted game-changing developments

Tom O’Mara

Online Project Manager
University College Cork


Paul Williams

Maintenance Coordinator
University College Cork

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Optimising Learning Spaces through Technology: Amalgamating Virtual and Physical Environments

Professor Gunter Saunders, Internet and Education Technology Services,University of Westminster (UK)
  • Taking an holistic view on learning and teaching: Student centricity by providing a seamless movement throughout the entire campus, home, work and socially
  • Understanding how students interact, learn and excel within the virtual and physical spaces
  • Understanding what academic staff need from a physical learning space
  • Identifying and selecting technology that supports the virtual and physical: Optimisation of both
  • New build vs. retrofit challenges: Managing the integration process 

Professor Gunter Saunders

Internet and Education Technology Services
University of Westminster (UK)

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Streamlining Internal & External Collaboration: Timely and Cost Effective Delivery of Spaces

Stephen Heath, Strategic Space Management,Coventry University Dr Valerie Cox, Principal Lecturer,Coventry University Mark Evans, Associate Director ,Broadway Malyan
  • Inception: Defining the scope, project team and engaginguser groups early in the planning, design and brief stage
  • Pedagogy: Ensuring user groups are engaged early regarding new pedagogies and building projects: Securing buy-in from all parties
  • Delivery: Articulating the brief, anticipating challenges and effective delivery
  • Collaboration: Understanding the dialog between technical and non-technical stakeholders: Aligning the communication style and content
  • Lessons learned on the project: Hindsight view on process, design and outcomes

Stephen Heath

Strategic Space Management
Coventry University

Dr Valerie Cox

Principal Lecturer
Coventry University


Mark Evans

Associate Director
Broadway Malyan

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Evolving Design of the Workplace in Higher Education

Dan Wakelin, Head of Space Management,Queen Mary University of London
·         What is driving the need to redesign staff spaces: Cost control, space utilisation and collaboration
·         Reducing staff workspace whilst increasing space for learning and teaching
·         The impacts of technology on the workplace
·         Re-thinking the boundary between office and student space

Dan Wakelin

Head of Space Management
Queen Mary University of London

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Digital Disruption and the Changing Landscape of HE: Enhancing Learning & Teaching through Emerging Technology

Nicolas Ioannides, Director of Academic Affairs,University of Nicosia
  • Highlighting the  challenges and opportunities associated with learning and teaching on a remote island
  • Future technology: What can we expect from the future and how can we plan to manage the disruption
  • The virtual classroom: Incorporating VR and AR into the learning environment
  • Developing a teaching excellence tool, metrics and KPI’s that will ensure quality
  • Tips on change management and leadership strategies that can support immediate change as well as preparing educators of tomorrow

Nicolas Ioannides

Director of Academic Affairs
University of Nicosia

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Event Objectives Re-cap and Interactive Wrap Up Workshop:

This team-building session will re-visit your key objectives from the start of the conference and ensure you don’t leave without achieving your goals.
This will enable all attendees to come together, share their key learnings, identify the next steps for their business and develop a 10 point plan back to the office. 

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and Conference Close