Day 1

08:15 AM - 08:20 AM Chairperson's Opening Remarks and Welcome

08:20 AM - 08:40 AM Ice Breaker: What are Your Event Objectives?

In order to boost networking and interactivity, the conference will begin with an opportunity for everybody to get to know one another. Attendees will then have 20 minutes to discuss their key objectives for attending the event which will be documented and used as a tool to influence discussions throughout the entire conference.

08:40 AM - 09:20 AM Global Outlook on Learning Space Design: Comparing Learning Environments throughout the World

Marij Veugelers, Project Manager Campus Development and Learning Spaces, University of Amsterdam
• Overview of the presentation focus and the Universities covered: North America, Australia, Europe (UK, Scandinavia and The Netherlands)
• Understanding the common themes occurring throughout the regions: Similarities, challenges, differentiators and innovation
• Why is developing the next generation learning space so difficult and what can we learn from one another to adopt a standard approach?

Marij Veugelers

Project Manager Campus Development and Learning Spaces
University of Amsterdam

09:20 AM - 09:50 AM Re-conceptualise, Re-design and Rethink the Use of Learning Spaces

Eleanor Magennis, Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow
• Drivers behind transforming the traditional building: Student expectations & engagement, results, technology innovation and competitiveness
• Proof of concept: Reviewing specific design concepts and evidence based design principles for physical spaces
• Technology and the digital era: Future proofing the physical space by predicting emerging trends and designing accordingly
• The strategy for active learning requiring innovative learning spaces which in turn involves changes to teaching.
• Effective collaboration tools that secure project team buy-in and enhance communication throughout the design and development process
• Metrics and measurement: Developing appropriate tools to support design decisions and demonstrate clear improvements

Eleanor Magennis

Head of Space Planning
University of Glasgow

09:50 AM - 10:20 AM Improving Learning and Teaching Outcomes: Innovative, Inspiring and Stimulating Learning Spaces

Dr Louise Naylor, Director, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Kent
• Enhancing the curriculum: Working with students in their disciplinary environments to ensure the teaching space is engaging and improves learning outcomes
• Creating spaces that inspire: Experiential student learning and skills development beyond the classroom
• Evaluating success: Utilising the experience and feedback from students and staff to research and develop the next generation of space

Dr Louise Naylor

Director, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
University of Kent

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM Morning Coffee & Networking

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM In at the Deep End: An Academic’s Journey through Leading a Major Project

Peter R Green, MECD Teaching and Learning Project Lead, The University of Manchester Fedele Canosa, Associate Architect, Mecanoo
This session will focus on the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) and the unexpected journey taken by an academic. Responsible for leading the project, this session will ask specific questions about the project process in order to prepare academics and project teams in general for the challenges they may face:
Can you tell us a bit about the project and how you got involved in the project?
What were your expectations entering the project and how did they differ when the project process started?
What were your biggest challenges at each stage of the project from an academics perspective?
What were the common pitfalls and what would you do differently?
What would you do differently if you started from scratch and what can you teach other project leaders?

Peter R Green

MECD Teaching and Learning Project Lead
The University of Manchester

Fedele Canosa

Associate Architect

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Mining for Gold Interactive Discussion: Checkpoint one

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

Jeremy Lewis

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

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Collaborative Learning: Bridging the Gap Between Spaces, Technology and Innovative Teaching Methods

Iris Peeters, Educational Developer, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven Evert Binnard, Project Assistant ALINA, KU Leuven
• What is preventing Universities from breaking the cycle of traditional teaching methods?
• Evolving the traditional learning model and creating an environment that promotes a student-centred, collaborative model based on guided discovery and creation
• The true value of flexible spaces for both student and teacher manoeuvrability and team working activities
• The value of learning spaces as environments to experiment with new technologies
• Ensuring buy-in and engagement from faculty and re-designing their curriculum to maximise the new approach
• ALINA project: Overview, model and tools to select the appropriate learning space, develop consistent policies, inspire and stimulate all actors to enhance collaborative learning, data collection
• TECOL project: Overview, design, implementation of features of educational technology that enhance interaction and collaborative learning, impact on cognitive and non-cognitive learning outcomes
• Lcie: Learning spaces as partners for stimulating entrepreneurial behaviour with students

Iris Peeters

Educational Developer, Faculty of Science
KU Leuven

Evert Binnard

Project Assistant ALINA
KU Leuven

12:30 PM - 1:00 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.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch & Networking

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Case Study: Delivering a World Class Facility and Student Experience

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Sheffield
• Overview of the building and the history of its development
• Estates and Facilities Management’s role: Initiation, managing and completion
• Understanding the influence learning and teaching had with the design of the project
• User group engagement strategy adopted to design the spaces, furniture, fittings and equipment
• Key learnings from the project

Keith Lilley

Director of Estates and Facilities Management
University of Sheffield

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Creating Learning-centred Communities that blur the Boundaries between Learning, Working and Living

Andrew Harrison, Director, Spaces that Work
Universities are increasingly developing partnerships with other space providers and users to create mixed use spaces and campuses that bring industry and the wider community onto the campus which benefits everyone: intensification of space use, reduction in costs through sharing amenities; increased opportunity for knowledge transfer and support of the widening participation agenda and CSR are some of the benefits that can result from the partnerships.

A model for considering learning centred communities will be presented and national and international examples will be discussed.

Andrew Harrison

Spaces that Work
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.

Jeremy Lewis

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

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon tea

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Next Generation Technology and ICT Influencing the Next Generation Learning Spaces

Mika Suutari, Head of Learning Environment Services, Turku University of Applied Sciences
• Where is the future headed and what do we anticipate as the next wave of technological innovation?
• How can we plan and leverage these emerging trends in our learning spaces?
• Understanding the value of the virtual classroom, virtual reality and augmented reality: Amalgamating the virtual and the physical
• Raising awareness, securing buy-in and developing an effective competency framework for educators
• Increasing opportunities for students to be self learners

Mika Suutari

Head of Learning Environment Services
Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Aligning the Teaching & Learning Portfolio with University Strategic Priorities
  • Working with key stakeholders to understand the key drivers of change
  • Understanding the Legacy Portfolio to identify the strengths and weaknesses
  • Creating Value for Money options to fill the gaps

Prof Ginny Gibson

Deputy Dean, Henley Business School
University of Reading

David Wallace

Strategy & Space Management Director
University of Reading

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Space Utilisation, Management and Efficiency: Updating Legacy Buildings

Karen Pickering, Director, Page Park
• Maximising space utilisation for multi-purpose buildings: Updating formal, informal, collaborative and personal learning spaces
• Multi-purpose buildings and multi-functional spaces through flexibility and adaptability
• Identifying critical space issues and their impact on budgets

Karen Pickering

Page Park

5:30 PM - 5:35 PM Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and end of Conference Day One

5:35 PM - 11:59 PM Drinks Reception