NCC Birmingham

7 December 2017

This event has taken place


The biggest student housing event in the calendar is now even bigger! The Property Week Student Accommodation Conference and Awards is where the whole industry comes together to discuss, debate and celebrate the sector as a whole on 7th December.

Following on from the sold out conference and awards events in 2016, the two events have been brought together, and will be hosted at the larger NCC in Birmingham. It is a unique opportunity to meet more than 800 universities, operators, developers, investors and innovators all under one roof.

Don’t miss out on hearing about the key themes running through the agenda, including:

  • Brexit and  higher education policy
  • Affordability
  • Student experience
  • Development pipeline  –  both from the UK and abroad
  • Campus and PBSA developments
  • Design and innovation

New for 2017 are our Innovation Zones  – there clusters of interactive content, showcasing  the best in student experience, university campuses and international developments –  that include:

  • The Student experience pitch – a start-up competition hosted by Solly Akhtar, technology entrepreneur and final-five contestant on BBC’s The Apprentice.
  • Wellbeing in student housing: nice to have’ or non-negotiable? Presented by GSA, the Student Minds charity and the University of York, find out about duty of care and why it is critical to any scheme.


Thursday 7th December

View from the top: what next for the UK university sector?
Opening Keynote: the impact of Brexit and global trends on the UK university sector
In conversation with…The interview will explore what it takes to create a world-class institution, the hallmarks of a successful university and how to make yours stand up to the demands of the 21st century.
The future of the UK’s higher education also creating new opportunities
Coffee break and networking
What does the latest data tell us about the health of the sector and current investment and development cycles?
PBSA: rising to the challenge
Investing in student accommodation: understanding universities, not just the property
Interactive zones - break into three simultaneous content areas – Student Zone, University Zone and International Zone – with a mix of presentations, debates and interactive elements to bring content to life and offer more variety
Student Experience Zone – Stream 1
University Zone – Stream 2
International Zone – Stream 3
Coffee break
Everybody back together for the final session on affordability. Scene setting: why affordability matters and how to deliver more of it
Changing the industry mindset: how can private operators deliver affordability?
Student housing: bringing down the cost.
Summary of the day and chair’s closing remarks
Networking and drinks