5th-16th October 2020

AUDE Thought Leadership Virtual Event

Russell Day, Sector Head – Education, joins a panel discussion looking at ‘Universities in the construction of a new era’ at the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) Thought leadership Virtual Event in October.

AUDE Thought Leadership Virtual Event
COVID-19 and the Future of the University Estate

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) will be hosting a two-week thought leadership virtual event that will explore the opportunities the pandemic has presented to us, how we can harness good practice, do things differently and ensure that we don’t just survive – we thrive.

Sir Robert McAlpine's Russell Day and Mark Gibson will join the speaker programme in a panel discussion looking at:

Constructing the university of the future – the challenge, the uncertainty and the opportunity
In such uncertain times, many might say it would be reckless, even foolhardy, to predict the future of our sector – but those who say that are only thinking about the uncertainty, not the opportunity.

To gain insight into this disrupted Brave New World, our real estate panel brings to you a blended view from an estate director, academic, investor/funder, designer and contractor’s perspectives.

Setting the local, institutional and historical context, we’ll share our thoughts and understanding of how the pandemic has affected – and continues to shape – estate, operational and pedagogical thinking for the future, both on and off campus.

We’ll look at universities in the Southern Hemisphere and how they reacted during a completely different part of the academic cycle. Might their lessons help us shape better outcomes for academic spaces and pedagogy?

With clear and strong connections with and within our cities, the panel will also reconsider how essential these valuable relationships will be in helping our communities, cities and the economies rebound.

Discussing the role that universities have in economic and societal growth and development, the panel will consider how Covid-19 might change the places within which we work and study, and the place that our universities might have in our cities of the future. We will hear how Newcastle University is confronting this range of challenges head on.

5th-16th October 2020

Digital / Online Event

12:00 - 16:00

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Our speakers

  • Russell Day

    Sector Head – Education

    Russell leads the Sir Robert McAlpine national education sector team, marshalling expertise from across the education portfolio and striving for ever-improving levels of customer service. With a practical eye and an empathetic approach, Russell drives best value and customer relationship best practice across the business, always keen to make sure that our teams remain aware of the bigger picture - our customers’ business needs and user expectations.

  • Mark Gibson

    Managing Director - Northern

    With more than 30 years working in the construction business Mark brings a breadth of experience to the SRM Executive Leadership Team. A chartered builder (CIOB), notably Mark worked his way through the ranks from an engineer to now Regional Managing Director. Mark has experience delivering projects across multiple sectors and is responsible for the Northern arm of the business from Manchester to Scotland and including Leeds and Newcastle.

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