The Third Annual Conference will be held at the University of Sheffield on 5th July 2017.

Breaking the Mould: Universities Supporting Industry, Enterprise and Innovation


UK Universities are again at a time of great change.  The Higher Education and Research Bill currently going through Parliament aims to improve the student experience, ensure that students receive value for money, allow more competition to universities and enhance the UK’s economy through increased productivity, research and innovation.  Even before BREXIT, initiatives such as the Government’s 2014 Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones were encouraging universities, manufacturing, innovation and enterprise to work together.  Post BREXIT, this will be even more important.


HEDQF’s 2017 Annual Conference will look at designing for the future of universities in this new role. Many universities have already been leading the way.


Based in the “Diamond”, The University of Sheffield’s new £81 million undergraduate engineering building, the Conference will look at examples from the UK and abroad, including the University of Sheffield’s world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, in partnership with 90 companies from Boeing, Rolls Royce,  BAE systems and Aerospace to small local companies. Other examples will include the El Hassan Science City and The Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the new campus for Northampton University which is reshaping how teaching is provided to students, without lecture theatres, and, looking at non-traditional models, the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, a new private university in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.


The conference will close with a drinks reception in the new Faculty of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallam University.


Book your place at the Conference here


Costs and attendance 

1. HEDQF member organisations: £165 per delegate

2. Non-members: £195 per delegate


This includes lunch and refreshments and transport to the evening reception. 

Limited number of places remaining*


*Full Terms and Conditions of this conference can be found here.



Draft Schedule (Subject to Adjustment)

5 July 2017           


Investing in multidisciplinary learning and teaching facilities: Tour of the Diamond Building
Pre-booking essential.  Meet at the Conference Reception Desk, The Diamond.


09.30 Coffee and registration

10.30 Conference Opening and Setting the Context
Chairman:  Professor Philip Ogden, Professor of Geography, Senior Advisor to the Principal at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of HEDQF.

  • Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities, The University of Sheffield Welcome to The University of Sheffield
  • Professor Philip Ogden: Welcome to the Conference.


10.40 Keynote Presentation
The University of Sheffield and its support for innovation, enterprise, manufacturing and engineering: What is has achieved, what is plans and how it supports the future prosperity and the public realm of the City of Sheffield

11.00 Investing in innovative engineering: The Dyson Campuses in the UK and Abroad: Wiltshire, Singapore and Melbourne

  • Yasmin Al-Ani Spence, Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre
  • Stafford Critchlow, Director WilkinsonEyre


11.30 Supporting enterprise and innovation in different circumstances: No two universities are the same.

  • Innovation Centres and Formationzones at the University of Plymouth
    • Bernard Curren, Innovation Centres Director and Innovation Lead, University of Plymouth.
  • Innovation at the London South Bank University
    • Gurpreet Jagpal, Director Research and Innovation, and CEO South Bank University Enterprises Ltd
  • Innovation at the Hive at Worcester


13.00 Lunch and Networking


14.15 Past successes and future plans

Chairman:  Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, London School of Economics

  • “AUDE at 25” by Rod McAllister and William Pine, the recently-completed film by AUDE and HEDQF
    • Future Research Proposals by HEDQF:  Dr Caroline Paradise, Head of Design Research, Associate Director, Atkins


14.40 Achieving change through the opportunity of a new campus


  • The University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus: 
    • Jane Bunce, Director of Student and Academic Services, Academic Project Manager for the Waterside Campus, University of Northampton

  • Cardiff University’s new campus and science park in Cathays
    • Karsan Vaghani, Deputy Director of Estates (Campus Development), Cardiff University


15.40 Coffee break


16.00 Universities supporting Britain in the Post Brexit Era: The AMRC at Sheffield, the NAIC at Warwick and lessons for others

  • Panel discussions from students from the University of Sheffield and from members of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • The Design and Future Plans for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
    • Darren Southgate, Director, Bond Bryan Architects
  • The Design of the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick
    • Roddy Langmuir, Practice Leader, Cullinan Studio
    • Peter Inglis, Practice Leader, Cullinan Studio


17.25 Summing Up and Discussion

17.40 Coaches to Sheffield Hallam University

18.00 Drink Reception, Visit and Talk in the new Faculty of Development and Society Building at Charles Street, Sheffield Hallam University (sponsored by Bond Bryan Architects)
20.00 Close




Conference Organiser: Ian Caldwell, Kings College London (
General enquiries:

HEDQF’s 2nd Annual Conference: Future Campus – The University of the Future
12 July 2016

This successful conference, attended by over 200 delegates, asked the question “What will the university of the future look like?” when technology, society, the aspirations of students and the needs of researchers are changing and becoming ever more demanding in the competitive world while funding and cost of tuition continues to be a challenge. Students and staff expect well-designed, technology-rich, high quality facilities that reflect the identity of the university, while universities have a renewed focus on collaboration with a wide variety of organisations - locally, national and internationally. 


The Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF)’s Annual Conference for 2016 examined how universities and designers were  responding to these challenges, within the venue of the Granary Building, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL) in the major regeneration area of King’s Cross London. 


The conference considered examples of forward-thinking in London, elsewhere in the UK and internationally, and coincided with the launch of the new HEDQF-RIBA book Future Campus - Design Quality in University Buildings.

Book Launch



The launch of the RIBA / HEDQF publication, "Future Campus" took place at UAL after the 2016 Conference in 12 July.


The modern university takes many forms, with considerable contrasts in history, size and location, and in the balance between teaching, learning and research. Universities play a major role within their local communities in education, in their contribution to the economy and in generating a sense of pride and engagement.


Future Campus highlights how the physical space of the university and the quality of design of that space really matters and will help architects, design teams and university clients in their pursuit of practical and innovative solutions to creating places that enable effective and enjoyable teaching, learning and research. The book draws on a wide range of case studies from different higher education systems and includes the views of university academics, estate directors, architects and engineers involved in the creation of settings for university life.


If you would like to order the publication, further details can be found at the RIBA Bookshop.

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