Time: 09:45 - 10:45

Date: Day 2


Digital: enabling efficient and safe design, build, operation and maintenance of our learning estates

How will the growth in online learning shape the future design of learning spaces and our campuses?

Speaker: James Clay

The physicality of online learning is an issue that will impact on university campuses as we move to a blended programmes containing elements of online and digital learning and physical in-person learning.  This session will explore the challenges that growth in blended learning will bring to learning spaces and the university campus. What is required for, in terms of space for online learning, but will also consider the implications of delivering online teaching as well. Examples will be given of what universities are doing today to meet these challenges. The session will reflect on a possible future maximising the use of our space as students have the flexibility to learn online, in-person and across a spectrum of blended possibilities.

Designing for the health and wellbeing of building users

Speakers: Neil McLean & David Ross, Atkins

The Institute of Health + Wellbeing is a new build facility at the University of Glasgow’s new Western Campus. The building will reflect the occupant’s values for sustainability and environmental concerns as well as the promotion of healthy working and living that are embedded in their research, e.g. through indoor green space, air, sound and light quality.

Atkins used its Human Centred Design tool during the design and briefing process to help clients and end users better define and articulate their priorities for the health and wellbeing of building users. The tool considers a range of interconnected physical and perceptual aspects including environmental comfort, human interaction and organisational culture.


Using predictive modelling and analytics to plan post-covid campuses

Speakers: Becky Hayward & Mike Entwisle

Universities have faced unprecedented challenges in responding to the impact of Covid-19. Reopening campuses and returning to learning while facilitating social distancing and promoting the health and wellbeing of students and staff, has changed how space is used and manaed. To reopen safely, universities have needed to rapidly determine the capacities of spaces under different social distancing regimes; to devise new timetables and teaching approaches; to regulate the flow of people around campus and within buildings; and to build flexibility and adaptability into their plans.

In this session we look at how predictive modelling and analytics has been used to help with these challenges. How do you determine how many people can be accomodated in spaces while social distancing? How do you ensure people can move around buildings and campus safely? How do different strategies affect contact time? What is the impact on timetabling? We explore approaches that have been taken, the analysis undertaken and discuss the key findings from working with universities in Scotland and across the UK.


  • Becky Hayward Associate Director - Buro Happold
  • Mike Entwisle Education Sector Lead - Buro Happold
  • James Clay Head of higher education and student experience - JISC
  • View full profile for David RossDavid Ross Atkins
  • Neil McLean Atkins


  • Rufus Logan Assistant Director Capital & Climate Change - Scottish Funding Council

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