Campus spaces and places: Impact on student outcomes – a review of evidence

Date & Time:17th February 2022, from 3pm

This event has taken place.  See the post event report here.

“How can we measure the value of the Higher Education built environment in terms of impact on students and student outcomes? What types of campus and what campus facilities deliver the most benefit for our students?”

These are among the questions that are being considered by a major research project launched in February 2021 and jointly steered by AUDE (the Association of University Directors of Estates), HEDQF (the Higher Education Design Quality Forum) and Willmott Dixon (one of the UK’s leading construction companies and a specialist in higher education building).

Pre-Covid, Universities were spending more than £3.5bn a year on capital developments because of a strong belief in the impact this has on the delivery of high-quality teaching, research and student experience; post Covid future investments will have to deliver even more value. This research focuses on the value to students in particular; measurable value during their studies and after they finish in enabling them to achieve better longer-term outcomes.

One year into the research what have we learnt? Our report of this phase of the research will be published just in time for this event.

Join partners in this project AUDE, HEDQF and Willmott Dixon on 17 February (3pm) at Kingston University’s RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Town House for a tour of this exceptional building and an update on our first year of research, from Professor Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira (University of Strathclyde). How can you and your university join in as the research enters its next phase?


3.00pm:  Welcome and Visit to the Town House (Meet in the Courtyard)
– 3.00pm  Introduction to the Town House project by Sean Woulfe, Director of Estates, Kingston University
– 3.10pm  Visit

– 4.00pm:  Introduction to the Research Partners and to the Research Project by Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Chief Operations Officer, QMUL, and HEDQF Chair
– 4.10pm:  Key results from the first phase of this Research Project by Professor Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira, Department of Architecture I University of Strathclyde and lead researcher for this project
– 4.40pm:  Questions and Answers,  chaired by Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Chief Operations Officer, QMUL and HEDQF Chair
– 4.50pm;  Summing Up and Conclusion, Speaker TBC
5.00pm: Informal Discussion and Drinks Reception sponsored by Willmott Dixon and HEDQF

6.00pm Close

To book your FREE place:

Booking is open to all via the AUDE website.  Non AUDE members can book onto this event as a guest.


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