HEDQF Webinar: Coping with Covid, impact and response – reflections from University Estates Departments

Date & Time:Thursday 4th June 2020

This event has now taken place.   See the full webinar here.

On Thursday 4th June, forming part of the Festival of Learning Spaces event, HEDQF will present Coping with Covid, Impact and Response – Reflections from University Estates Departments 

Like most other areas of the economy COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on the Higher Education Sector.  This webinar will consist of a general introduction, followed by reflections from the three participants addressing questions such as:

  • What has it meant for their universities and their Estates Depts?
  • How and when are they planning on re-opening?
  • Will this be a temporary blip or will there be a new normal?
  • How is it likely to impact on the delivery of learning and support services?
  • Will it change the way we design and plan our universities and the way they operate in the longer term?
  • What we have learnt so far – main takeaways
  • Personal reflections on how the pandemic has affected the way they work.

The individual presentations of around 10 minutes will be followed by a wide and lively range of questions from the audience together with further exploration of themes raised by the Chair Julian Robinson.


Julian Robinson, LSE Director of Estates and HEDQF Chair

John Plumridge, Director of Estates – Birmingham City University

Dr. Ghazwa Alwani-Starr – Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy, Planning and Partnerships; and Director of Property and Facilities Management– University of London