26 - 27 March, 2019 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 26th March 2019

8:45 am - 9:15 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:15 am - 9:20 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and Conference Chair, Mick Serena

9:20 am - 10:00 am Opening Case Study: How to Incorporate Student Accommodation in Your Campus Master Plan

With an average 17,000 enrolled students per year and 8000 acres of land, Stanford University is regularly finding ways to innovate their student accommodation spaces. Cathy Deino Blake, Stanford University’s Director of Campus Planning and Design, is aware of the importance of creating an ideal residential experience for their students which incorporates innovative programming and living spaces to improve student life. 

It is here Cathy will open the conference with a discussion of the university’s plans to integrate student accommodation into the masterplan within their 800-acre Central Campus area 

  • Including student accommodation in the campus masterplan to drive strategic goals
  • Updating Stanford’s infrastructure and policies to create a safe space for all students living on campus
  • Creating innovative solutions within student residences to inspire students to learn 
  • Creating a sense of community within distinct areas
Cathy Deino Blake, Director of Campus Planning and Design at Stanford University

Cathy Deino Blake

Director of Campus Planning and Design
Stanford University

10:00 am - 10:30 am Thought Leadership Session

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Session

An effective, structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:30 am - 12:10 pm The Planning Process: How Can Student Accommodation Providers and Governments Co-Work to Develop Stronger Living Spaces

Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government have recently committed a new Partnership Agreement, which aims to see the delivery of new student benefits for the territory. This partnership would, in part, see the relocation of academic activities to the Darwin City CBD, including the university’s student accommodation. 

Mick Serena and Meredith Parry will present a joint case study on the work currently taking place within this project, and ways to integrate government and university initiatives to improve student accommodation.

  • Understand how the possible relocation of student accommodation to Darwin City CBD would result in stronger academic results
  • Employing an integrated solution for student accommodation providers to improve government and student outcomes
  • Illustrate how student accommodation is integral to creating a sense of place, increasing density and making the city campus more active
Mick Serena, Managing Director at SAFM Solutions

Mick Serena

Managing Director
SAFM Solutions

Meredith Parry, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President of Operations at Charles Darwin University

Meredith Parry

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President of Operations
Charles Darwin University

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Future Proofing Australia’s Student Accommodation and Catering to Upcoming Trends

In order to predict future trends and cater to the changing patterns of student accommodation, design innovation needs to be considered. Understanding the different aspects that make every university different and catering to the market is one way to future proof this. It is here Ron de Hann will discuss how universities can improve their 2025 vision by ensuring they create residencies that have enough flexibility to adjust to future demands, whilst still remaining relevant to the current student market.

  • Understanding how to predict future trends and refurbish student accommodation structures 
  • Considering the long term benefits of retrofitting to maintain your building’s historic value 
  • Creating strategies that allows improvements for aging structures
Ron de Haan, Director of Student Accommodation at University of New South Wales

Ron de Haan

Director of Student Accommodation
University of New South Wales

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Student Living: Creating Integrated Living Spaces for Student Accommodation

Shannon Joe, Principal and Director at Warren and Mahoney, will present a study on the work his team are doing in the student accommodation space throughout New Zealand and Australia. With the mantra that student living needs to be interwoven into every aspect of campus accommodation, they work with universities to find active ways of bringing new forms of teaching into the overall living sphere. 

  • Ensuring student accommodation is designed as an interconnected student living village
  • Working with city councils to create a stronger market and interest for international students 
  • Mixed-use developments: Having residential and commercial services work together to deliver worthwhile experiences and convenience for students off-campus
Shannon Joe, Principal and Director at Warren and Mahoney

Shannon Joe

Principal and Director
Warren and Mahoney

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Improving Your University’s Business Planning Structure: The University of Melbourne’s 2020 Plan to Address Supply and Demand Challenges

The University of Melbourne are focused on creating an extra 3,000 beds between now and 2020 to meet supply and demand challenges. With Melbourne a unique market, and many universities in close proximity to each other, there is a significant construction pipeline at the core of every project. 

Focusing on the design and construction of their university accommodation, Vickie Banks from the University of Melbourne will discuss their tender processes and the soft operations behind the construction of student living.

  • Understanding how to contribute to redevelopment in a competitive market
  • Determining future innovations in student accommodation by addressing asset management challenges
  • Find strategies to meet demand for student residencies within universities and PBSA providers
Vickie Banks, Student Accommodation Program Lead at University of Melbourne

Vickie Banks

Student Accommodation Program Lead
University of Melbourne


3:40 pm - 4:20 pm How the University of Canterbury Successfully Designed Over 60 Bed Villages in the Course of One Summer

The University of Canterbury is one of New Zealand’s most prominent universities, with a current development plan that should see a further 500 new beds developed by 2021. Sonia Barker will present how the university successfully delivered construction of 60 temporary beds for 2014 to address their student housing shortage post earthquake. Afterward they continued to increase their accommodation offering in 2017 and 2018 by another 180 beds through repurposing new facilities.

  • Understand how innovative solutions and breaking the mould can give surprising and successful results for your university or business
  • How natural disasters can lead to inventive solutions 
  • Future proofing your student accommodation to prevent against natural disasters

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Understanding the Needs of Graduate Students and Meeting Expectations for Accommodation Providers

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Cameron will present on ways student accommodation providers can improve the residencies they specifically design for postgraduate students. It is here he will discuss the patterns behind graduate student living, with graduates often preferring high quality and efficient accommodation structures, as oppose to the larger communal spaces seen in many undergraduate residencies.

  • Understanding how to design student accommodation specifically catered to the expectations of postgraduate students
  • Recognising the increase in international students in specific cohorts and catering accommodation to support multi-cultural association 
  • Increase and attract international postgraduate students to your student housing
Andrew Cameron, Chief Executive Officer at University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association

Andrew Cameron

Chief Executive Officer
University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association

Interactive Discussion Group (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes, allowing you to pick the two topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Table One

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm The Different Financial Models of Student Accommodations
Discuss the different financial models within student residencies for PPP, PBSA and universities and what works for your business

Trevor Hamilton, Director at Nettleton Tribe

Trevor Hamilton

Nettleton Tribe

Table Two

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Do Residencies Have Enough Flexibility To Adjust To Future Demands In 10-15 Years?
Discuss how universities can create student accommodation spaces that will allow them the ability to successfully retrofit their structures for future changes

Paulin Straughan, Dean of Students at Singapore Management University

Paulin Straughan

Dean of Students
Singapore Management University

Table Three

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Considering New Partners to Grow and Develop Your Student Accommodation
The relationship with private construction and architectural companies, and even investment firms, are important to understand and consider for the future growth of Australian universities. Discuss how our current universities should know if working with third-party providers is the path for them?

Yee Jien, Senior Associate at John Wardle Architects

Yee Jien

Senior Associate
John Wardle Architects

5:40 pm - 5:50 pm Close of Day One

5:50 pm - 5:50 pm Networking Drinks