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Meet some of our inspirational speakers

Brian Welsh

Chief Executive Officer @ Nido Student

Leading the Nido Student team, innovating PBSA with institutional-grade services, our extensive network and ethical approach.

Bobbi Hartshorne

Head of External Relations and Student Wellbeing @ GSA

Bobbi directs GSA’s pioneering student wellbeing strategy across its global portfolio.

James Murray

Product Marketing Manager @ Microsoft

Passionate product marketer and evangelist with ten years’ experience working with disruptive tech, search and big data.

Wes Streeting

Member of Parliament

Wes Streeting is the MP for Ilford North. Prior to his election, he was National President of the National Union of Students.

Justin Travlos

Head of UK / Nordics and Global Head of Sustainability @ AXA IM

Justin Travlos is currently Country Head, UK and Global Head of Sustainability at AXA IM – Real Assets.

Ben Cooke

Research Director @ Red Brick Research

Ben has led the development of the research team at Red Brick and has worked across the HE, Charity and Health sectors.

Dr Michele W Milner

Director of Learning and Wellbeing @ The Royal Veterinary College

Extensive experience in the HE sector. Now leading a joined-up wellbeing approach at RVC.

TIM DAPLYN

Managing Director @ Red Brick Research

Agency founder and respected international expert on student recruitment, experience, lifestyle and wellbeing.

Testimonials

what people say

The conference has been amazing, it has been a really good day and a fantastic opportunity to network. And all of the speakers have been brilliant.
ANDREA PROCTORStudent Health and Wellbeing Manager @ Ulster University
I’ve now got a list of about 6 things I need to do and I didn’t have that list when I came here this morning… It’s been one of the best quality conferences that I have been to in a long while!
JAKI BOOTHChief Executive @ Sheffield Students Union
Really useful. It’s great to be able to come away with an idea and think, yes, I can do that straight away.
TOM WRIGHTDirector of Digital Student Life @ University of Lincoln
The day was absolutely brilliant, exceptionally good quality speakers and sessions.
BOBBI HARTSHORNEExternal Relations & Student Wellbeing @ GSA
I thought the content was great… Bringing all that best-practice together was absolutely fantastic!
PAUL WATSONOperations & Sales Director @ Liberty Living

Agenda

With a main stage plus 3 zones of content, workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Check our multi-ticket discounts and bring some colleagues to get the most from the day.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
London Lifestyle Tour

Step aboard a classic Routemaster London bus for a tour of the city’s most iconic student venues, facilities and cutting-edge accommodation. Complete with afternoon tea served on-board. You’re free to spend the evening exploring the city or catching a show in the world-famous West End.

* Limited places available *
* International delegates prioritised *

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Keynote: Student Life in 2030

How major shifts in childhood experience, political upheaval, social and technological change will radically alter the nature of student life and what students expect from their educators, their homes, from their representatives and from the brands they choose to align with.

Prospective students (16 – 17 yr olds) talk about their hopes and fears about transition to university life, what motivates them and what they will expect from their experience.

It’s often said that young people have more in common with their peers around the world than with their own parents. But are we moving toward a more homogeneous culture or do we actually have many more tribes to worry about and cater for? How can we successfully and cost-effectively deliver services that meets their needs?

Whether it’s over-estimating the influence of parents, being taken in by Instagram stars with fake followings or misunderstanding how peer-to-peer influence works, there are plenty of ways for marketers and campaigners to waste their time and money. So who are the Real Influencers, how do we engage with them, and is it really worth it?

A panel of students and experts debate key issues raised across the day’s sessions while thousands of students from GSL’s online research panel join in on the big screen by responding to our polling in real-time throughout the debate.

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Zone Agenda

The Housing & Community Zone will explore topics ranging from accommodation design, future-proofing and environmental impact through to new modes of living, res life and the impact of emerging models of community on academic and wellbeing outcomes for students.
• Res life – what really works and why
• Impact of accommodation on mental health and wellbeing
• Co-living hype – new reality or hot air
• From the bottom up: Designing a perfect community space.
• Case Study
• Community collaboration and the local economy
• Food poverty – causes and solutions
• Prospective student needs and demands – evolving trends
• Impact of technology on sense of place and interpretations of isolation and loneliness
• Global living – challenges and opportunities in bringing international students together to live

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Zone Agenda

The Lifestyle Zone will explore how student lifestyles are evolving in response to academic pressures, changing living environments, technology and social upheaval. Understanding what student lifestyle looks like now and in the future is essential to developing successful products, services and campaigns.
• Students’ changing relationship with social media
• Abstinence vs Indulgence – how Gen-Z has fun
• Case Study: A leading brand shares new research on the student market
• Delivering value through experiences
• Walking the walk – converting sentiment into action on the environment
• Veganism on the march – culture wars at the intersection of health, wellbeing, environmentalism and politics.
• Lifestyle by association – what students’ best loved leisure brands tell us about their hope, ambitions and anxieties
• Global trends in leisure that are set to disrupt the student market

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Zone Agenda

The Technology & Engagement Zone will explore how the nature of student engagement is changing, the key channels and messages that drive engagement, what we can learn from the brands that are succeeding (and failing), and how technology is moving the goalposts.
• The future of EdTech – winners and losers from a decade of experimentation
• A student marketing toolkit: Connecting and building lasting relationships with students
• Case study
• Marketing to students in growth markets
• The automation arms race – will students be winners or losers from the global acceleration of AI in the workplace?
• Going global – just how different are young people around the world, and what does it take to deliver effective international campaigns?
• Future U – As more and more student bars close, is the future of the students’ union a virtual one? Are there lessons to learn from the high street?

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dreaming Spires

Leave the London bustle behind for a student’s-eye tour of Oxford where ancient colleges and cutting-edge teaching facilities create a unique student living experience. Take to the water for a traditional punt on the river Isis and a unique perspective on the city. Finish the trip with a classic British picnic on the lawns before returning to London.

* Limited places available *
* International delegates prioritised *

Agenda subject to change.

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Kaplan

TigerLime

Prime Student Living

Wilmore Iles

Derwent Students

Nido Collection

Fresh Property Group

Lee Abbey

Amro Partners

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