GSL Live is unlike any other student living conference - an unmissable showcase of insight, networking, innovation and best practice.

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & breakfast networking

Network with the sector’s most progressive and forward-thinking leaders in an atmosphere of shared endeavour and common purpose.

Identify potential collaborations and establish powerful new partnerships with organisations working across the full spectrum of student living provision.

John Kenny, Executive VP, Realstar | UNCLE

What is the role of real-estate in tacking the net-zero challenge globally, what are the key barriers faced, and the unique challenges an opportunities in PBSA?


Three short presentations from experts on each of the key drivers of the net-zero agenda:
– Governmental
– Financial
– Social

What regulatory changes are causing the biggest challenge and how are these expected to tighten over the coming years?
How are investors now viewing net-zero and how will this impact the valuation and operation of assets over the next decade?
Will social attitudes (particularly of students) lead or follow the legislative agenda, and how will brands need to adapt to survive?

Robbie Epsom, EMEA Head of ESG at CBRE IM
Olivia McCafferty, Associate Director, Red Brick Research

Shared Q&A

Previewing the Global Student Living Awards to be announced from 16:30


How do we market the benefits of ethical choices while avoiding greenwashing? What can we learn from big brands about the challenges and benefits of building trust? How do consumers evaluate the benefits of social cachet vs the limits of affordability?

The global Covid pandemic provided psychologists with the world’s largest real-life experiment in influencing collective behaviours. What can we learn from this experience, and from the fundamentals of modern behavioural science to help us effectively engage students in being part of the solution to achieving net-zero?

Dr Holly Wilcockson, Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University

We explore the role of technology and smart-buildings in tackling climate change, looking at a specific case study that brought IT infrastructure, smart sensors and gamification together to deliver huge energy and cost savings.

Andrew Dutton, CEO, ASK4 Group
11:15 - 11:30
Joint Q&A

Catch up with colleagues, visit our Platinum sponsors and stretch your legs in the Orangery with a freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What are the technologies making the biggest contribution to decarbonization today? Which of these will last the course and which will be superseded by future retrofits? How should we balance the embodied carbon costs of new technologies vs the operational carbon savings they can offer? How will these changes impact the residential experience?

Real estate is the single biggest contributor to global carbon emissions, but there is an alternative future. This is a future where buildings co-operate across urban environments, generating, storing, exchanging and optimising energy across cities. What does this future look like and how will it impact the way we operate and live in our buildings?

12:30 - 12:35
Joint Q&A

Our panel of experts explore the current refurbishment practices across PBSA and discuss how different stakeholders can be engaged in more long-term thinking to significantly reduce impact on the environment.

Panel discussion

Enjoy high quality and sustainable bowl food service prepared freshly on-site. A range of healthy and more indulgent food and drink options will be available.

Food by Searcys©

Real estate investors across the UK, Europe and much of the rest of the world are now measuring the performance of buildings against well-defined decarbonisation ‘pathways’. But are these evaluations sophisticated enough to identify the real risk profile of a building? Is the cost of decarbonisation being under-estimated and just how dependent are we on future technologies that don’t yet exist? With legislation and social attitudes both moving at pace, could some assets simply become ‘toxic’ – the modern equivalent of an asbestos write-off?

“Modular construction is the technology of tomorrow, and always will be.” – so goes the joke. But has it’s time finally come? Why haven’t Modern Methods of Construction been more widely adopted until now, and what has changed about our approach to risk and reuse to change this?

15:05 - 15:15
Joint Q&A

John Kenny, Executive VP, Realstar | UNCLE (Chair)
Tom Rix, Managing Director – aparto & Operations at Hines Europe
Richard Brenner, European Operations Director, Yugo

Our panel reflect on what the next stages of decarbonization of PBSA looks like, and how this will impact accommodation by 2030.
They’ll discuss learnings from the day, share their takes, and respond to your questions.

Meanwhile on the big screens, our insight partners at Red Brick Research will be picking up on the questions raised and live-polling their panel of students across the UK and Europe to bring their view into the discussion in real-time.

Panel discussion + LIVE student polling
John Kenny, Executive VP, Realstar | UNCLE
14:30 - 15:10
Implementing a carbon literacy programme

Learn why Yugo identified sustainability as a key pillar of their brand, how YugoEco was created, and the challenges overcome in rolling out their programme across a global PBSA portfolio.

Helen Strachan, Sustainability Specialist, Yugo

Learn from the experts on the key components of successful and impactful ESG strategy design and implementation. What are the key stages and how should different stakeholders be engaged to ensure the strategy won’t just sit on the shelf but will effect real change.

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & breakfast networking
09:30 - 10:20
Conference opening & keynote (main stage)
10:25 - 10:40
Market update
11:30 - 12:00
Networking break
12:00 - 12:15
Operating trends and insights

Enjoy high quality and sustainable bowl food service prepared freshly on-site. A range of healthy and more indulgent food and drink options will be available.

Food by Searcys©

14:30 - 18:00
Re-join the Main Conference and Awards
16:30 - 16:45
Finalists Showreel

Watch as we dim the lights of the main stage for this video celebration of all the 2022 Finalists, and meet our Awards host.

Collect a glass of something cold and join us for networking drinks and canapés as we announce the winners of the Global Student Living Awards for the UK and Europe.

Take the opportunity to recognise the achievements of all the awards finalists, and have your camera phones ready to share in that special moment of celebration as the Winners are announced.

Agenda subject to change.