23 - 24 October, 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

9:10 am - 9:20 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

Leanne Rose-Munro - Director STEMM Precinct Program Development, The University of Melbourne

Leanne Rose-Munro

Director STEMM Precinct Program Development
The University of Melbourne

8:30 am - 9:10 am Coffee & Registration

9:20 am - 10:00 am A Heart of Glass: How UTS is Creating a Central and Major New Student Hub

Brian Moore - Delivery Manager and Executive Project Manager, University of Technology
The UTS City Campus Master Plan is a $1 billion-plus investment which envisions a vibrant and engaging education precinct that is fundamentally changing the delivery of teaching, learning and research. The UTS Central Project represents a significant component of this plan which is due for completion next year. The project will redefine the UTS campus by creating additional connections within the campus and further enhance the student experience. It will significantly support the university’s long-term strategic plan including significant growth in research while positively contributing to the urban quality of the precinct.

In this Session…

  • Developing spaces that will adapt to new methods of learning and teaching
  • Creating an open and transparent space for students and the wider community
  • Implementing a hub that contributes to the master plan’s objectives of aligning with university goals

Brian Moore

Delivery Manager and Executive Project Manager
University of Technology

10:00 am - 10:40 am How the University of Glasgow is Building a Campus That is Fit for A World Changing University Through a £1 Billion Development Project

Eleanor Magennis - Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow, UK
The University of Glasgow aims to deliver a fit for purpose estate, which is ready to support the growth and ambition of the University as it states its intention for current and future generations. Their strategy will assist in the delivery of the University’s strategic vision around the three main themes of Student Experience, Research Excellence and Internationalisation. The development of their masterplan will focus primarily on the Gilmorehill campus including the recently acquired Western Infirmary site for expansion and refurbishment.

In this Session…

  • Developing a fit for purpose campus for students, staff and academics to create the optimum environment for learning, teaching and research
  • Investing in developing new buildings and bringing historic and iconic buildings up to a standard which supports the needs of the future
  • Implementing a open and accessible campus which will enhance the city and community engagement

Eleanor Magennis

Head of Space Planning
University of Glasgow, UK

10:40 am - 11:10 am Morning Tea

As society is continually evolving, so are higher education pedagogies and the space they are in has the potential to be significant in student learning. The role of learning has become more active and such facilities must adapt to be more open, collaborative and flexible and provide a site for social change.

Panellists will Discuss…

  • Learning to break traditional approaches to learning and campuses
  • Enhancing the quality of student learning through diverse design layouts
  • Determining the best utilisation for buildings and space for development to support new requirements
  • Influencing the overall educational experience through the look and feel of a campus


Kellie Payne



Bill Parasiris

Executive Director Office of Estate and Commercial Division of Finance & Resources
Western Sydney University


Geoffrey Dennis

Director of Facilities Management
Queensland University of Technology

Tsoi Mun Heng

Vice President (Planning)
Singapore Institute of Technology

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Reimagining the Campus by the Blurring Boundaries Between Academia, Industry and Community

Marina Carroll - Senior Associate, Architectus
We’re seeing industry moving on to campus, Universities moving into the CBD and with an increasing focus on preparing students for the uncertain jobs market we’re seeing the blurring between workplace and learning environments. Facilities are being developed so that they don’t resemble traditional classrooms and aim to simulate contemporary workplaces. This creates student led spaces and encourages students to build different skill sets which will be advantageous to them in the future. Many of these ideas are captured in the multi-staged Macquarie University Project.

In this Session…

  • Creating an on-campus academic community
  • Preparing students for the future job market
  • Benefits of blurring the boundaries
  • Enticing industry onto campus

Marina Carroll

Senior Associate

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break

QUT’s Estate Master Plan seeks to harness the potential of the University’s physical estate to support the University’s key strategic objectives and to provide exceptional and meaningful experiences for students, staff, community and industry partners. At the heart of the planning process is a commitment to environmental sustainability and the creation of spaces that are connected, inspiring and reflect a sense of place.

In this session:

  • Developing contemporary learning spaces to keep up with modern learning and teaching methods
  • Ramping up research capacity to align with the university goals
  • Creating a “sticky campus” for a greater student experience and connecting campuses into the broader community

Geoffrey Dennis

Director of Facilities Management
Queensland University of Technology

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm How ANU’s New $260 million Precinct Development is Creating an Unrivalled Campus Experience

Robert Hitchcock - Director of Major Projects, The Australian National University
There is a trend of Australian university students spending less time on campus with only 66% finding it exciting to be there and suggests that they devalue campus life in favour for online content. Universities are now finding ways to keep and encourage students to come on by implementing clean and green spaces with a central hub to hang out and socialise. They are focusing on more open spaces that have an integral blend of intimate and large collaborative areas to offer rest, recovery and contemplation. ANU’s new precinct is redeveloping the heart of its campus to offer exactly that through a new centre with 7 different buildings which includes a pool, gym and a new teaching building.

In this Session…

  • Enabling students to build a relationship to the campus through design
  • Focusing on the development of central hubs or hearts to encourage interaction
  • Creating a more active campus to entice students and the community

Robert Hitchcock

Director of Major Projects
The Australian National University

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon Tea

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm RMIT’s Property Strategy delivering a vibrant campus experience for students

RMIT has a reputation for delivering innovative academic programs within stunning modern and historic buildings. This session will focus on RMIT’s commitment to providing vibrant and highly utilised campus spaces, without increasing our spatial footprint. The RMIT Melbourne campus can be considered a city within the city and requires careful planning integrating with local community stakeholders whilst maximising the efficiency of our space. This presentation will also highlight the recent Award Winning Project, New Academic Street (NAS) transforming the heart of the city campus creating new facilities that enables the delivery of better services for students.

In this Session...

  • Property Strategy that focuses on refurbishing and revitalising inefficient spaces using design to provide fit for purpose and efficient spaces, adaptive and flexible students/staff space
  • Property Strategy that considers projected student and staff growth as part of its planning to inform decision making and focuses on improving utilisation and the use of space counting technology with improved timetable scheduling to reduce wastage.
  • New Academic Street (NAS), re-purposing of aged and poorly utilised space into a unique urban experience for students, staff, visitors.

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Case Study: Balancing Occupancy, Learning Experience and Health and Safety for Maximum Results

Dominika Ohana - Head of Campus Customer Experience and Operations, Scentia
Scentia is a leading Australian education and training group with unrivaled student offerings across corporate solutions, open programs, professional development, vocational education and post-graduate higher education. Scentia operates under four brands: Australian Institute of Management, AIM Business School, Ivy College & Centre for Public Management and has campuses across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory. 
In this session…
·         Designing a flexible campus to increase occupancy rates through more versatile spaces
·         The impact of space and the campus on NPS
·         Incorporating the customer voice into the design process, and catering to the different needs of post graduate, corporate, international and student segments
·         Striking the right balance between open and quiet spaces to maximize learner outcomes
·         The impact furniture has on both the learning experience and maximum occupancy rates

Dominika Ohana

Head of Campus Customer Experience and Operations

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm How Otago Polytechnic is Facilitating the development of their Campus around new and existing buildings to create a Flexible, Dynamic and Sustainable Campus

Tracey Howell - Capital Works and Facilities Manager, Otago Polytechnic
In this rapidly developing world, institutions need to respond and adapt accordingly to stay relevant and up to date in a competitive and growing market. Aging buildings on campus are based on older development models that aren’t as open, innovative or accessible as they could be.

In this Session…

  • Addressing obsolete spaces, redeveloping buildings and facilities to support 21st Century learners
  • Incorporating Living Building Challenge Principles
  • Streamlining operations and campus facility management

Tracey Howell

Capital Works and Facilities Manager
Otago Polytechnic

5:20 pm - 5:20 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

Leanne Rose-Munro - Director STEMM Precinct Program Development, The University of Melbourne

Leanne Rose-Munro

Director STEMM Precinct Program Development
The University of Melbourne