The Design & Management of Learning Environments Conference

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Wednesday 28 June 2017, 10:00 – 16:30, + drinks social
Kings Place, London, N1 9AG


Mike Clark CropWe’re delighted to welcome Mike Clark, Director of Estate + Facilities Management at the University of Brighton and Chair of the AUDE executive committee as our chair and moderator for the morning sessions.


Nicholas Burwell

Nicholas Burwell is the founding director of Burwell Deakins Architects, a London-based practice specialising in Higher Education design.

In the past, BDA have completed projects for Plymouth University, QUB Belfast, Loughborough University, Falmouth University, UCL and the University of Exeter, and were recently appointed to educational frameworks at Kingston University and are working Leeds University on further developments in lecture theatre design.


Olivia Fox is a Senior Educational Technologist at City, University of London. Olivia leads the Blended Learning theme at City. Our team works with academics and professional staff providing expert advice and guidance in integrating online elements with face-to-face teaching.

We also advise on the implementation and upgrade of our online systems. This includes usability testing and gathering user feedback to inform recommendations on new features and developments in our Online Learning Environment, Moodle.


Morris Pamplin has worked in educational technology at City for seven years, having previously worked as a study skills tutor in further education and in widening participation and outreach. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Association for Learning Technology. For the last three years he has also been the Branch Secretary of the University and College Union at City.

Kerstin Sailer

Kerstin Sailer is Reader in Social and Spatial Networks at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, and Director of Research and Innovation at Spacelab. She is fascinated by the impact of spatial design on people and social behaviours inside a range of buildings such as offices, laboratories, hospitals and schools.

An architect by training, her research interests combine complex buildings, workplace environments and space usage with social networks, organisational theory and organisational behaviour. At the Bartlett she leads the module ‘Buildings, Organisations, Networks’ in the MSc ‘Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities’. Kerstin has won several awards and scholarships for her research and has been invited to present her work at a variety of national and international conferences and events. She runs the blog and comments as @kerstinsailer on Twitter.

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Niamh Godley is the Ways of Working Project Manager on the Bush House programme with responsibility for supporting staff and students into the new working practices, for example shared offices for many staff. She has extensive experience of working in Higher Education, having experience of HE in Ireland, Australia, USA and the UK. Along with her understanding of Higher Education, including the external change factors affecting UK Higher Education, Niamh is a trained Business Psychologist with broad research interests, but is keenly interested change and student and staff satisfaction. She also an undergraduate degree from University College Cork, masters from Trinity College Dublin, a postgraduate certificate from University College Dublin and is a Prosci change management practitioner. She is also a member of the Association for Business Psychology.

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Holly Sorce is the Head of Change Management for Strand and Bush House at King’s College London. She has over 15 years experience working within HE in a variety of project and programme management roles in transformation change. Projects have included relocations, IT and HR systems changes, large restructures  and cost reduction exercises. She has significant HE experience having progressed from an elected officer at Kingston University student’s union to working within central directorates and Vice Chancellors Office functions. Holly has been at King’s College for 18 months where she is responsible for the change management and ways of working projects delivering successful change for the 650 staff and 7000 students impacted by the move to Bush House. She is qualified in Prince2, MSP, MOP and is a both an APMG and a Prosci change management practitioner. She also has a Foundation Degree from the University of Bedfordshire and an undergraduate degree from Kingston University.

Peter Heaslip

Peter Heaslip is an architect and has been the Buildings Officer in the Dublin Institute of Technology since 1995. He was seconded to the Campus Planning Office in 2010. Peter has dealt with all aspects of the project since its inception dealing especially with the fit out for the initial occupation of the Campus in 2014. He is now the Planning Office’s lead co-ordinator for the design of the Academic Hub which is programmed to be submitted to Dublin City Council for planning permission in the Autumn of this year.


Matt Tarling is a Director of Stride Treglown and leads the dedicated education team where he has extensive experience of school and university projects. During the last nine years Matt has worked very closely with a number of different HE institutions on a wide variety of buildings nationally and internationally.


James Rutherford col

James Rutherford‘s key skills are in the design and development of new learning environments, together with over twenty years of managerial and technical experience in higher education technical support for learning and teaching.

In 2013 James was awarded a Masters in Advanced Educational Practice at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he investigated the impact of physical space design on learning and teaching.

As a learning spaces specialist, James’ goal is to utilise his expertise and skills to design and develop new spaces in order to improve the student learning experience in a higher education environment.

Socila Media ImageMartin Anderson is a Senior Regional Manager for Connection. After leaving Glasgow University, Martin’s path took him into Retail Management before a chance meeting saw him enter the world of Commercial Furniture. For more than 30 years now he has been involved in this area for leading UK and International manufacturers such as Steelcase, Kimball and Gordon Russell. Currently in his 10th year with Connection and with an active client account list here and overseas, he shares the knowledge and experience he has gained in designing effective learning environments with the aim of stimulating thinking and debate.  His day job sees him engaged in training and mentoring the current team at Connection while presenting and developing relevant CPD presentations.

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