Coping With Covid, Impact and Response – Reflections from University Estates Departments – Webinar Catch-up

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Like most other areas of the economy COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on he the Higher Education Sector. This webinar will consist of a general introduction, followed by reflections from the three participants. The participants will address the following questions:

  • What has it meant for their universities and their Estates Depts?
  • How and when are they planning on re-opening?
  • Will this be a temporary blip or will there be a new normal?
  • How is it likely to impact on the delivery of learning and support services?
  • Will it change the way we design and plan our universities and the way they operate in the longer term?
  • What we have learnt so far – main takeaways
  • Personal reflections on how the pandemic has affected the way they work.

The monologues will last c. 10 mins each and there will then be a chance for questions from the audience together with further exploration of themes raised by the chair Julian Robinson.


  • Julian Robinson LSE Director of Estates and Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum
  • John PlumridgeDirector of Estates– Birmingham City University
  • Dr. Ghazwa Alwani-StarrPro Vice-Chancellor Strategy, Planning and Partnerships; and Director of Property and Facilities Management– University of London