17th May 2016, University of Westminster Marylebone Campus, 10.00 – 16.00


CHOBE’s first Policy Seminar was a great success!


The day, arranged around introductory talks and inter-active discussion sessions,  provided Heads of Department or their representatives with the opportunity to:


  • Discuss with colleagues across the Built Environment disciplines matters of strategic importance
  • Meet with representatives from stakeholder groups
  • Contribute to the formation of views for CHOBE to feed back to industry, government and other 3rd party stakeholders.

The topics for the 2016 event were:

  • Apprenticeships -how will/should they change the HE offer? (Dr Caroline Sudworth, STEM Explored, Neil Hartis, CITB)
  • Research directions: what do funders and industrywant and what are they willing to pay for? (Professor Keith Jones, Anglia Ruskin University, Rosalind Thorpe, CIOC)
  • The Challenge of ResidentialProvision: do HE Built Environment providers have a duty or opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to address the shortage? (Professor Sarah Sayce, Royal Agricultural University, Dr Tony Manzi, University of Westminster)
  • The Teaching Excellence Framework: what should /could we do to prepare for it? (Professor Nick Morton, Birmingham City University, Professor Sean Ryan, Higher Education Academy)


A full report of the day is available here:CHOBE Policy day 17.5.16-summary