Bayes Centre

HEDQF Fifth Annual Conference

The conference will be based in the Informatics Forum by Bennetts Associates adjacent to the newly-opened Bayes Centre, also designed by Bennetts Associates, which brings together academic staff and students working in the fields of Data Technology, Design Informatics, Maths and Robotics with start-up / spin-out companies and industrial collaborators and acts as a gateway into the university's campus at George Square.

Throughout the day we will consider why wellness is important in higher education and the role that design has to play, and wellness tools being used by universities, and in other sectors.

Programme (may be subject to change)


17th June - Bayes Building, University of Edinburgh

6pm-8pm:  Pre-conference registration and Drinks Reception – to include talks from:

  • Gary Jebb, Director of Estates at the University of Edinburgh on the masterplan and philosophy behind the Informatics and Bayes Buildings
  • Bennetts Associates, architects, on the design of the Informatics and Bayes Buildings
  • Page & Park, architects on the design of the new Student Centre at the University


18th June - Main Conference: Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

09:00 - Registration & Coffee

10:00 - Welcome and Introduction - Julian Robinson, Director of Estates LSE, and HEDQF Chair

10:05 - Keynote talk - Why wellness is important, and the role of the built environment, drawing on the Health Education and Higher Education sectors - Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive of Architecture and Design Scotland

10:25 - Keynote talk - How individuals and organisations can bring about change in the way we live, work and create the built environment - Marie Dariel, coach and consultant for Wellbeing

10:45 - Questions and discussion

11:00 - Discussion session - Client perspective ‘Different perspectives from university and other clients’

  • Helen Groves, Atkins Global (Chair)
  • Ann Allen, Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services, University of Glasgow
  • John Curry, Capital Projects Manager, SRUC Property and Estates Group
  • Henry Pelly, Max Fordham
  • William Poole-Wilson, Will & Partners and the recent BCO Wellness Guide

What are other people/sectors doing?

12:00   Focus on recent research in wellness and what others are doing, e.g. in the USA - Oliver Milton, Hawkins\Brown

12:20   The new Kantor Centre of Excellence for the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families in and the new eye care, research and educational facilities for Moorfields Hospital and the UCL Institute Ophthalmology – Ian Goodfellow, Penoyre ad Prasad

12:40   Lunch in the Informatics Forum, optional visit to McEwan Hall

Student Perspectives

13:40   Update on HEDQF research and outcomes of the 2019 HEDQF research survey results on student views of Student Life - Caroline Paradise, HEDQF Research Group Chair and Associate Director Infrastructure, Atkins

14:00   Student Panel from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) presenting recent work with discussion around the theme of ‘wellbeing’ – Professor Catharine Ward Thompson (Chair)

15:00   Tea/Coffee

Designers Perspectives

15:20   How can designers help?  An interactive discussion, chaired by Mike Entwisle, Buro Happold, with short presentations from:

  • Peter Fisher (Bennetts Associates;) - masterplanning
  • Jamie Anderson (Buro Happold) - tbc
  • Dominic Fleming (KSS) - sports
  • Alastair Brierley/Ian Pratt (Scott Brownrigg) - residences
  • Tazie Taysom (Artiq Art Consultancy) – art in the built environment

16:20   Conclusion – Where next?  What should HEDQF do?

16:30   Close


Further information and to register


HEDQF Fifth Annual Conference

The fifth Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) Annual Conference will be held at The University of Edinburgh

Bayes Centre and Informatics Forum
47 Potterrow,