Former minister of state for universities Jo Johnson will deliver the keynote speech at next month’s Student Accommodation Conference and Awards, Property Week can reveal.

Student Accommodation logo 2020

The non-executive director of TES (formerly Times Education Supplement) is expected to talk about the challenges facing the sector in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other highlights of the jam-packed one-day event on 9 December include a panel of 10 industry chief executives discussing the sector’s response to Covid-19, and the unveiling of the findings of a sector-wide sentiment survey.

Tickets include access to the Student Accommodation Awards.

This year’s event sees the introduction of two new categories: Rising Star and International Operator of the year.