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New appointment: Unite Students appoints new operations director

4 November 2021

  • New appointment: Paul Watson has joined Unite Students from IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group plc)

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, is pleased to announce that Paul Watson has joined the business as Director of Central Operations.

Paul (pictured) joins from his role as Director of Operations at IHG. In total, he has over 16 years of operational experience, having previously spent periods at Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Malmaison Hotels, amongst others.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Watson, said:

“I’m delighted to have joined Unite Students and what is already an incredibly strong operations team, at an exciting time for the business. I look forward to continuing to drive excellence while ensuring the best possible experience for all our customers.”

Karan Khanna, Unite Students’ Chief Customer Officer, said:

“Paul brings a wealth of experience in the operations space and will be an asset as we continue to drive enhancements across the business.”

For further information, please contact

Unite Students Press Office                                                            Tel: +44 117 450 6300

About Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation, serving the country’s world-leading Higher Education sector. We provide homes to 73,000 students across 180 properties in 27 leading University towns and cities. We currently partner with over 60 Universities across the UK.

Our people are driven by a common purpose: to provide a ‘Home for Success’ for the students who live with us. Unite Students’ accommodation is safe and secure, high quality and affordable. Students live predominantly in en-suite study bedrooms, with rents covering all bills, insurance, 24-hour security and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Founded in 1991 in Bristol, Unite Group is an award-winning Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 250 Index.

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