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Support to Stay: Supporting student mental health at scale
Student mental health support is a shared challenge across the Higher Education sector, and a holistic, collaborative approach is fundamental to addressing it. Unite Students’ new student support framework, ‘Support to Stay’, aims to join up our student support services with those of our university partners.
In conversation with: Lawrence Rojas, project manager at Campbell House, Bristol
In conversation with Unite Students' senior project manager, Lawrence Rojas. He spoke to us about his role and latest project - Campbell House – a new 431-bed property in Bristol city centre, situated on the site of a former Georgian Hospital.
A student accommodation sector that works for students
As the student accommodation sector has flourished, the need for it to be regulated in students’ interests has grown. Enter Victoria Tolmie-Loverseed, Assistant Chief Executive - Standards at student housing charity Unipol. She shares her insights on the changing accommodation landscape, what universities and accommodation providers need to know – and do – to make sure students have the best possible experience, and the challenges of overseeing codes and standards across the student accommodation sector.
‘Creating meaningful change’: A Living Black at University Conference
The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University is delighted to announce ‘Creating meaningful change’, a conference discussing how to make student accommodation a place of belonging for Black students. This one-day event will bring together universities, accommodation providers, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leads in the sector.
Unite Students completes its latest development in Bristol
Unite Students has reached practical completion on Campbell House, its latest development in Bristol. Situated in the heart of the city, on the site of a former Georgian hospital, Unite Students latest development is named after one of the Bristol’s first Black ward sisters, Princess Campbell. The property spans six storeys and will provide beds for 431 students. It covers 109,000 sq ft, with investment totalling £45million.
Unite Students’ new flagship development in London reaches practical completion
Unite Students has reached practical completion on its new flagship development in London. Hayloft Point, located in the heart of central London in Aldgate, spans 24-storeys and will provide beds for 920 students. It covers 29,000 sq metres in total and had development costs of £190m.
Interview: Scotland’s changing student accommodation sector
In her 18 years in the Higher Education sector, Jo Blair has worked her way up to become one of Scotland’s foremost purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) experts. As she moves into a new role as Head of Quality and Standards at Unite Students, we caught up with her about her new role, her experiences working with the Scottish government, and what the future holds for the Scottish PBSA market.
What do we know about the UK’s postgraduate students?
The UK’s postgraduate population exploded during the pandemic – but who are they, and what are some of the policy pressures around this demographic? This blog has been kindly contributed by Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer of London Higher – the representative body for over 40 universities and higher education colleges in London.
In Conversation with… Dr Alexis Brown
The latest episode of our In Conversation mini-series stars Dr Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute. She shares her thoughts on what the Higher Education sector's current challenges are, part-time and lifelong learning opportunities, and student wellbeing, as well as her own experiences of studying in the US and the UK.
Living Black at University: Meet the Commissioners
The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University launched in April to effect sector-wide change in improving Black students’ accommodation experience. Representing sector bodies, charities and universities who are already running projects to improve the Black student experience, here are the Commissioners making this work happen.
Widening access to Higher Education through student accommodation
Since inception, the Unite Foundation has supported more than 500 estranged and care leaver students to access Higher Education, and has this year announced an expanded cohort of 100 scholarship students. This is the story of our role in making the Unite Foundation’s amazing work possible.
‘In Conversation’: A new Higher Education podcast mini-series
This summer, Unite Students is launching ‘In Conversation’: a podcast mini-series, showcasing in-depth discussions with 3 Higher Education sector experts about their experiences, sector insights, and what they anticipate for the future. Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director and series host, shares more.
Belonging: How we’re creating room for everyone at Unite Students
A sense of belonging is essential to a positive working and living experience, underpinned by factors including equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and wellbeing. As such, Unite Students is shifting away from the phrase ‘EDI’ and towards new language which more precisely captures the holistic nature of inclusion.
Unite Students named Student Accommodation Operator of the Year
Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has been named Student Accommodation Operator of the Year at leading property sector awards, RESI. It was singled out for the way it supported students in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its student rent support provided since the outbreak of the pandemic totalled in excess of £100 million.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Being there for estranged LGBTQ+ students
Family estrangement is sadly all too common for LGBTQ+ students. For Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, Fiona Ellison - Director of the Unite Foundation - shares what the Foundation is doing to support estranged and care experienced LGBTQ+ students, and what Higher Education institutions can do to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Benefits of purpose-built student accommodation – creating value for local communities
Growth in student numbers in the UK shows no sign of abating. Students need homes, and many live in Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs), putting pressure on local housing. With HMOs in London containing an average of 2.5 people, a new 1,000-bed student accommodation scheme would potentially free up 400 homes. This is the scale of the problem that purpose-built student accommodation providers could solve.
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