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Living Black at University: 3 resources to support change

The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University is delighted to share a series of resources to support the wider Higher Education sector in achieving race equity and creating a more welcoming university community for Black students.

Supporting international students’ mental health

International students are a substantial part of the UK's student population, but how do their mental health needs differ from those of home students?
18/05/2023
Press releases

Journey to a million: How do we accommodate a million applicants?

New insight from UCAS is highlighting the rapidly increasing pressure that is likely to faced in the student housing sector, with a projected 30% increase in higher education applicants by 2030. UCAS, in partnership with Unite Students and Knight Frank, has invited 50 key thinkers from across the UK as part of a national debate to give their view on tackling the challenges and seizing the opportunities.
18/05/2023
Corporate blogs

What does the Journey to a Million mean for student accommodation?

In this Journey to a Million essay, Unite Students and Knight Frank explore the impact that a million applicants will have on student accommodation.

Supporting Black students at university: A parents’ guide

One of the starkest findings from the Living Black at University report was the mental health challenge faced by Black students in UK student accommodation. Guest contributor Melissa Browne, Deputy Director of Commercial Services and Estates at University of Kent and Vice Chair of CUBO (College and University Business Officers), has seen the impact first-hand in her family – now, she shares her advice for parents of Black students on how to support them during their university experience.

UCAS: What is the ‘Journey To A Million’?

Following on from our latest Accommodation Matters episode ‘What does 1 million applicants mean for student accommodation?’, we now share Jenny Shaw’s full interview with Ben Jordan, Head of Policy at UCAS, about the UCAS ‘Journey To A Million’ essay series – sponsored by Unite Students and Knight Frank.

A Day in the Life of… a Student Safety Manager (Nights)

What’s it like to work nights in the Unite Students safety team? We spoke to Dave Booth, Student Safety Manager (Nights) in Durham, about what his role looks like, its importance in providing a great student experience 24/7, and how he’s been an ally to LGBTQ+ students.

Resident Ambassadors: Creating community through events

Unite Students introduced its Resident Ambassador scheme in 2016, providing valuable peer-to-peer support in our buildings as well as a work and development opportunity for the students who live with us. With recruitment underway for the next academic year, we spoke to Izzy Pemberton, a first-year student at Manchester Metropolitan University, who has been a Resident Ambassador at New Medlock House since October 2022.

What does 1 million applicants mean for student accommodation?

Ahead of the release of Unite Students’ Journey To A Million essay, co-authored with Knight Frank, a panel of sector experts looks at what a million applicants means for student accommodation - covering supply and demand, research into the student experience, and what accommodation for the next generation of students looks like.
18/04/2023
Blogs

What do Indian students need from UK student accommodation?

As predicted by the government’s 2019 international student strategy, the number of Indian students studying in the UK has grown significantly in the past few years. Bernadette Cochonat, Head of International Sales at Unite Students, shares what trends have been identified within this student population, and how that shapes their accommodation needs.
05/04/2023
Blogs

In conversation with: Helene Murphy, Group People Director

Helene became Group People Director in January 2021, with a renewed vision for the People function. Leading all aspects of the People strategy, Helene has brought her experience from international start-ups and multi-national organisations to Unite. Here, Helene shares more about Unite’s ambition to deliver a Home for Success for our employees.
05/04/2023
Blogs

In conversation with: Karan Khanna, Chief Customer Officer

Karan leads the operational and commercial functions for Unite, working with his team to enhance the student experience, deliver commercial performance and raise brand awareness. He joined the business in June 2021 from InterContinental Hotels Group, where he served as managing director for the UK and Ireland. Here, Karan explains some of the focus areas for the year.
03/04/2023
Press releases

Unite Students secures planning approval to enhance Rushford Court, Durham

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has secured planning approval to improve and extend Rushford Court in Durham – with a view to establishing it as a college of Durham University.
28/03/2023
Podcasts

How can Higher Education meet the needs of neurodivergent students?

An expert sector panel discusses Unite Students' new report on neurodivergent students' university experience and what universities and accommodation providers can do to better meet their needs.
27/03/2023
Press releases

Unite Students backs debate on access to UK higher education

New figures released from UCAS today indicate the UK could see up to 30% more higher education applicants over the remainder of the decade, intensifying competition for places and posing risks to disadvantaged students.
21/03/2023
Press releases

One in seven university students report having ADHD or being autistic, new study reveals

A major new report on student experience and neurodiversity shows more than 14 per cent of current university applicants report having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or are autistic. 

What do neurodivergent students want from university?

Unite Students has today published ‘An asset, not a problem: Meeting the needs of neurodivergent students’, a report on the experiences of students who are autistic and/or have ADHD, created in collaboration with students from Bristol University Neurodiversity Society (BUNS). Here are some top-line findings about their accommodation and university experience.

6 lessons from the Living Black at University Conference

What actions did our delegates take away from the Living Black at University Conference to create a more equitable living environment for Black students? Here are six key takeaways from the day.

A Day in the Life of… a General Manager at Unite Students

Unite Students’ Day in the Life series is back to shine a spotlight on more of our frontline employees and the fantastic work they do in our city teams. First up is Karina Croft, General Manager for Leeds North, who has been with Unite Students since 2005 and last year won the CEO Award at our internal Stars Awards – we hear about a typical day in her role, how it felt to be recognised, and the most unusual situation she’s had to deal with.

In conversation with: Richard Morris’ drive to update our Family Leave Policy

In conversation with Unite Students’ Head of Operations (Financial Planning & Analysis), Richard Morris, who drove the company's Family Leave Policy update
28/02/2023
Press releases

Results for the year ended 31 December 2022 – 28 February 2023

The Unite Group has today released their full year results for the year ended 31 December 2022 reporting on the Group's performance ahead of pre-pandemic peak and a strong outlook for 2023/24.

Student belonging – more than a buzzword?

Student belonging is the Higher Education's current hot topic - but what does it all mean for accommodation? Jenny Shaw hosts a panel of experts to weigh in on what their research and experience has shown about students feeling a sense of belonging in their accommodation, how inclusion and wellbeing intersect with that sense of belonging, and how student accommodation practitioners can facilitate a community in which students feel they belong.
16/02/2023
Corporate blogs

Cost of Living: How we’re supporting students and employees

We’re introducing a new package of measures for students, including a pilot partnership with Aldi to offer food vouchers to those most in need during the cost-of-living crisis.

Interview: Improving operations processes at Unite Students

From living in our buildings to managing them, Lettie Hubbuck has had the full Unite Students experience. Now in the role of Head of Operations Support, we spoke to her about how her time staying with us shaped her approach to operations, how her new role facilitates improvements to our operations processes, and what operations improvements are coming down the track.

How Unite Students supports trans employees at work

George Moses - Student Experience Manager for Leeds South - shares his experience of transitioning while working at Unite Students, his journey to gender affirmation, and how student accommodation professionals can support students and colleagues going through this experience.

Unite Students’ Living Black at University Report: One year on from publication

It’s been a year since Unite Students published its Living Black at University report – here, we share what we’ve done since to support greater equity for Black students within the sphere of student accommodation, how we’ve partnered with others in the sector, and what’s still to come in 2023.

Living Black at University: Call for case studies

We are inviting the submission of case studies to be included in the Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University's final report, to be published in summer 2023.
26/01/2023
Press releases

Unite Students announces two new appointments

Unite Students, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, is pleased to announce two new appointments: Asset Management Director and Group Development Director

Interview: Insights into university partnership working

Moray Notman, University Partner Commercial Director, reflects on over a decade in the sector: how he worked his way up from operations management; the importance of university partnerships; and what 2023 will bring for him and the wider student accommodation market.

‘Creating meaningful change’: A Living Black at University Conference

The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University is delighted to announce that the Living Black at University Conference will be taking place in Newcastle on Tuesday 7th March 2023. This free one-day event is open to universities, accommodation providers, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leads in the sector.

What new research is Unite Students working on in 2023?

Jenny Shaw explores what 2023 brings for Unite Students, including new research and resources to share with the Higher Education sector.
10/01/2023
Press releases

Unite Students acquires new site in Stratford, London

Unite Students, the UK's leading provider of student accommodation, has completed the acquisition of Jubilee House, in Stratford, for £73million.

Supporting students in accommodation over the winter break

As the winter university break approaches, so does the inevitable narrative of students ‘returning home for Christmas’ – but what does that mean for those who remain in accommodation over the holiday? We explore some of the reasons why students stay in their accommodation over the festive season, best practice for inclusive operations and communications, and how Unite Students is supporting students over this period.

What are student accommodation marketing’s latest trends?

Jenny Shaw hosts two experts as they share their thoughts on marketing to students, including current data trends, the impact of cost of living, and the use of social media.
13/12/2022
Press releases

Unite Students partners with youth intervention charity

Unite Students, the UK’s leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, has partnered with Streets of Growth, a leading youth intervention charity.
08/12/2022
Press releases

Unite Students wins Operator of the Year 2022 award

Unite Students, the UK’s leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, won Operator of the Year award at this year’s Property Week’s 2022 Student Accommodation Awards.

Meet our 3 regional Heads of Operations

We caught up with our three Head of Operations to find out about their journey into the student accommodation sector, how they manage operations across their patch, and their priorities for this academic year.
23/11/2022
Corporate blogs

Playhouse findings are most important in Unite Students’ history

During our development of Hayloft Point, our flagship property in the heart of the London, a Museum of London Archaeology team discovered the Boar’s Head Playhouse, the most significant find during Unite Students’ 30 years of building properties.

How can we reduce harm from student risk-taking behaviours?

What does the Higher Education sector need to know about student risk-taking behaviours, and how they can support students and reduce harm? Our expert sector panel speaks to Jenny Shaw.
04/11/2022
Press releases

Unite Students wins major award for market-leading performance

Unite Students has won a major award for its market-leading performance and student support during the last year.

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