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Accommodation Matters S02E03: Race and Inclusion in Higher Education

The latest episode of our Accommodation Matters podcast explores how the sector has responded to the murder of George Floyd and last year's Black Lives Matter protests.

A Day In The Life Of… a Housekeeping Team Leader

Meet Joanna Radomska, Housekeeping Team Leader for Sheffield, and find out her insights into life as a Unite Students housekeeper both before and during the pandemic.

Leading by example: Inclusive leadership in student accommodation

Frankie O'Connell explains the importance of inclusive leadership, how to achieve it, and how it benefits the wellbeing of employees and students.

Round-up: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

To highlight Unite Students' organisational commitment to mental health, we ran a week of dedicated coverage for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - summarised here.

Does student accommodation meet the needs of Black students?

Unite Students and Halpin Partnership are working on groundbreaking new research on the Black student experience - Jenny Shaw explains why.

How to support Chinese students’ mental health

Bernadette Cochonat explains the factors shaping Chinese students' attitudes towards mental health and how to effectively support them through these.

Supporting employee wellbeing at Unite Students

Victoria Simmons shares how she's worked with her team to support their mental health during the pandemic, and how a happy team benefits the students who live with us.

The future of student accommodation: Integrated, flexible, sustainable

Paul Sweeney, podcast guest and Chief Strategy Officer at Unite Students, shares just a taster of some of Unite Students’ priorities for the future.

Accommodation Matters S02E02: The Future of Higher Education

Our latest episode of our Accommodation Matters podcast considers what the future of Higher Education might look like for universities and accommodation providers alike.

The university of the future?

After a tumultuous year, it's more important than ever to consider the future of Higher Education; Alister Wilson takes us through some of the factors that might shape this future.

Net-Zero Carbon: Start with ‘Why?’

The University of Nottingham's Andy Nolan explains the move towards net-zero carbon targets in the Higher Education sector, and why it's important.

What has the pandemic taught us about achieving net zero?

James Tiernan looks at the lessons that Higher Education can take from Covid-19 in achieving net zero carbon targets.

Interview: Unite Students’ international footprint

Maria Papageorgiou, who set up our Cyprus office, shares her thoughts on the international market after 21 years working for Unite Students.

Sustainability: What students want from the Higher Education sector

Jade Monroe from SOS-UK shares what students want from the Higher Education sector on sustainability, and how that aligns with universities' plans to become more sustainable.

A Day In The Life Of… a Service and Safety Assistant

We introduce the people working to make students' accommodation experience the best it can be at Unite Students.

Unite Students: A more sustainable place to live

Unite Students has announced new sustainability commitments - read more about them here.

Accommodation Matters podcast: New series

The new season of Accommodation Matters kicks off with an episode on environmental sustainability and what it means for universities, students and accommodation providers.

All students deserve to experience the full benefits of university life

Unite Students CEO Richard Smith shares his thoughts on the importance of a full university experience for students.

Sarah Everard: Supporting students to speak up

The circumstances surrounding Sarah Everard's disappearance and death have evoked many difficult feelings. Unite Students is listening - here's what we do to support students.

Interview: How does Unite Students support Chinese students moving to the UK?

Hattie Zhao has led Unite Students' China office since 2015 - here, she shares how we help and support students along their journey.

Helping students to flourish academically while studying remotely

With students' bedrooms increasingly becoming classrooms, Unite Students pilots a webinar series to provide academic support.

Going further: Creating a joined-up approach to student mental health

On University Mental Health Day, Unite Students shares its collaborative and robust approach to student mental health.

An international student’s journey: how to study in the UK

Bernadette Cochonat shares the challenges and milestones in an international student's journey to the UK.

Building positive Town and Gown relationships

Tatjana Walker shares how universities and accommodation providers can benefit from positive town and gown relationships.

Building a remote community – what we have learned and what there is still to learn

Jenny Shaw highlights the importance of community to the student experience, and how this has been safely facilitated during the pandemic.

Time to talk: Higher Education’s mental health journey

The Higher Education sector's approach to mental health has improved rapidly in the last decade - here's how Unite Students have contributed to that effort.

Leapskills: Supporting the transition to Higher Education

Vicki Fry shares the benefits of Leapskills, a free toolkit offering young people an insight into the student experience,

Accommodation Matters: The highlights

Our New Year’s Resolutions: 7 key priorities for 2021

2020: A Unite year in review

We look back at an extraordinary year, both for the challenges posed and the lessons learned by us all at Unite Students, as well as what we’ve achieved beyond Covid.

The UK remains attractive to international students – but 2021 will be different

Professor Sir Steve Smith, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, shares his thoughts on what 2020 has meant for the UK’s standing in the international HE market, the positives to take away from the year, and what this means for the future of international recruitment.

Meeting international students’ expectations in 2021

Staying Put For Christmas

We take a look at the students staying in their accommodation over Christmas: why they stay, what we're doing, and the importance of inclusive communications.

A little help from their friends: Peer-based student support through lockdown

Time to reach out

Accommodation Matters – A Unite Students Podcast

How far should “student safety” go? – A ‘Secret Life of Students’ Blog

‘I finally feel like I’m living my life as me’: Georgina on being gay at university

Creating Community: The Role of Student Ambassadors

Phil Francis tells you all you need to know about the Unite Students student ambassador scheme and how it's adapted to Covid.

A festival from afar: My key takeaways from “The Festival of Higher Education”