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How Unite Students is preparing for September

Unite Students' articles and insights that are specifically relevant to our university partners, and anyone working in a university.

Accommodation Matters S02E04: Preparing for September (Part 1)

June's episode is the first of a two-parter on preparing for September, with this instalment focusing on the incoming student cohort, to share our learnings with the sector.

Round table: Meeting the needs of 2021’s incoming students

With the particular challenges faced by the class of 2021, we wanted to delve deeper into what they need and expect from university, so in June we hosted a round table with experts spanning the Higher Education sector.
30/06/2021
Podcasts

Season 2 Episode 4 – Preparing for September (part 1)

This month we talk about the experience of the incoming 2021 university cohort

Rise in eating disorders amongst students sparks concern – 30 June 2021

Our latest survey shows a rise of students suffering with eating disorders

What we’ve learned about next year’s students

Jenny Shaw summarises what we can expect to see from those students coming to university in the autumn, based on the findings of our recent applicant survey and expert round table.

Pride Month: Celebrating LGBTQ+ employees at Unite Students

For Pride Month 2021, we speak to two of our LGBTQ+ employees about their very different experiences of coming out, what Pride means to them, and working for Unite Students.

The importance of community to an LGBTQ+ student

A student shares his experience of being an LGBTQ+ commuter student: living at home with his parents, finding acceptance from his university peers, and the importance of community and belonging.

Student voice: What students think of our climate change survey findings

We recently shared the findings of our student survey on climate change; now, we speak to students about their thoughts on the findings, and what they're doing to be more environmentally sustainable.

Students call for stronger action on climate change – 09 June 2021

Including campus bans on single-use plastics, fines for peers and annual limits on flights
15/06/2021
Updates

Survey: Students call for strong action on climate change

We surveyed 1,000 UK students to find out more about their views on the climate crisis.

Students want more action on climate change from higher education

Unite Students shares the findings of our latest student survey on climate change, which students consider to be the most urgent challenge facing society in 2021.

Becoming an anti-racist university

Making the transition to be an anti-racist organisation takes time, research, reflection, and honesty. Mhairi Taylor takes us through the University of Glasgow's journey to achieve this.

My experience of university as a Black student

Third-year Journalism student David shares, in his own words, how his university experience has been influenced by his race.

How Black students and staff can look after their mental health

Nana, an Urban Planning and Property Development student at Heriot-Watt University, shares her advice on how Black students and staff can look after their mental health.
28/05/2021
Corporate blogs

Unite Students donates computers to disadvantaged young people

Unite Students has donated 50 laptops to IntoUniversity

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.
27/05/2021
Podcasts

Season 2 Episode 3 – Race and inclusion in higher education

This month we talk race and inclusion in higher education

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.
13/05/2021
Covid-19

What next? Supporting student mental health through the summer

After a challenging year, Unite Students shares how it's helping students with their mental health on top of its usual service provision.

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.
09/05/2021
Covid-19

How our ambassadors brought students together in a pandemic

Unite Students is recognising Mental Health Awareness Week with a full week of dedicated coverage. First up, we hear from two student ambassadors about the support they've provided to fellow students during Covid.

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.
29/04/2021
Podcasts

Season 2 Episode 2 – The Future of Higher Education

This month we’ve brought together experts to discuss the future of Higher Education.
28/04/2021
Sustainability

Unite Students Signs Power Purchase Agreement with npower – 29 April 2021

Unite Students signs a deal for a fifth of its electricity to be sourced from renewable wind power.
28/04/2021
Corporate blogs

Keeping our staff and customers safe every day – 28 April 2021

On World Day for Safety and Health at Work it’s important to highlight the incredible work that our staff do behind the scenes
26/04/2021
Updates

Unite Students launches Sustainable Finance Framework – 26 April 2021

Unite Students today announces the launch of its Sustainable Finance Framework
25/04/2021
Covid-19

The stars of Unite Students during the Covid-19 pandemic

We share our recent awards finalists, who have dedicated themselves to caring for students and making sure they've been safe during Covid.

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.
20/04/2021
Covid-19

COVID-19 Update: Updated Safety and Wellbeing Measures – 21st April 2021

Unite Students shares its plans to maintain the safety of students and staff into the summer, and further steps to respond to some of the current challenges.

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.
07/04/2021
Investor

Results for the year ended 31 December 2020 – 16 March 2021