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Research & insights

What’s the latest research and insight from Unite Students? Delve into our findings on students, student life and student accommodation.

A Day in the Life of… a Student Support Manager
In our feature series A Day in the Life Of…, we introduce some of our people on the front lines at Unite Students, working to make students’ accommodation experience the best it can be. This time, our interviewee is Jenny Dalzell, the Student Support Manager for Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham, who has been with us for two and a half years.
Accommodation Matters podcast: Expectations v Reality of the Admissions Cycle
Accommodation Matters, our accommodation-focused podcast for the Higher Education sector, is back for a third series. This time, we’re looking back at the 2021 admissions cycle and what it’s meant for students, universities and accommodation providers – as well as what it might mean for the future.
How Mental Health First Aid can support student wellbeing
Ensuring students get the support they need is a priority for us at Unite Students. Following World Mental Health Day (10th October), Student Support Manager Jenny Dalzell explains what Mental Health First Aid is, how it’s embedded into our support service, and how we’ve seen it work in practice.
What we’ve learned about Empty Nest Syndrome
Unite Students recently shared the stark findings of its research on Empty Nest Syndrome. But what is Empty Nest Syndrome, and why is it important for Higher Education to take notice?
Empty Nest Syndrome: How Higher Education can support parents and carers
Unite Students has today shared the findings of its research into Empty Nest Syndrome: the heightened sense of extreme grief that parents and carers may feel when their children leave home for the first time, which may be felt more strongly following an intense time spent with one another during the pandemic.
What events do students really want in their accommodation?
Social opportunities are a key part of students’ university experience and, when held in their accommodation, offer the opportunity to foster a sense of community within their building.
The Common Room: A hub of student support, information and guidance
We outline how our student-facing blog The Common Room works, what we publish, and how we distribute it – as well as a sample post by recent De Montfort University film studies graduate Sharna about her university experience.
A safe student experience in Leeds with Unite Students
Unite Students is thrilled to welcome students back into our properties in 25 cities across England, Scotland and Wales for the 2021/22 academic year. During arrivals, we spoke to our teams in Leeds – where we operate 11 properties – to find out how they’re going above and beyond to keep students safe as they adapt to living independently and making the most of their student experience.


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