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Research, insight & updates

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

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.

COVID-19 Update: Rent Discount – 3rd February 2021

Find out more about Unite Students' February rent discount extension and student eligibility here.

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,

How are Unite Students keeping students safe during lockdown?

We share Unite Students' refreshed safety measures in light of how COVID-19 has developed over the academic year.
25/01/2021
Covid-19

Students’ lockdown life: their experiences of living with Unite Students

Students talk about spending lockdown in their Unite Students accommodation, and the ups and downs of student life in a pandemic.

Accommodation Matters: The highlights

14/01/2021
Podcasts

Episode 5 – The Story So Far

the fifth episode of Accommodation Matters is available to listen to now

COVID-19 Update: Rent Discount – 11th January 2021

Unite Students is announcing a rent discount for eligible students from 18 January onwards - find out more here.
21/12/2020
Updates

Creating a responsible and resilient business – December 2020

A commitment to “doing what’s right” is part of who we are at Unite Students...

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.
18/12/2020
Corporate blogs

Unite Students supports youth homeless prevention in Bristol

Unite Students supports youth homeless prevention in Bristol

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

Bernadette Cochonat, Senior International Sales Manager, outlines some of the challenges for international students over the coming year.
10/12/2020
Podcasts

Episode 4 – international students

The fourth episode of Accommodation Matters is available to listen to now

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 safe place during the storm

David Marr summarises how Unite Students is keeping students safe, informed and connected during Covid.

Prioritising students’ mental health and wellbeing during COVID

UWE Bristol's Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve West, considers the student mental health implications of Covid.
19/11/2020
Podcasts

Episode 3 – student mental health and wellbeing

The third episode of Accommodation Matters is available to listen to now
12/11/2020
Research

93% of students intend to stay on at university, despite Covid-19 challenges

93% of students intend to stay on at university, despite Covid-19 challenges
12/11/2020
Updates

Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Student Survey November 2020

New research reveals students intend to continue their university courses in January

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

In this post, we look at the findings that show the benefits of peer-to-peer support – something we’re already making the most of here at Unite Students.

Never be lonely: Keeping students connected during COVID

As part of our Unite Against Loneliness campaign, Unite Students looks at how student accommodation can facilitate safe socialisation amid COVID-19.
20/10/2020
Corporate blogs

Unite Students donates £40,000 to UK charities

Unite has donated a total of £40,000 to three UK charities on behalf of its employees
15/10/2020
Podcasts

Episode 2 – the transition into university life

The second episode of Accommodation Matters is available to listen to now
15/10/2020
Podcasts

Episode 1 – the return to campus

New podcast launches for anyone associated with student accommodation
08/10/2020
Updates

COVID-19 Assured

Unite Students receives certificate of COVID-19 Assurance from British Safety Council

Time to reach out

25/09/2020
Corporate blogs

White Rose View, Leeds – completed on schedule during Covid lockdown

Unite Students completes 976-bed home for students to schedule during lockdown
25/09/2020
Corporate blogs

Bristol Pride thanks Unite Students

Daryn Carter, Chief Operating Officer of Bristol Pride, thanks Unite for support

Accommodation Matters – A Unite Students Podcast

Unite Students is pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, Accommodation Matters. Student accommodation has always been a driving force behind the student experience, as the foundation of friendships, life skills and independence - so Accommodation Matters will shine a light on the light on accommodation's importance, and the issues that really matter.
17/09/2020
Podcasts

Accommodation Matters Podcast

New podcast launches for anyone associated with student accommodation

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

08/09/2020
Corporate blogs

Unite Students is headline sponsor of Bristol Pride for 4th year

Celebrating Pride in 2020 - including virtual events available to everyone
07/09/2020
Corporate blogs

Welcoming Students in 2020

How we are safely welcoming students to their new homes for the 2020/21 academic year

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

'Room for everyone' is one of Unite Students' values. In the following article - originally posted on our Common Room platform - one of our residents, Georgina, tells the story of her journey to finally living her life as herself at university.
21/08/2020
Corporate blogs

Unite signs up to CyclingWorks Bristol

Unite strives to ensure a positive impact on local communities across the UK

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.

There is no grief like the grief that doesn’t speak

Jenny Dalzell shares her thoughts on supporting bereaved students and her own personal experiences of grief.

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Unite Students Net Zero Pathway

At Unite Students we are committed to doing the right thing, which is why our new Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2021, includes a commitment to become net zero carbon across our operations and developments by 2030.

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