Being a good corporate citizen is something we take seriously at Unite Students. For a start, our accommodation is based primarily in city centres and we have a duty to look after our neighbours by managing our buildings and properties in a professional and sensitive manner at all times.
But that’s just part of the story.
In addition to supporting a number of charitable causes, we encourage Unite Students staff to pursue fundraising activity – and we offer a charity match scheme for Unite Students employees in which we match up to £250 of money raised for their chosen charity.
We’re very proud of the Group’s charitable trust, the Unite Foundation, which supports widening access to higher education, integrating students into the community and employability. It provides scholarships for disadvantaged students at seven universities and volunteering opportunities for our students and employees through partner organisations.
More broadly, we work closely with Enactus an international organisation that mobilises university students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing their skills to become socially responsible business leaders.
We take equal care in nurturing our internal community, the people who work for us. Beyond offering training, development and a positive career environment, we aim to understand what’s important to them through an employee survey that has benchmarked Unite Students within the top 10% of UK companies for employee engagement.
We care for the physical environment, too. We have so far invested over £2 million in energy-efficient initiatives and are engaged in further projects to reduce energy consumption and drive behavioural change.
And, finally, we focus on developing strong relationships with local communities across all our sites. This includes working closely with emergency services, local authorities, local businesses and others to ensure that Unite Students – and the students we care for – contribute positively the local community.
Margaret is Housekeeping Supervisor in Glasgow where she looks after 660 students. She is proud of the fact that she has never had a bad word with any of them.
“I really enjoy working with the students. For a lot of them, it’s the first time they’ve been away from home and they often need a friendly face and bit of advice. I try to give them both if I can.
Housekeeping Assistant, Glasgow