University halls win Best Student Community Award

Manchester Metropolitan University has achieved the Best Student Community Award in the National Student Housing Survey results.

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The awards follow the annual survey of students in UK Higher Education, which measures satisfaction levels in all types of accommodation and attracted 33,000 student responses from more than 200 universities and colleges across the country.

As the accommodation version of the NSS, this is unlike peer-assessed awards as it is determined by survey reponses directly from students. The Best Student Community Award is for the ‘University or Private Hall Provider achieving the most positive ratings for a strong sense of community in their accommodation’. 

The award recognises the amount of work following the introduction of the Residential Life model, which was rolled out across our halls this year. This provides a network of Student Residential Life Advisors (RAs) living and working in our halls to promote social cohesion and wellbeing, supported by the Student Living management teams and staff. Manchester Met is one of only a handful of UK Universities adopting this world-leading approach.

Claire Twaites, Director of Facilities, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see that the efforts of our staff have made a difference to our students and would like to thank Karen Horner, Paula Dalziel, Corinne Boothroyd and the Accommodation Office team, plus all our Student Living staff for their outstanding work. I am also delighted to report that two of our Partnership Hall providers have been recognised with awards.”

Prodigy Living (providers of almost 1,500 of our beds) and Victoria Hall (providers of almost 400 of our beds), both achieved the International Accommodation quality mark, with Victoria Hall also achieving Best Value for Money.
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