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The University of Manchester has announced that they have received £3.3m funding for a ‘Creative Manchester’ scheme which looks to support the ever growing creative sector in the city.

New research shows that Manchester benefits from the fastest growing creative industry outside of the capital, with 7,475 more jobs in the sector than there were just two years ago. The ‘Creative Nation’ report by Nesta illustrates that Manchester’s creative industry is experiencing growth in…

The University of Manchester to support the city’s creative industries

By this point, the rise of student accommodation as an investment class is not exactly breaking news. Investors from around the world are buying into the sector thanks to the high rental yields, reliable tenancies and relatively low entry points.

The latest UK Student Housing Spotlight report from Savills highlights both the strength and growth of the sector. A total of 68,000 beds were traded in the UK to a total value of £4.5bn in 2016, and the report predicted that the total for…

Is private student accommodation good for universities?

In a study released in June last year, Higher Education Policy Unit and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) found that “the proportion of those who thought they had “good” or “very good” value is now at 35 per cent – the lowest level record - compared to more than 50 per cent five years ago.”

As reported by The Independent, many students had begun to feel like the service they were receiving from their universities, in terms of tutoring, study materials and career…

Is university good value for money?

Lecturers decide to strike over pensions

A row has erupted between university lecturers and their employers as they look set to strike across the country, with up to 61 universities affected, over changes to their pension scheme.

The disruption could last up to 14 days if the plans go ahead, and is in reaction to planned changes that lecturers say could cost them up to £200,000 over the course of their retirement.

There are last ditch talks taking place to try and avoid the…

Student news round up

1. Cambridge

Sitting pretty once again as the UK’s number one university according to The Guardian and number 2 according to The Times Higher Education supplement, as well as number 2 in the world according to The Times, the ancient learning cathedral continues to offer some of the best higher education in the world.

But what about supplying student accommodation in the areas surrounding the university? Whilst Cambridge and its geographical colleague Oxford often appear near the…

The UK’s best universities: A landlord’s guide