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All across the country, businesses from Wetherspoons, to offices, to supermarkets, have had to radically reconsider what daily life will look like as we all adjust to the new normal after the Coronavirus pandemic subsides.

There is little chance, it is thought, of seeing a successful vaccine before the end of the year and so with the virus now being successfully and significantly reduced around Europe after a horrific first wave, we are starting to adjust to a new reality.

Already we…

Universities prepare for post-Covid life

Universities, and education more broadly, have been one of the most disrupted industries in the country in the midst of the Coronavirus epidemic.

Schools, universities and all other places of education have been closed until further notice with students unable to complete their normal studies and courses. There have been some that managed to continue by holding classes online, but there has been nothing like normality since March.

This has raised some interesting questions and issues…

Short-term disruption, long-term growth

It’s hard to imagine in business terms an industry or sector that’s been disrupted quite as abruptly and totally as the higher education industry, given that thousands of students across Europe and the world almost instantly had their studies paused with no concrete idea of how they’d be completed.

Across the world, entire industries and businesses have had to adapt themselves and find new ways of working almost overnight. If anything, it’s been quite a good and interesting…

New student applications to skyrocket?

The past decade has seen purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) go from strength-to-strength and now, the sector has overtaken university-owned accommodation and accounts for over half of student beds in the UK. In the past ten years, investment into PBSA has proved to be extremely prosperous - in research carried out by Knight Frank last May, it was revealed that investment into PBSA reached a record high of USD $16.3 billion which surpassed the previous high of USD $15.9 billion…

PBSA is set to be the investment of choice for the 2020s

It’s no secret that the UK has become one of the most appealing destinations for students from all over the world and while this is great news for British universities, it has become increasingly difficult for them to provide accommodation for its students.

The issue has become even more apparent in the current academic year, where a staggering number of students were unable to find accommodation by the time the new term started. In 2015, the government lifted a cap on student…

UK universities continue to struggle housing their students