By James Housden, Team Leader PBSA -
The 3rd Annual Student Housing Leadership Awards can be summarised in one word, fantastic.
Firstly, thank you to all the attendees, well-done to all the nominees and a big congratulations to the winners. I am so delighted to have the pleasure of working with great people that make businesses in the purpose built student accommodation sector so excellent. Secondly thank you to our independent judging panel, the competition was fierce this year with a record number of nominations in every category!
A special thank you to Student Minds, our partnered charity for the SHLA’s. We were grateful that we had the opportunity to continue raising awareness of student welfare. As mentioned every ticket contributed to a generous donation to the charity so thank you for your support.
It is a genuine pleasure to be able to celebrate with you the teams, individuals and initiatives within the sector. For the first year in the SHLA history we had joint winners for the Unsung Hero Award. Daniel King was noted for going above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions securing him the award and Rebecca McNulty showed a great work ethic, dealing with every scheme manager’s nightmare of floods at 2am but more importantly offering support for students' mental health.
A huge congratulations to GSA for winning the Student Welfare Initiative Award. Their comprehensive and well researched approach to student welfare reflected the vulnerability of young people away from home for the first time making them a clear winner for the judges. People travelled from across the UK attending the SHLA’s making the evening that little bit more amazing. Lisa Kennedy won the Site Staff Member Award not just for her Yorkshire charm but for her clear demonstration of operating her role with such balance.
Unfortunately, Simon Mansell, this year’s winner of Operational Support Member, could not make it to the awards but his team celebrated well in his place. His hard work on ISO accreditation along with successfully managing the existing buildings and mobilisations of two sites made him a stand out nominee for the judges. Team work makes the dream work so they say and with that, a huge congratulations to this year’s winner of the Site Team Award – Scape, Wembley Team. Their fantastic teamwork and well thought through ethos showed the judges the contributions to student experience that secured them this year’s title.
A huge well done to everyone once again for making this a night to remember. We look forward to receiving your applications for the 2020 Student Housing Leadership Awards opening on 1st October, 2019.
Operational Support Member of the Year
Site Team of the Year
Student Welfare Initiative of the Year
Unsung Hero of the Year
Joint Winner: Dan King (Host) - For demonstrating "he has gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions and standing out with his innovative ideas to make new students feel more comfortable."
Joint Winner: Rebecca McNulty (CRM) - For "a great work ethic dealing with floods from 2am, and offering support for students' mental health - hugely important for those away from home for the first time."
Site Staff Member of the Year
Posted Thursday 31st January, 2019