New Group Chairman announces UK Foundation that aims to support students to complete their studies at university

April 16, 2018
United Kingdom

We have launched a new Foundation, aiming to increase student retention.

The Campus Living Villages Foundation has been launched in the UK by our new Group Chairman, Susan Oliver.

The Foundation is dedicated to working alongside universities and partners to support students who have difficulty continuing their studies for non-academic reasons.

Susan took up her new role in March 2018 and is passionate about a range of not-for-profit causes, including her integral part in helping create The Big Issue in Australia.

Based in Australia, she has previously been involved in the governance of a range of global companies including IFM Investors, Coffey International and Transurban Group, and has held senior management roles in the public sector including leading the Commission for the Future of the Australian Government.

In one of her first actions as Group Chairman, Susan has visited MediaCity, in Salford, and launched the Foundation.

Nicky Sampson (Chair of the Campus Living Villages Foundation) with Susan Oliver (Group Chairman) launching the Campus Living Villages Foundation.

Independently run by trustees, it has a vision of creating a society in which every student has the choice to stay in higher education.

Susan said: “It is a privilege to be appointed to the role of Group Chairman at such an important time for Campus Living Villages.

“In the UK alone we provide homes for 12,500 students, as well as offering accommodation to students in Australia, New Zealand and the US. I’m looking forward to leading the business on a global level and working with our university partners around the world to continue to deliver a great environment for our residents, both now and in the future.

“We know that university life can be a difficult time for some students, for a whole host of reasons, and we’re proud to be able to support them in responding to some of the challenges they face and ensuring they have a positive university experience.”

Nicky Sampson, Chair of the Campus Living Villages Foundation, added: “We hope our new Foundation can make a difference to the lives of students who are encountering difficulties during their time at university and that we can address the non-academic reasons that are causing those issues.

“We want to make sure students feel included, improve student mental health, and increase the financial wellbeing of students.”

In the Foundation’s first year of operation. It we will be prioritising mental health, young adult carers and social exclusion.

It will provide rental bursaries for students living in private student accommodation, particularly those who are a Young Adult Carer, a care leaver, estranged from their family, or struggling to make the transition into university life due to pressing personal or social circumstances.

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