The Best in Class Awards 2021

Celebrating Industry Achievements

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18 November 2021
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The Best in Class Awards were established in 2016 in order to celebrate, recognize, and promote organisations and initiatives at the forefront of student and shared living, working, and learning. In a young and learning industry, we find it important to honor thought leadership and encourage the exchange of bright ideas.

This year again, we strongly encourage everyone who is passionate about student and shared living to apply to celebrate your achievements together as a community.

We will share more information with you regarding the categories, timeline, and assessment by June.

Previous Winners

2020 Best in Class Winners
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2020 Best in Class Winners
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Best City Talent Attraction

Paris, France - 15-Minute City

The 15-minute city embodies the departure from past to present-day urban planning as the pandemic and global warming has set the precedence to adopt a slower way of living. One where commuting time and carbon output is significantly reduced. Globally this concept is paving the way for planners and politicians to adapt to the new way of living in cities.

Best Campus

Imperial College London – HyFlex Classrooms

In response to this year’s disruption in teaching, Imperial College Business School (ICBS) created HyFlex classrooms with the ability to deliver high-quality teaching in a multi-modal scenario. David Lefevre, Director of the Business School’s Edtech Lab, said: “HyFlex classroom was developed as a pragmatic solution to an unfortunate situation. Recognizing that the present disruption is likely to be sustained, we wanted to give students the choice to attend their classes either on-campus or online throughout the academic year. However, it seems clear now that such flexibility is likely to be appreciated by students (and staff) in the longer term too.

Best Young Talent

Tom Starling - Greystar

Having joined the PBSA sector in 2017, Tom has managed to grow quickly, broaden his scope significantly, and positively impact Greystar’s operational efforts. He clearly showcases a strong understanding of the bigger picture and the impact his role has on it. Tom not only excels personally, as he also has a strong ambition to lead his team to success.

Best PropTech

WeWash

WeWash offers a very niche tool but its overall impact is significant as it’s a very practical solution to a long-standing problem. What was previously considered to be a supporting service can now lead operators to re-think the way they use their spaces. Instead of only thinking of laundry rooms as laundry rooms, WeWash manages to turn them into meeting places.

Best Sustainable Property

BaseCamp Lyngby

Besides it’s unique design and features, BaseCamp’s Lyngby location managed to incorporate sustainability throughout each phase of planning, construction, and operation. Their willingness to share knowledge with fellow operators is also commendable, as they stated, "When it comes to sustainability we do not see other student housing businesses as competitors. As such, we share our ideas to help achieve the common goal of more sustainable properties and communities.

Best Operator of the Year

Student Roost

With impressive COVID-19 measures in place, specifically focused on health, wellbeing, and community engagement, Student Roost more than earned this accolade. The jury also commended the financial flexibility offered to residents throughout the pandemic, truly paving the way for the increasingly popular flexible rental agreements.

Best New Shared Living Development

Greystar - OurDomain Amsterdam South East

When speaking of blended living, this property sets the standard as they impeccably incorporated placemaking into their design and operations. In doing so, they have managed to blend varying household typologies and fully embrace the local community and environment. Additionally, the jury commended the vast amenities available to the residents and surrounding community.

Best Resident Wellbeing

Nido Student

Each finalist more than proved their ambition to make resident wellbeing one of their top priorities, especially during the pandemic which hit students hard. NIDO Student rose above with their holistic approach to improving and addressing the wellbeing of their residents by creating cohesive communities through ambassador programmes and virtual events which were highly popular. Similarly, to other operators, NIDO Student also offered rental payment flexibility and financial support to their residents.

2019 Best in Class Winners
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Outstanding Public-Private Cooperation

GSA

A strong property focus with good supporting material.

Best Young Talent

Tom Martin - Student Living by Sodexo

It is clear Tom is an incredible talent, constantly looking to improve the student experience through innovation, transparency, and wellness. The nomination shows how passionate Tom is about community and ensuring his residents are part of that journey. An incredible young talent and ambassador for the blended living sector

Best Visionary Leadership

Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder

Run by students for students - fabulous concept and ability to give the target audience a real voice in how their accommodation needs are met.

Best Sustainable Property

Nido Student

Nido is showing clear signs of prioritizing sustainability on a range of levels, led by residents' feedback which is very positive.

Best Student Well-Being

The University of Sheffield

Amazing effort in this area, with impact on students clearly underlined by overwhelmingly strong feedback from students.

Best Remarkable Brand

Collegiate AC

Well constructed approach to tenant need.

Best Operator of the Year

Collegiate AC

Strong attention to detail and flexibility in its approach.

Best New Student Housing Development

The Student Hotel & BaseCamp Student

The idea of a ‘Complete Connected Community’ gives residents an opportunity to make new friends and meet new people on a daily basis.

Best City Talent Attraction

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie

Showcases a clear commitment and innovation in attracting talent.

2018 Best in Class Winners
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Outstanding University Housing Office

University of Kent

The University of Kent Accommodation Office provides an unprecedented wealth of services to its students, especially during induction. Their sophisticated online booking environment, featuring virtual tours raises the bar of The Best in Class student experience.

Outstanding Mental Wellbeing Initiative

Campus Living Villages

Outstanding involvement from students, showing great commitment towards removing stigma, and clearly showing this is nowhere near their finishing line with a commitment to the following year evidenced.

Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

Temprano Capital Partners, Marques de Pombal

At Marques de Pombal they involve and put a lot of effort in the co-creation process, with development/design teams staying in the residences. Combined with surveys and other ways of feedback, this creates a good base for a customer-oriented, sustainable design. In addition to that, they have a clear connection and promotes social solidarity between the property and the neighborhood.

Best Operator of the Year

The Student Housing Company

They offer a holistic approach to wellbeing from spiritual and mental health to physical and academic wellbeing, paired with a thoughtful and considered design mixing quiet and lively spaces. This is an excellent all-rounder-continuously looking to improve and evolve.

Best New Student Housing Development

The Student Hotel - Lavagnini, Florence

This submission showed fabulous examples of co-living, and the ability to really engage with their local community to prepare students for their future.

Best Goodwill Initiative

Kiron

Equal chances to access and succeed in higher education is paramount for inclusive cities and communities. Kiron’s mission to increase these chances for refugees, through digital solutions cannot resonate better with our mission at The Class Foundation. The learning opportunities that Kiron offers are providing bridges for refugees and asylum seekers over growing barriers, and we applaud that!

Best Co-Revolution

Talent Garden - Calabiana

Talent Garden is an outstanding example of how physical spaces revolutionize the ways in which talent is working, making, playing, and learning together. The TAG spaces accommodate a wide variety of like-minded people, being it in different phases of life. This creates a magnificent platform for inspiration.

Best City Talent Attraction

Barcelona City Council

The success and attractiveness of Barcelona is a triumph of constant urban regeneration. With an elegant talent attraction campaign, the Barcelona City Council has proven that a distributed network of innovation hubs is a great way of absorbing international talent. We especially value the focus on social engagement that the City Council offers to newcomers, rooting them better in local society.

2017 Best in Class Winners
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Outstanding University Housing Office

Manchester Metropolitan University

A superb example of a university going the extra mile to adapt its operations to meet student demands and give them as much control over selecting their accommodation and support once they arrive and start living in the residences

Outstanding Residence Life Initiative
Best Start-Up
Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

Einar Mattsson

An impressive set of details that from the very conception has the goal to make the building sustainable and raise an environmental conscience among its residents. From the direction of the ceiling to how the floor is heated, everything is thought to make sure that no energy is wasted.

Best Operator of the Year

CRM Students

This entry was particularly strong in its inclusivity and partnership to bring mental health into close focus within their own operations.

Best New Student Housing Development

Student Experience

This was a very close competition as all submissions brought in a similar level of development of student accommodation, however, Student Experience showed a very thought-through commitment to student experience which deserves recognition among their peers.

Best Goodwill Initiative

Resa

Very well evidenced by projects that will ensure students actually get access to university education by working with them from very early stages; it also shows immense commitment to diversity & inclusion, going beyond its borders to promote a fairer world.

Best Co-Revolution

Staytoo Apartments

Staytoo Apartments showed the most practical demonstration of public/private partnerships with its dovetailed planning with the university and use of space to house incoming teachers. A superb example of how to co-use housing space.

Best City Talent Attraction

City of Berlin

The application impressed the jury with its efforts around attracting talent, such as the #berlinjobs campaign and the talent-focused portal. Some really well thought through planning.

Categories

2021
Best University City Innovation

An award recognizing thought leadership in attracting, retaining, and growing international talents. We are looking for the best economic development schemes and/or city marketing programs that made a terrific impact on fostering talent from abroad and leveraged that into local innovation.

2021
Outstanding University Housing Office

An award recognizing excellent collaboration between private operators and university housing offices, particularly in regards to better providing an outstanding student experience.

2021
Outstanding Residence Life Initiative

An award recognizing residence life managers who have created initiatives that significantly increase and improve social activities, awareness for mental health, and the inclusion of peers. This award is for those who championed a project or initiative that really adds value to an unforgettable student experience.

2021
Outstanding Mental Wellbeing Initiative

An award recognizing those that have developed initiatives that significantly improve mental wellbeing among students. Nowadays anxiety around uni life, feeling homesick, depression, and social isolation are around every corner but not always openly discussed. We are looking for great examples of programs and initiatives that improved the awareness of mental health and stimulated better inclusion of peers.

2021
Best Visionary Leadership

An award recognizing the efforts in improving the living, working, and learning ecosystem through collaboration/buy-outs/association/merges between investment, development, and operations

2021
Best Student Well-Being

An award recognizing those who have developed initiatives that significantly improve mental wellbeing among students. Currently, anxiety around university life, feeling homesick, depression, and social isolation are prevalent but not always openly discussed. We are looking for great examples of programs and initiatives that improve the awareness of mental health and stimulate better inclusion of peers.

2021
Best Start-Up

An award recognizing a start-up developing a product or service that enhances student life, the future of learning, and the transition to a working career in an unprecedented way.

2021
Best Remarkable Brand

An award recognizing distinguished housing operators for students and young talent providing unique brand experience either internationally or locally to serve specific needs and wants of the target segment of students and/or young professionals.

2021
Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

An award recognizing newly developed student residences that push the boundaries of how we live. This award focuses on sector innovation, from smart ways of construction to the long-term sustainability of a building, spaces and/or facilities.

2021
Best New Student Housing Development

An award recognizing the student accommodation developments that have opened in the past year that exemplifies the ultimate space for student living. The winner of this award will be a residence that, through its design and care for details, creates the best potential for students to learn, grow, and gain lifelong memories.

2021
Best Goodwill Initiative

An award recognizing the organizations that went above and beyond to build bridges over growing barriers. Think for example about the division between age groups, the ones with or without disabilities, and discrimination in backgrounds and beliefs.

2021
Best Digital Innovation

An award recognizing the development and application of innovative digital technology that contributes to enhancing the quality of student living.

2021
Best Co-Revolution

An award recognizing organizations that push the boundary in how we think about living, working, and learning in a communal way. The winner of this award has successfully brought different communities together in a way that redefines the way we work, live, and play.

2021
Outstanding Public-Private Cooperation

An award recognizing outstanding collaboration between the public sector and private operators, particularly in regards to providing outstanding learning, working, and living experience.

2021
Best City Talent Attraction

An award recognizing thought leadership in attracting, retaining, and growing international talents. We are looking for the best economic development schemes and/or city marketing programs that made a terrific impact on fostering talent from abroad and leveraged that into local innovation.

2021
Best Campus

An award recognizing the campus (both physical and virtual) that fosters a new knowledge ecosystem.

2021
Best Young Talent

An award recognizing the shining stars within our industry. This is for those employees that went the extra mile this year despite the unforeseen obstacles. The employee candidate should be up to the age of 35 and nominated by the employer.

2021
Best PropTech

An award recognising the development and application of the innovative digital technology that contributes to enhancing the quality of shared living.

2021
Best Sustainable Property

An award recognizing innovative construction and/or sustainability projects to the (re)design, construction, operation, and community engagement of properties and urban spaces.

2021
Best Resident Wellbeing

An award recognizing those who have developed initiatives that significantly improve mental wellbeing among shared living residents. We are looking for great examples of programs and initiatives that improve the awareness of mental health and stimulate better inclusion of peers.

2021
Best New Shared Living Development

An award recognizing the new shared living development paying special attention to creating the ultimate space & place. The winner of this award will be a residence that through its design and care for details, creates the best potential for residents to learn, grow, and gain lifelong memories.

2021
Best Operator of the Year

An award recognizing the housing operators that have provided the best quality of living for their residents. This operator will have gone the extra mile in ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.

Best City Talent Attraction

An award recognizing thought leadership in attracting, retaining, and growing international talents. We are looking for the best economic development schemes and/or city marketing programs that made a terrific impact on fostering talent from abroad and leveraged that into local innovation.

Best Campus

An award recognizing the campus (both physical and virtual) that fosters a new knowledge ecosystem.

Best Young Talent

An award recognizing the shining stars within our industry. This is for those employees that went the extra mile this year despite the unforeseen obstacles. The employee candidate should be up to the age of 35 and nominated by the employer.

Best PropTech

An award recognising the development and application of the innovative digital technology that contributes to enhancing the quality of shared living.

Best Sustainable Property

An award recognizing innovative construction and/or sustainability projects to the (re)design, construction, operation, and community engagement of properties and urban spaces.

Best Operator of the Year

An award recognizing the housing operators that have provided the best quality of living for their residents. This operator will have gone the extra mile in ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.

Best New Shared Living Development

An award recognizing the new shared living development paying special attention to creating the ultimate space & place. The winner of this award will be a residence that through its design and care for details, creates the best potential for residents to learn, grow, and gain lifelong memories.

Best Resident Wellbeing

An award recognizing those who have developed initiatives that significantly improve mental wellbeing among shared living residents. We are looking for great examples of programs and initiatives that improve the awareness of mental health and stimulate better inclusion of peers.

Award Category

Best University City Innovation

What?

An award recognizing thought leadership in attracting, retaining, and growing international talents. We are looking for the best economic development schemes and/or city marketing programs that made a terrific impact on fostering talent from abroad and leveraged that into local innovation.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best Campus

What?

An award recognizing the campus (both physical and virtual) that fosters a new knowledge ecosystem.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best Young Talent

What?

An award recognizing the shining stars within our industry. This is for those employees that went the extra mile this year despite the unforeseen obstacles. The employee candidate should be up to the age of 35 and nominated by the employer.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best PropTech

What?

An award recognising the development and application of the innovative digital technology that contributes to enhancing the quality of shared living.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best Sustainable Property

What?

An award recognizing innovative construction and/or sustainability projects to the (re)design, construction, operation, and community engagement of properties and urban spaces.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best Resident Wellbeing

What?

An award recognizing those who have developed initiatives that significantly improve mental wellbeing among shared living residents. We are looking for great examples of programs and initiatives that improve the awareness of mental health and stimulate better inclusion of peers.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best New Shared Living Development

What?

An award recognizing the new shared living development paying special attention to creating the ultimate space & place. The winner of this award will be a residence that through its design and care for details, creates the best potential for residents to learn, grow, and gain lifelong memories.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor
Award Category

Best Operator of the Year

What?

An award recognizing the housing operators that have provided the best quality of living for their residents. This operator will have gone the extra mile in ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.

Who?

Application
Category Sponsor

Timeline

June
Open for Applications

We will announce the categories and will open for applications.

September
Application Closes

We will no longer be accepting applications.

October
Finalists Announced

The Class Foundation team will select the finalists per category and the rest is up to the jury panel and online voting!

October
Online Voting Opens

Similar to our 2020 awards, we will be implementing online voting so your communities can rally behind you. In the meantime the jury panel is also assessing.

October
Online Voting Closes

The Class Foundation will tally the online votes and jury assessment to identify the winners per category.

November, 18th
Winners Announced

At our annual flagship event, The Class Conference, we will be announcing the winners of The Best in Class Awards for 2021

Attend The Class Conference

Assessment Procedure

1
Finalist Selection
The finalists are chosen by The Class Foundation. Two team members assess the applications separately and then compare scores to select the finalists.
2
Jury Assessment
The finalists' applications are sent to the jury separately. The Class Foundation then tallies their scores and weighs it for 85% of the total assessment.
3
Online Voting
We will implement online voting to get our community engaged, excited, and inspired by the finalists. This weighs for 15% of the total assessment.

Jury

Clare Gossage

The PIE

Clare has worked in the international education industry since 2000 and held marketing roles at both private and public sector institutions prior to The PIE.

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