Our Approach


Our Approach

We believe that ESG must be fully embedded within all activities for us to succeed. We have put in place a robust, transparent management framework and strategy to achieve this.

Our journey and our commitment to Stakeholders

We are committed to creating and operating a socially responsible and sustainable business which has a positive impact for all our stakeholders.

In 2022, we published our full Net Zero strategy, targeting net zero in our operations, developments, property portfolio and energy consumption by 2033. We have set out a wider target of becoming net zero in all emissions, including scope 3, by 2050 working towards a global decarbonised economy.

We commit to improving our contribution to the environment, our social obligations to our employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which we operate.

Our activities will be guided by setting ambitious and challenging goals that will guide the development of our strategy and operations for the future. For more information see our ESG strategy page.

Our Governance

We believe that we need the collaboration of all our people to successfully deliver on our ESG strategy. We have set up a robust ESG Management Framework to ensure this, which is shown in the graphic below.


The growth of full-time student numbers in ESPs locations vs 5% nationally over 5 years


The excess number of applicants who were not accepted to a UK University in 2017-18, indicating the continued demand for the UK’s quality Universities


Rental costs up 18.4% between 2012 and 2016, significantly outperforming RPI


The increase in full-time student population in the last ten years