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March 2014

New Dean of Students is a welcome move

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New Dean of Students is a welcome move

Student accommodation provider Portergate Property Management has welcomed the appointment of a Dean of Student’s at the University of Salford.

Portergate, which offers boutique-style accommodation at its acclaimed Riverside House property in Salford, says the move will help enhance the experience of students at the nearby campus.

The university has announced that Sam Grogan has been appointed to the newly-created role of Dean of Students. He will start in the role in May.

In a statement on its official website the university says the role was established to respond to student feedback.

And it adds the new Dean will work closely with the Students’ Union to find ways of increasing student satisfaction in an environment where they can meet their full potential.

Currently Director of Higher Education at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Sam’s focus has been teaching, learning and the student experience.

He told the website: “I’m looking forward to joining the university and working with students and staff on developments that continue to help shape the university experience as one of profound personal and professional growth for all learners.

“The links with industry and the ongoing emphasis on the real-world application of research and knowledge are part of what makes me excited to be joining Salford. I can’t wait to get started.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall, told the website: “We are delighted to welcome Sam to the University of Salford.

“Sam has a great track record in the areas we are focused on around the student experience, and we are very much looking forward to having Sam on the team.”

Anthony Jackson, chairman of Portergate, said: “We welcome this new appointment by the University of Salford. It highlights the university’s commitment to ensuring students get the absolute most out of their experience in higher education.”

He added: “Part of getting the very best out of your student time is ensuring your accommodation meets all your needs and helps make your time at university a pleasant, enjoyable and rewarding experience and that is something we at Portergate are committed to delivering.”

Riverside House apartments include a fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with high-quality appliances. En-suite bedrooms are also fully furnished and have dedicated broadband internet cheap viagra usa.

The attractive riverside location midway between the University of Salford and the heart of Manchester, the UK’s second city, is attracting enquiries from students studying in both Salford and the universities in Manchester.

It is set in its own landscaped gardens on the River Irwell and has been built to be the landmark building as the Broughton Bridge crosses the river onto Blackfriars Road.

It is walking distance from the University of Salford campus, Manchester city centre and Salford Central train station and the vibrant cafes and bars of Manchester’s Cathedral Quarter and Deansgate are also within a 15 minute walk or a short bus journey.

Security and service are paramount at Riverside House and students benefit from a day time House Manager, 24-hour concierge and on-site maintenance. For personal security, each floor and all rooms are accessed by swipe card.

Getting the facts on university applications

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Getting the facts on university applications

Manchester has played host to a major exhibition that gives potential students the chance to talk to universities, colleges and recruiters and get under the skin of what it means to apply for a higher education place.

The high-profile two day event was organised by UCAS, the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK, and took place at Manchester Central.

The Manchester Higher Education Convention is one of a series of events being held by UCAS across the UK. Each year they attract thousands of would-be students.

The convention was an ideal opportunity for Year 13 students to find out more about higher education and the process of applying.

As well as universities, colleges, gap year providers and many other organisations, UCAS offered advice on the application process.

Steve Jeffree, UCAS Chief Operating Officer said: “UCAS conventions are an ideal place for students to get a feel for what university life is about. In fact you can ask the experts about all the options out there for you after finishing school.

UCAS organises over 50 conventions around the UK each year, and they are free to attend.

The Manchester convention marks the start of a busy period for would-be students. As well as applying for courses they need to start thinking about their accommodation needs.

Salford student accommodation provider Portergate advises would-be students and parents to put together a checklist when looking.

It also pays to visit in person so you can easily ask the right questions, such as are all the bills included in the price?

Location is important. It can help keep the bills down and add to the attractiveness of an address.

Portergate’s new Riverside House, for instance, is within walking distance of the University of Salford, which is only minutes away.

It is also well-placed for all that Manchester city centre has to offer in amenities and the city’s excellent transport links.

There are also the facilities to consider. Take a look at the kitchens, and the bathroom facilities. Are they fit for purpose?

What about the extras? Is there broadband, and again is it part of the price? Are there laundry facilities onsite? What level of security is there to ensure your loved one is safe and sound?

Taking a tour and asking the students who are already living there can also help you get a feel of whether the accommodation is going to be right for your child. You’ll get honest feedback from other young people.

And, of course, it’s not just a parental decision. The new student also has to be happy that the accommodation is going to be their home for the academic year ahead. The atmosphere also has to be right.

Riverside has a boutique feel, with modern, stylish kitchens and bathrooms. Each luxury apartment includes fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with appliances. Bedrooms are also fully furnished and have broadband internet.

Putting Portergate in the picture

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Putting Portergate in the picture

Salford student accommodation provider Portergate’s new £18 million Riverside House is to feature in a new film highlighting its successful opening.

A crew from Cheshire-based Global Filmmakers has been filming at the hotel-class, purpose-built development which contains 242 luxury en-suite student rooms.

Their film will be used to promote Portergate and Riverside House, its acclaimed debut property, which is on course to be recognised as the number one location for UK and overseas students in Salford.

Once completed, the film will be launched on Portergate and Riverside House’s websites and on YouTube.

The film is part of the continued marketing of Portergate and Riverside House following its smooth launch at the start of the academic year.

It will highlight the quality Portergate brings to its developments and the facilities students have access to once they move in.

Riverside House apartments include a fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with high-quality appliances. En-suite bedrooms are also fully furnished and have dedicated broadband internet.

The attractive riverside location midway between the University of Salford and the heart of Manchester, the UK’s second city, is attracting enquiries from students studying in both Salford and the universities in Manchester.

It is set in its own landscaped gardens on the River Irwell and has been built to be the landmark building as the Broughton Bridge crosses the river onto Blackfriars Road.

It is walking distance from the University of Salford campus, Manchester city centre and Salford Central train station and the vibrant cafes and bars of Manchester’s Cathedral Quarter and Deansgate are also within a 15 minute walk or a short bus journey.

Security and service are paramount at Riverside House and students benefit from a day time House Manager, 24-hour concierge and on-site maintenance. For personal security, each floor and all rooms are accessed by swipe card.

Demand for the accommodation from UK and overseas students has been high and Portergate says the promotional video will continue to send the message out globally as part of its successful multi-media approach to marketing.

Anthony Jackson says: “The film will highlight the high standards we have set in the design and construction of Riverside House and which will be continued in our future developments.

“Those standards reflect the demands and expectations of today’s students, and in particular their parents, who expect their sons and daughters to live in hotel-class accommodation while they enjoy their higher education.”

Portergate is building an enviable reputation for developing high-class, purpose-built student accommodation with more than 500 rooms ready to open, under construction or with planning consent across the North West.

Karen Preece, managing director of Portergate, says: “Riverside House highlights our total commitment to quality in everything we do.

“The levels of service are superior to other schemes and our residents and their parents recognise that.

“As a company and management team we are very passionate about what we do and our aim is to provide quality, well-maintained accommodation that is attractive to students from the UK and overseas.”