Sodexo Universities has announced two new key appointments to its student accommodation team as part of its bid to accelerate growth both in the UK and Europe.
Steve Hawkins has been appointed as the european divisional director of Student Living by Sodexo. Hawkins joined Sodexo in 2013 as account director for universities from Resource Services Group. During his time with Sodexo he has shaped the growth ambitions of Student Living by Sodexo, growing the portfolio and developing the value proposition.
Sophie Austin also joins the Student Living team as sales and marketing manager. Austin was was previously a student experience manager for Sodexo at City University, responsible for student engagement. In her new role she will manage the marketing and communications campaigns for the Student Living portfolio in the UK.
Student Living was first launched in the UK at the end of 2013 and brings together the provision of an extensive portfolio of services from marketing, bookings, lettings and finance management, student services such as pastoral care and helpdesk, through to facilities management including preventative and reactive maintenance, waste management, and commercial, catering and retail services.
Over the last three years Sodexo has steadily built its portfolio of the number of student beds it manages in the UK to almost 10,000.
Student Living by Sodexo also launched its offering into the American Universities market in September 2016. According to the US National Center for Education Statistics, in 2016, some 20.5 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities, an increase of about 5.2 million since 2000.
Globally, Sodexo partners with nearly 1,600 colleges and universities providing integrated facilities management and food services.