Scotland Representative Jo Blair
City Manager- Unite Students
What do you enjoy most about working in student accommodation?
The flexibility and freedom to be creative in my daily role is the best part of my role, no two days are the same. Just when you think you have seen it all, you are surprised!
Can you provide details about a specific student accommodation project that you’ve been involved in, that you’re really proud of?
I am very proud of Causeway View in Aberdeen, it is an absolutely stunning building in Aberdeen where the historic and new builds have been merged in a truly special way. We took it on as a building which was derelict for 8 years before we got hold of it and it has been transformed into a real cracker. I would even go so far as to say it is the most beautiful Purpose Built Student Accommodation in the city.
In this building, we have also created a Study area which houses state of the art desktop computers loaded with software the students use on a daily basis, as well as the more general items needed such as staplers, printers and binders.
It was a really “different” thing to do in the accommodation sector which truly benefits the students.
What does ASRA mean to you?
ASRA means OPPORTUNITY! The opportunity to network and expand my knowledge, contact base as well as the sharing best practice over the entirety of the sector.
It's large enough where you know someone, somewhere, is doing something in the absolutely best way possible and I can learn and grow from that to deliver the best experience for my team and students, and hopefully avoid the mistakes along the way.
What is your best ASRA memory?
Brighton springs to mind, going to the Pier and the rides and ending up at a drag show where I witnessed a dance-off between ASRA members was brilliant, a night I won’t forget….. Randomly I met the drag queen’s partner in the Canary Islands a month later when I was there on holiday. It truly is a small world!
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