“We appointed SFG based on their deep experience in the sector working for commercial developer / operators, universities and consultants.  Their commitment to keeping student experience at the heart of the transaction and understanding of key current issues such as student wellbeing and affordability resonated with all we are trying to achieve on this project at the University.”

- Richard Halsall
Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary, University of London

London, UK

Lead adviser to the University for its procurement process to select a partner for the development of c.1,000 beds under a DBFO (design, build, fund, operate) contract model.  The project is likely to come to market in 2021


Developing on University owned land at Whitechapel and Mile End, the project will deliver accommodation and ancillary space for undergraduate and postgraduate students and will provide 35% of the bed-spaces to meet the affordability criteria of the London Plan.   The target is to have some accommodation available for September 2025.


London School of Economics

London, UK

Technical and demand adviser to LSE for its procurement process to select a partner for the development of c.675 beds under a modified DBFO contract model. 


In July 2021 the project was selected as preferred bidder and financial close is targeted for Autumn 2021


The project involves working with a developer for a new building and LSE to create a structure whereby the preferred bidder can step into the lease structure and fund the development, contracting with the developer to complete the construction and then operating the asset for the duration of the project. 


University of York

York, UK

SFG introduced the opportunity to purchase a 50% stake in a joint venture with the University of York to Foresight who acquire on behalf of clients. The assets acquired (Goodricke College and Landwith College) total 1,39 beds and have been operational for around 10 years. Following on from our introduction of the opportunity, SFG was asked to coordinate the due diligence for the acquisition and we have now been appointed under a Management Services Agreement to provide an asset management role for Foresight and their clients.

Ou services include financial management, reporting and budgeting and oversight of the hard and soft FM and lifecycle services delivered by the providers along with management of the project SPVs and associated reporting and filing.


Kingston Student Living

Kingston, UK

Acted as a advisor and supported KSL in the area of student experience, with the creation of a programme and recruitment of a Residence Life Manager. Supporting this role throughout 2020 - 2021 with guidance on enhancing the programme and maintaining a positive partnerships with Kingston University. 

We are reviewing the current policy and procedures to ensure they meet ANUK and UKK codes of practice.


Optivo Students, UK

Currently performing as interim Residence Life Coordinator across all student accommodation sites in the UK. Supporting the teams in the creation, organisation and execution of their programmes. Tracking data and feedback to use and adapt the student experience accordingly. 


Jesey Limited

Mental Health App

Strategic partnership working with Jesey, an AI powered chatbot aimed at improving student wellbeing and providing PBSA operators with meaningful and thought-provoking tools to address growing operational needs.