Aims and Objectives

The Consortium has joint ownership of:

  • the ANUK/Unipol Code of Standards for Larger Developments for student accommodation not managed and controlled by educational establishments and
  • the ANUK/Unipol Code of Standards for Larger Residential Developments for student accommodation managed and controlled by educational establishments
    holding both the copyright and intellectual property rights of both Codes.
  • The Consortium is the contracting body for the administrative arrangements with Unipol.

The Consortium is responsible for the Terms of Reference and conduct of:

  • the Committee of Management (CoM)
  • the National Codes Audit Panel
  • the Complaints and Tribunal System.

The Consortium shall:

  • appoint a Tribunal Chair (at a remuneration to be agreed) who shall be independent of the Consortium, the CoM, the Audit Panel and the governance systems of the Consortium
  • appoint two Tribunal Vice-Chairs (one with experience of operating PBSA and one a current student or sabbatical officer)
  • appoint a Chair of the Audit Panel

The Tribunal and Audit Panel Chairs, plus the Vice Chair representing providers will be appointed for a period of three years, whilst the NUS Vice Chair will serve for the period of their time in the office at NUS. The Consortium can remove any Tribunal member, by agreement, at any time.


The Consortium consists of two representatives from each of the following organisations:

  • Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) - Linda Cobb and Ian Fletcher
  • National Union of Students (NUS) - Vacancies
  • Unipol - Paddy Jackman and Ian Robertson

The Consortium will meet, as required at the request of any Member. The quorum for meetings will be three.


Changes to the Codes, its governance structure and its operation can only occur with the consent of all Consortium members. Any dissenting member of the Consortium has the right to call a meeting of the Consortium that acts as the final arbiter of the content and operation of the Codes.

The Consortium is only able to decide change by the consent of all members. Any dissent means no change would be made. These arrangements also apply to any changes to duties, responsibilities and membership of the Consortium itself.