The Best in Class Awards

The Best in Class Awards were established in 2016 in order to recognize, highlight, and promote companies and initiatives at the forefront of student and shared living, working, and learning. In a young and learning industry, we find it important to honour thought leadership and encourage the exchange of bright ideas.

The awards celebrate the organisations, initiatives, and individuals going that extra mile in making student and shared living more efficient, welcoming, and professional. The eight award categories allow all sectors of our community to be formally recognised for their innovations.

In 2019, The Best in Class Awards attracted around 80 entries. This year again, we strongly encourage everyone who is passionate about student and shared living to apply so as to celebrate your achievements together as a community. Note that your highlighted achievement should have taken place and/or completed in the year 2020 unless stated otherwise.

Jury Panel

Samuel Vetrak BONARD

Samuel Vetrak

Founder & CEO of BONARD

Samuel has over 20 years’ experience advising governments, destinations, investors, developers, and operators. Since 2007, his staff of 50 researchers and analysts operating in four offices around the world have been providing the highest level of secondary and primary in-field data, making BONARD a leading provider of independent and reliable research for alternative residential asset classes. Samuel speaks frequently and at major real estate conferences, sharing the latest insights backed by his long-term industry experience.

Lisette van Doorn ULI

Lisette van Doorn

Chief Executive of ULI Europe

Lisette van Doorn is  responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation, and portfolio structuring.

Clare Gossage The PIE

Clare Gossage

COO & Co-Founder of The PIE

Clare works across the whole business but particularly in brand, marketing, and operations, and heads up The PIE’s events division, including The PIEoneer Awards. She has worked in the international education industry since 2000 and held marketing roles at both private and public sector institutions prior to The PIE. Her positions included Head of International Marketing at the University of the Arts London and Group Marketing Manager at St Giles International. She was also a member of the English UK Enterprises Board for 6 years and has been a mentor with Lead5050.


Important Dates

21 October


Please note the application forms only have a few questions and shouldn’t take very long to fill out.

26 October


Finalists will be asked to create a 2-minute video explaining their nomination, which will be shared at the conference (for the winner) and in the 2021 digital trend report (for all finalists).

9 November


19 November


The 2-minute video of the winner will be shown on screen.