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We’re offering recognition across 24 categories to honour and celebrate the achievements of the student accommodation sector.

Take this moment to showcase either your own or someone else’s dedication and outstanding achievements. Download the top tips for entering here.

Submit one or more entries and join our esteemed community of achievers!

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENSION: 12 JULY*


T&Cs: Entries received after the deadline will incur a late fee of £195 per entry

Affordable/HMO Accommodation of the Year

*NEW CATEGORY*

This category is dedicated to recognising outstanding efforts in providing high-quality, affordable housing options for students. It focuses on projects that balance cost, comfort, and convenience, including HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation), co-living spaces, and budget-friendly campus accommodations. Entries are open to private landlords, housing associations, universities, and any organisation involved in providing affordable student housing.

This category is now closed

Accommodations must have been operational, or undergone significant renovations, between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Affordability without compromising on quality
  • Innovation in cost-saving measures for students
  • Accessibility and inclusivity
  • Positive feedback and satisfaction from student tenants
  • Contribution to the local community and economy

Agency Team of the Year

Outstanding agency teams possess an in-depth expertise and ability in all areas of student accommodation to ensure that clients receive the best possible advice, support, and guidance. The award is open student accommodation agency teams that offer professional serves to developers, investors, operators and/or universities. Depending on your structure, you may connect universities, owners, and operators, landowners, PBSA developers, and investors to help them maximise opportunities in the student accommodation space. Crucially, you will make a real difference to your clients’ business and have a strong track record to prove it.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Why the past 12 months was a strong year for the team – perhaps against the odds
  • Demonstrable evidence of a range of professional work you do, such as market valuations, development appraisals and benchmarking, portfolio strategy, operator selection and related
  • Track record of successful transactions over the last 12 months
  • An outline of specialist areas you have developed - these could be anything from feasibility studies to advice on functional suitability, learning environments, and space planning
  • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonials, case studies or media coverage
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Climate Crisis Initiative - Student Property

Over the past few years, climate change has rocketed to the top of the agenda, fuelled by the UK government’s target to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 – one of the most ambitious carbon targets in the world.

We want to celebrate the ground-breaking work the student property sector is doing to tackle the climate crisis and improve the sector’s environmental credentials.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

This award is aimed at organisations and individuals working in the student property sector that have implemented, completed or committed to a transformative ESG or climate-focused scheme, strategy or initiative in the past year.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • The scheme, initiative or strategy is ESG or climate focused
  • Why it is transformative/innovative/disruptive
  • Scale and ambition
  • Commitment to net zero carbon
  • Top ratings in known accreditation schemes such as BREEAM or the WELL Building Standard
  • Tangible and meaningful action
  • Demonstrable and measurable impact
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Collaboration Award

This award recognises the growing importance of collaboration between the private sector - developers, operators and/or investors – and universities. We are seeking outstanding partnership and collaboration projects between the two sides, from DBFOs and investment deals, development of new schemes and campus refurbishment projects, to any innovative collaboration that has resulted in a better student housing offer.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Genuine collaboration between the private and university sectors over the past two years 
  • Creativity and vision in aligning interests and creating end-results that work for each party
  • Positive outcomes of collaboration - such as strong financial results, significantly improved quality of accommodation/number of beds, excellent student feedback, etc.
  • Demonstrable evidence of positive impact on student life
  • A robust business model and financial forecasts
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Deal of the Year

*NEW CATEGORY*

This award celebrates the most significant, innovative, or impactful deal in the student accommodation sector over the past year. This could include mergers, acquisitions, new partnerships, or financial arrangements that have had a transformative effect on the market. Entries can be submitted by any of the involved parties, including investment firms, property developers, universities, or legal teams that have facilitated the deal.

This category is now closed

Deals must have been finalized between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Financial size and strategic importance of the deal
  • Impact on the student accommodation sector
  • Innovation in financing or deal structure
  • Future growth prospects and potential for replication
  • Positive outcomes for students and communities

Developer of the Year – Student Property

Are you the standout student accommodation developer of the past year? Have you developed landmark schemes, pulled off ground-breaking deals, embarked on innovative joint ventures or pioneered new ideas that have changed the face of property development in the UK? Have you moved the dial in terms of the ESG or social impact agendas? Have you raised the bar architecturally or developed a scheme that has helped regenerate an area? Then we want to hear from you.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the student property sector. If you are primarily in the commercial real estate or residential accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the Property Awards or RESI Awards.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Best-in-class achievements or initiatives
  • Strong strategic vision
  • Solid financial performance – perhaps against the odds
  • Development activity – perhaps against the odds
  • Innovation
  • Tangible and measurable results
  • New strategies, business development or staff/training initiatives
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Health & Wellbeing Initiative - Student Property

The health and wellbeing award aims to celebrate the organisation or individual that has done the most in the past year to support the health and wellbeing of staff, occupiers, or the local community. We are looking for an exemplary initiative, scheme or project that has raised the bar in terms of health and wellbeing. Has your building achieved a WELL certification and/or best-in-class environmental accreditation standard rating (e.g. BREEAM, LEED, SKA)? Have you done something ground-breaking to support the health and wellbeing of your staff or student occupiers? Perhaps you have prioritised health and wellbeing features in a new scheme. Have you worked collaboratively on a community-focused project aimed at enhancing campus health and wellbeing, as well as the wider community?

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the student property sector. If you are primarily in the commercial real estate or residential accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the Property Awards or RESI Awards.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Details of the building, project or initiative and how health and wellbeing was considered throughout its development lifecycle
  • Why you think your achievement is so ground-breaking or innovative
  • Collaboration
  • Effective communication to and education of staff/occupiers/community
  • A demonstrable and measurable positive impact
  • Long-term vision
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion 
  • Positive environmental impact

Inclusion in Student Accommodation Award

*NEW CATEGORY*

This category is designed to honour outstanding achievements in fostering inclusivity within the student accommodation sector. It recognises accommodations, initiatives, or programmes that ensure all students, regardless of their background, identity, or physical abilities, have equal access to high-quality living environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to their academic and personal growth. This award celebrates those who go above and beyond to create spaces that are welcoming, diverse, and inclusive. This category is open to accommodation providers, universities, non-profits, and any other organisations involved in the student housing sector that have implemented outstanding inclusive practices.

This category is now closed

Entries must pertain to initiatives, policies, or accommodations that have been operational or significantly enhanced between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within student accommodation
  • Innovation and effectiveness of the inclusion strategies implemented
  • Positive impact on students from underrepresented or marginalised communities
  • Accessibility features and accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Efforts to promote mental health, wellbeing, and support services
  • Community and student engagement in fostering an inclusive environment
  • Sustainability of the inclusion initiatives and potential for future impact

Innovation Award

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The award is aimed at organisations or individuals that are using game-changing innovation to create an outstanding student experience. They may be technology organisations with cutting-edge solutions, architects with ground-breaking design concepts, smart energy companies, or start-ups offering truly innovative solutions to the sector’s challenges.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

Whatever your specialism, you will be challenging the status quo and taking the student accommodation sector to the next level.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of genuine innovation in the past year
  • Creativity and vision in creating a solution that addresses a specific need or significantly improves student life
  • A robust business model and financial forecast
  • Evidence of strong engagement with the student body
  • Evidence of a strong and potentially transformative impact on student life
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Interior Design of the Year

*NEW CATEGORY*

This category celebrates innovative and student-centric interior design in student accommodation. It recognises the role of design in enhancing student wellbeing, optimising space, and creating environments conducive to both study and relaxation. Eligible entries might include novel uses of space, sustainable materials, ergonomic furniture, and designs that positively impact student mental health and community engagement. Entries can be submitted by design firms, accommodation providers, or universities directly.

This category is now closed

Open to projects completed or significantly refurbished between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024. To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Originality and innovation in design
  • Positive impact on student wellbeing and satisfaction
  • Sustainability and use of eco-friendly materials
  • Efficiency in space utilisation
  • Aesthetics and functionality

Investor of the Year

A forward-thinking investor will seek student housing that is closely aligned with student needs, is strategically located and offers tangible investment returns. The award will recognise any type of investor – an investment or institutional fund, private equity firm, and other providers of finance – that has excelled in making the right financial decisions.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Invested in a new development or redevelopment project over the past 12 months
  • Made investments in a student housing scheme committed to providing the latest in facilities, design and/or technology 
  • Possesses a deep understanding of the student accommodation market
  • Shown financial innovation in student accommodation deals over the past year
  • Has a proven track record of investing in best-in-class student accommodation projects
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

International Operator of the Year

Are you an overseas operator or a UK-based operator with international reach? Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty in the way you have risen to the challenges posed ? Have you succeeded in extending your geographical reach? Is the accommodation you offer the first choice for students in that location? Then we want to hear from you. 

We are looking for an outstanding operator that has successfully moved into new geographies and adapted to the processes and challenges unique to each of them.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • The creation of student-centric environments with outstanding learning, social and recreational facilities that reflect the countries they are operating in
  • Initiatives that support student mental health and wellbeing
  • Deep understanding of the new markets the business is operating in
  • Excellent customer services, on-site assistance and support 
  • Exciting tech and social media initiatives • Brilliant engagement and communication with students
  • A range of rental options and rates
  • Innovation, vision and boldness that set you apart from the crowd
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Legal/Professional Team – Student Property

This category is aimed at law firms and specialist property consultants (or departments of larger agency firms) that provide one or more of the following: legal advice, valuation, rating, rent review and property/land and estate management. It is also open to building surveyors, firms that provide planning/development or environmental advice and practices that are strong in arbitration, claims, expert witness or legal services. It is not open to facilities management organisations or other property advisers. Have you moved the dial in the past year in the legal/professional space? Then we want to hear from you.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the student property sector. If you are primarily in the commercial real estate or residential accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the Property Awards or RESI Awards.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Why the past year was a strong year for the team – perhaps against the odds
  • The range of legal or professional work you do and how this has changed
  • Details of key instructions/commissions you have won
  • Business development or staff/training initiatives
  • Robust financial performance – perhaps against the odds
  • Strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonials
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Operator of the Year (UK only)

Modern student accommodation is light years away from the utilitarian stock of the past; today’s best operators are in tune with both cultural and technological shifts, as well as the latest build and design standards. From providing collaborative study spaces and recreational facilities to embracing the latest in digital and networked, outstanding operators offer students much more than bricks and mortar. They offer a variety of choice and exceptional value in strategic locations close to universities and learning institutions.

The category is open to any operator of student accommodation that is accredited by ANUK.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Student-centric environments with outstanding learning, social and recreational facilities
  • Excellent customer services, on-site assistance and support
  • Exciting tech and social media initiatives
  • Brilliant engagement and communication with students
  • Consistently high satisfaction ratings from students
  • Innovation, vision and boldness that set you apart from the crowd
  • A range of rental options and rates
  • Innovative initiatives that support student mental health and wellbeing
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Private Halls of Residence Award

The best private halls of residence are aligned with the demands of Gen-Z, focusing on digital and networked aspects, and learning and social cohesion, with the student experience and their wellbeing prioritised throughout. They offer a variety and choice in accommodation options and are creative and innovative in their student offering. They are highly rated by students and offer a slice of home away from home. 

The category is open to a single site, which may include more than one building, but will form part of one halls of residence. Please do not enter multiple portfolios, only single developments - both new schemes and refurbishment sites - will be accepted.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • A modern student environment, encompassing best-in-class learning and communal facilities
  • Exceptional student experience taking into consideration wellbeing, learning and social/community aspects
  • Exciting tech and social media initiatives
  • Brilliant engagement and communication with students
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Strong student support network and pastoral care
  • Consistently high satisfaction ratings from students
  • Innovation, vision and boldness that set you apart from the crowd 
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

PropTech Solution of the Year

*NEW CATEGORY*

This award recognises the most impactful technological innovation tailored for the student accommodation market. It celebrates solutions that streamline operations, enhance student living experiences, improve safety and security, or facilitate community building. Eligible solutions can range from management software to IoT devices enhancing day-to-day living. Entries are welcome from tech startups, established companies, and partnerships between tech providers and accommodation entities.

This category is now closed

Solutions must have been launched or significantly updated between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024. To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Degree of innovation and technological advancement
  • Impact on operational efficiency and cost reduction
  • Enhancement of student experience and safety
  • Scalability and integration capabilities
  • Contribution to sustainability goals

Rising Star Award

Rising Star – who is the brightest talent in the PBSA sector? Who is making a difference and forging their way to the top of successful careers or businesses in this area? Who will be the next titans of the industry? This category is open to individuals that can demonstrate they are the next generation of future leaders and are delivering innovation in the student accommodation industry.

If you have joined the sector, progressed up the career ladder or launched a new business or initiative, we want to hear from you. Whether you are in development, operations, investment, agency or part of a university team, could you be our Rising Star for 2024?

Self-nominations and entries submitted on another’s behalf are both accepted for this award.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you or someone you nominate should win this award.

To be eligible for this award, nominees must have no more than six years of experience in the industry. 

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of tangible and outstanding achievements/success over the past year
  • Evidence of an innovation/bold thinking
  • Evidence of a strong market impact
  • Details of financial performance
  • Evidence of ambition
  • Evidence of strong client focus – via testimonials preferably
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Positive environmental impact

Social Impact Initiative - Student Property

Social impact has been one of the breakthrough issues of the past few years. We want to celebrate the best social impact projects and initiatives of the past year.

We are looking for an organisation or individual that has implemented, completed or committed to a ground-breaking social impact scheme, project or initiative that has had a real and measurable positive social impact on the community.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the student property sector. If you are primarily in the commercial real estate or residential accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the Property Awards or RESI Awards.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Social impact is the primary rationale
  • The scheme/project/initiative is truly community focused
  • How it is innovative/ground-breaking
  • Scale and ambition
  • Long-term vision
  • Demonstrable and measurable impact on the community
  • Capped or zero commercial returns, or implemented at a loss
  • True community engagement
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Positive environmental impact

Supplier of the Year

This category recognises the exceptional contributions made by suppliers in the student accommodation sector. These suppliers play a vital role in providing products, services, and solutions that enhance the quality of student accommodation and contribute to the overall success and satisfaction of students.

The supplier should offer high-quality products that meet the diverse needs of student accommodation providers and students. This could include furniture, fixtures, fittings, appliances, technology solutions, or any other products directly related to enhancing the student living experience.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to products and activities launched between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

• Genuine innovation and disruption

• Strong financial performance

• The transformative impact on the PBSA sector

• How the product, service or solution has directly (and indirectly) benefited students

• Positive engagement with the sector and end-user

• The challenges faced, and overcome

• How the offering has performed against expectations

• Inclusivity, both in the design of and the implementation of the offering

• How the product, service or solution supports the ESG agenda

• What’s next? A want to continue to push further

University Team of the Year

From housing management, academic support, financial advice to pastoral care, student accommodation teams have a crucial role to play in the wellbeing of students and their university experience.

Please note that this category is open to university accommodation teams only, who are able to demonstrate exceptional levels of care and support to students on all their housing matters.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Compliance with the regulations set out in the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing
  • High levels of student satisfaction amongst students for support and care provided
  • Examples of initiatives and/or schemes that have enhanced the student experience
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Positive environmental impact

University Halls of Residence Award

The UK has a long tradition of university halls of residence, but most were built for another, pre-internet era, utilitarian in design and built, with little or no communal spaces. Many universities have undergone massive transformations, and today’s best halls of residence align with the demands of Gen-Z, focusing on digital and networked aspects, and learning and social cohesion, with the student experience and their wellbeing prioritised throughout. They offer choice in accommodation options and are creative and innovative in their student offering. They are highly rated by students and offer a slice of home away from home.

The category is open to single university halls of residence, which may include more than one building, but will form part of a single site. You can enter either a new scheme or a refurbishment site, and the entry can be submitted both by a university or a private partner that has developed the site in partnership with or on behalf of the university.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • A modern student environment, encompassing best-in-class learning and communal facilities
  • Exceptional student experience taking into consideration wellbeing, learning and social/community aspects
  • Exciting tech and social media initiatives
  • Brilliant engagement and communication with students
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Strong student support network and pastoral care
  • Consistently high satisfaction ratings from students
  • Innovation, vision and boldness that set you apart from the crowd
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the ESG agenda

Unsung Hero Award

The award will go to an outstanding individual on the frontline of delivery, whose voice may not be often heard, but whose presence makes their halls a special place. From chefs, gardeners, cleaners, concierges, receptionists and other frontline staff, this accolade is for an exceptional colleague who goes an extra mile to make your halls a better place.

Individuals nominated for this special accolade will need to work for halls of residence, either in university-run or private halls.

This category is now closed

To be eligible, entries must relate to initiatives and activities completed between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel your colleague should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • A first-hand account of why this individual is outstanding
  • Strong testimonials from a range of sources – students, colleagues, etc.
  • The impact the entrant has had on their halls of residence and it’s students
  • Examples of how they have gone above and beyond
  • Demonstrate how they have extended beyond their role
  • How the students have benefited from this individual’s actions

Young Student Accommodation Personality of the Year

*NEW CATEGORY*

This award is dedicated to recognising the exceptional contributions of a young professional in the student accommodation sector. It celebrates individuals under the age of 35 who have shown remarkable initiative, leadership, innovation, and impact in improving the quality, inclusivity, and sustainability of student housing. This award aims to spotlight emerging talents who not only excel in their roles but also inspire others by setting new standards for excellence and innovation in the field.

Entrants must be under the age of 35 as of 01 July 2024 and can include entrepreneurs, managers, researchers, or any professionals working within the student accommodation sector.

This category is now closed

Their contributions should be related to activities or projects undertaken between 01 July 2023 – 30 June 2024
To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation in the student accommodation sector
  • Tangible impact on improving student living experiences, whether through operational excellence, community engagement, sustainability initiatives, or technological advancements
  • Contributions to promoting inclusivity and diversity within student accommodation
  • Evidence of personal growth, professional development, and a commitment to continuing to influence the sector positively
  • Recognition by peers, colleagues, and industry leaders as a rising star in the field

Hall of Fame

Entries are not accepted to this category. A shortlist will be chosen by all judges who take part in the category judging, and the winner determined by an anonymous ballot. The winner will then be announced during the Awards ceremony.

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