Royal Holloway achieves 1* award in Food Made Good Sustainability Rating
Royal Holloway has been awarded one star in the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) Food Made Good Sustainability Rating, with a very commendable score. Read more.
The Royal Treatment
Having recently won the TUCO Innovation award for the second year running, Royal Holloway University shows it’s an historical university looking to the future. Royal Holloway is the perfect blend of beauty and brains; it’s energetically modern but with elegance and tradition. It’s a world-leading university, ranked 19th in the country by the Times Higher Education world university rankings and its graduates are among the country’s most employable. It’s also exceedingly scenic. Read more.
Improving our historic campus
Double gold medal scoop for catering team
Several members of the catering team competed in the finals of the annual TUCO (The University Caterer’s Organisation) Awards at Warwick University in March, winning a total of eight awards between them. Read more.
Come and see our Picture Gallery in a new light
An exciting lighting and conservation project has just been completed in the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery.
The gallery was closed for two months and all of the paintings were temporarily removed while blinds and UV film were fitted to the windows in what is the first new lighting system installation since the Founder’s building was opened in 1886.
The changes have brought the natural light down to museum conservation levels as well as providing a lighting system that works for all the College events that take place in the space from public opening hours, to conferences, receptions, weddings and teaching.
Why not arrange to visit the newly refurbished gallery and enjoy seeing the paintings in a new light? The Picture Gallery is open to the public from 10am – 3pm on Wednesdays during term time.
Catering team win bronze
Three members of the catering team took part in a “Cook and Serve Challenge” at Hotelympia, the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event at Excel, London.
Open to teams from any industry sector, the competition required each team to prepare, cook and serve a three-course meal for 4 covers, with 2 of the covers presented to the judges and the other 2 covers to diners at a laid table. All three courses had to be cooked, presented and served in no more than an hour and a half.
Darren Coventry, Food Production Manager, responsible for all kitchens and Pooranavelupillai Baskaran, Trainee Chef in The Hub competed in the kitchen, while Terri Sadler, Conference and events team leader represented Royal Holloway as Front of House.
The team was judged on the content and presentation of the three dishes, not only in their own right as individual dishes, but also in the way they harmonised with each other to form a well-balanced meal in terms of flavours, colours, textures and portion size.
Head of Conferences and Catering, Mike Hoare said “The catering team at Royal Holloway regularly takes part in competitions to improve their skill and creativity in cooking as well as to gain valuable feedback from prestigious judges. Terri Sadler won the TUCO Service Skills Challenge in Blackpool last year and we were delighted to be asked to represent the organisation at Hotelympia. Congratulations to the team for a very well deserved result.”
Buckingham Palace visit for Royal Holloway’s Terri Sadler
For Royal Holloway’s Conference and Banqueting Supervisor, Terri Sadler, Thursday 19th November was by no means “just another day of food service”. As part of her prize for winning the Gold medal in the Service Skills Challenge at the TUCO (The University Caterer’s Organisation) Awards held earlier this year, Terri was given the opportunity to spend a day at Buckingham Palace, assisting with preparations for a guest lunch and the Princess Royal’s 5 Nations Dinner and Award Ceremony.
Terri’s first task was to assist the silver and glassware pantry teams with the table setting for the Palace’s Private Secretary’s lunch with his Heads of Department. After observing lunch service by the palace footmen, Terri was taken on a tour of the palace, visiting the state rooms, the grand entrance, (just as the President of Madagascar was arriving) the wine cellars and the Centre Room, off which is the famed balcony overlooking The Mall. She was also taken to the Ball Room to watch an investiture, where an individual who had been awarded an honour, was receiving their award in person from The Prince of Wales.
Having prepared and delivered afternoon tea to the Queen’s lady in waiting, Terri assisted with the preparations for dinner, including counting the cutlery, laying the table and helping to measure every last detail, from the distance of each chair from the table to the positioning of the table decorations and centre pieces.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience and I feel extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes at a royal palace,” said Terri. “In many ways it was very similar to what I do at Royal Holloway as it is very much a working palace with lots going on. It was a real privilege to be able to witness service on such a grand scale and I’m looking forward to bringing some of what I learnt back to Royal Holloway. “
Head of Conferences and Catering, Mike Hoare added, “We are all encouraged to view different operations in order to bring back innovative ideas, but Terri has taken this to a new level!”
Royal Holloway provides the set for an exciting new film
Following swiftly in the wake of the recent Avenger’s filming, August saw camera crews return to Royal Holloway, which is featuring as the set for the new Delirium film.
Concluding the Desire trilogy of films by Gareth Jones, a former Director of the television series Coronation Street, Delirium, produced by Scenario films, tells the story of an international composer returning to his college with the commission to compose a Requiem for the college’s centennial celebrations.
The visual splendour of Royal Holloway provided the perfect backdrop for the filming, with scenes being shot in the chapel, lecture hall, Picture Gallery and original Dining Hall as well as in the stately quadrangles. To find out more about filming opportunities at Royal Holloway, please contact us.
Royal Holloway stars in the new Avengers film
Audiences watching the film Avengers: Age of Ultron will recognise the iconic Founder’s Building at Royal Holloway, which takes a star turn in one of the scenes.
Royal Holloway appears in a scene in the heart of the story. The character Thor, played by actor Chris Hemsworth, pulls up in a car outside and walks towards the west side of the Founder’s Building, where he meets the character Erik Slevig (Stellan Skarsgård). Royal Holloway has featured in a number of films and TV shows, including Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, Antiques Roadshow, Celebrity Masterchef, Basic Instinct 2 and Howard’s End. To find out more about filming opportunities at Royal Holloway, please contact us.
Triple gold medal scoop for catering team
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) annual skills competitions held in Blackpool last year proved a resounding success for the Royal Holloway catering team.
Competing against the most talented people in the university catering sector, the team was awarded gold for their tea-infused cupcakes; the Food Service Skills Challenge and the Student Experience Initiative of the Year award, featuring the new, late night café “Imagine” with its offer of Bubble Tea. Read more.
Sports re-development project is resounding success
Last year saw the completion of our sports development project, aimed at increasing and broadening our sports facilities and services.
High quality natural turf and artificial pitches, as well as 4 new floodlit tennis courts were constructed, while existing facilities benefitted from improved drainage and redevelopment of the natural turf. The opening of the new facilities has led to us having a higher than normal level of sports group enquiries over recent months. Don’t forget, all residential conference delegates are free to use our 60 station fitness suite, which is open daily. What’s more, our 135 acres of beautiful wooded parkland can provide the ideal backdrop for team building events and open-air activities.
Companies have used Royal Holloway’s outdoor space for treasure hunts, football tournaments, sports days, team games and more. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.