Royal Holloway is a finalist for 3 Academic Venue Awards
Royal Holloway has been recognised as a finalist for three Academic Venue Awards, in the Best Catering Service, Best Accommodation and Best Wedding Venue categories for commercial guests. Read more.
Double gold medal scoop for Royal Holloway’s catering team
Several members of the Royal Holloway catering team competed in the finals of the annual TUCO (The University Caterer’s Organisation) Awards at Warwick University in April, winning a total of eleven awards between them. Read more.
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
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.”
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.
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.