Share Share.

Connect with other in-house caterers to pool ideas, best practice and wisdom.  TUCO has over 500 members and we help them communicate their know-how and experience with each other. Members connect through regional meetings, working groups, industry events and professional networks; asking questions and offering advice.

Buy Buy.

Cut costs, drive-up quality and improve sustainability through smarter procurement with TUCO. Every year we purchase over £140 million of goods and services for our members through EU compliant frameworks and delivered in excess of £10 million in savings.

Learn. Learn

Sharpen your skills through the TUCO Academy, a dedicated training initiative for in-house caterers. A range of accredited courses and study tours cover all development needs through online and face-to-face learning and the annual TUCO Competitions challenge the most talented hospitality workers from our members.

Grow. Grow

Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and consumer preferences using TUCO’s research and case studies. We regularly commission research to ensure members are primed on a range of topical issues, helping them to build their businesses.

Welcome to The University Caterers Organisation

Championing in-house catering and focusing on four key categories; Share, Learn, Buy and Grow.

TUCO is the leading professional membership body for ‘in-house’ caterers operating in the higher and further education sector. We are committed to advancing the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams and work to provide quality standards, advice and information to those working in the sector.

TUCO is committed to driving the health and well-being agenda on behalf of its members and is at the fore of sustainability best practice. Our procurement team work to secure the best possible value in all framework agreements, demonstrated by purchasing volumes in excess of £140m per annum.

Our Partners

Adelie Foods Group
Bako North Western
Bells Of Lazonby
Big Al’s Food Service
Clipper Teas
Coca Cola European Partners
Country Choice
Dr Oetker Foodservice
Electrolux Professional
HK Foodservice Architecture
Kent Frozen Foods
Love Joes
Matthew Algie
McCain Foods
Nisbets PLC
Premier Foods
Refreshment Systems
Street Eats
Tchibo Coffee Service
Unilever UK LTD

News at TUCO

What you get:

  • Instant online reporting that lets managers easily see who has done what you need them to (and who hasn’t)
  • A compliant business with lower risk
  • Managers’ time freed up to focus on day to day operations
  • Learning that’s always up to date

Above all, an improved bottom line.

What your team get:

  • Personalised accounts and passwords
  • Access to highly engaging and interactive courses made up of enjoyable bite-sized modules
  • Less time training more time with customers
  • Individual learning ‘road map’
  • Assessments for each course to show what they have learned, complete with feedback
  • Certificates for all courses passed

The TUCO e-learning offer

Compliance is about more than box ticking. We help change behaviour to keep you and yours safe from risk. Make sure your frontline staff are fully briefed on their responsibilities for health and safety, food safety and hygiene, allergen and drug awareness and sales of alcohol. With concise, engaging courses that hundreds of thousands of learners tell us really work.

Practice makes perfect. Specially designed for front line bar staff, this training package brings an interactive, scenario-based approach. Your people will not only improve their knowledge, but improve their ability to engage with customers about their preferences, including customers with hearing loss.

It will mean your people will learn to think for themselves, reacting quickly to customer requirements. Making informed decisions. From higher-level compliance to day-to-day people management: reduce risk, increase sales, repeat business, and improve reputation.


Ensure your counter staff deliver the very best in customer service skills, presentation and basic merchandising. Equip your people with the knowledge and skills they need to shine within counter food sales and service. From higher level compliance to day to day people management: reduce risk, increase sales, repeat business, improve reputation.

Turn risk into reward with our manager compliance courses. Compliance isn’t just a tick box exercise. It’s about the law and keeping you, your employees and your customers safe. This practical package of short courses fully equips your managers with the knowledge to confidently communicate safe standards to employees. Up-to-date and jam packed with interactivity and best practice, as well as being engaging, intuitive and really easy to use.

Inspire, develop and retain your best talent. Upskill and motivate your managers with great approaches 

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Contact Us

The University Caterers Organisation Ltd

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