It was wonderful to see so many of you at the University of Nottingham for the TUCO Conference. It was my fi rst as chair of TUCO and as I walked the halls of the exhibition, speaking to members and suppliers, it made me feel so proud of our TUCO family. The TUCO Awards are a great example of this. The room at the Gala Dinner was full of cheers of support for every individual, team and institution nominated for the awards and it was wonderful to see how much winning a ‘TUCO’ meant to those who got one. We will defi nitely be running the TUCO Awards again and encourage even more of you to enter next year. For those of you who weren’t able to make the TUCO Conference then worry not, as we have a full round up of the event ove r the coming pages, including the winners of the TUCO Awards, issues raised by our keynote and breakout speakers, and highlights of the evening entertainment.
The Conference might be over for another year, but TUCO doesn’t stop! We have a full programme of Study Tours and Academy courses lined up for the coming months, and put a date in your diary for 6th December, the TUCO Winter Conference, which takes place at the University of Strathclyde. Turn to page 12 for a showcase on the university and by the end you’ll be booking your ticket! Let me take this moment to thank everyone who sponsored the TUCO 100 Cycle Challenge, where 14 intrepid cyclists journeyed from Manchester to Nottingham, raising money for my TUCO Chair’s charity, Mary’s Meals. Combined with the money raised at the Gala Dinner, you have raised £12,500, which will help to provide meals to over one million children across the world. That amount is humbling, and don’t forget that we can keep adding to the pot by purchasing the Cupcake kits through Bako North Western!
Matt White Chair of TUCO