Shamari Steele

Shamari Steele

Call for volunteers to host the conference for the next 5 years, 2018 to 2022! For 2018 and 2019 we are ideally looking to have the conference hosted in the Northeast and Scotland but have no preference thereafter. Must haves:- Conference room/auditorium to comfortably seat 400theatre style- 4 breakout rooms each seating 80theatre style- Exhibition: Large room, two rooms or a space for a marquee total space required 1,000sqm- 450 ensuite rooms on site- 3-4 Passionate, driven senior team members to join the organising group with ideas for showcasing the institution, and locality.Ideally:- Parking for 300 guests Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe you can cater for listed requirements.

The University Caterer’s Organisation (TUCO) has today (16th March) announced it is one of the founding signatories of The Courtauld Commitment 2025, which launched nationally yesterday.

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a world-leading ten year voluntary agreement that brings together leading organisations from across the Foodservice Industry to tackle waste levels, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity. All those involved will work collaboratively to reach the shared ambition of cutting the resources needed to provide food and drink in the UK by one-fifth in the next decade.

Launched by sustainability charity WRAP, the commitment will drive best practice through its innovative whole-system approach to the way food and drink is produced, sold and consumed in the UK. The member organisations, which include retailers, brands, manufacturers, local authorities and associations, will work collectively to meet common goals. These include providing lower impact products more efficiently, helping consumers and businesses get more value from the food and drink they buy, and finding innovative ways to use remaining waste and surplus food. WRAP estimates that meeting the Commitment targets will deliver £20 billion worth of savings to the UK economy.

Julie Barker, Chair of TUCO, comments on the organisation’s involvement in Courtauld 2025: “Sustainability remains a hugely important issue for our members, and indeed the Industry. As an organisation we strive to lead the way on finding innovative solutions to the widespread challenges – our commitment to Courtauld 2025 is a key part of this programme.

“As part of TUCO’s involvement, we hope to harness the efforts and passion already demonstrated by member institutions, encouraging them to go one step further, reducing waste even further, recycling more and together, reaping the significant environmental and financial rewards.”

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that TUCO has pledged their support as a signatory. We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources, but tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”

Included in The Courtauld Commitment’s shared ambition is the aim to reduce food and drink waste by 20%, cut the GHG intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK by 20%, and drive a decrease in the impact associated with water use in the supply chain. In doing this the member organisations hope to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to lessen food waste by 2030.


Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:58

Matthew White Announced as New Chair of TUCO

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has today announced the appointment of a new Chair to take the fast-moving organisation through the next progressive phase of its journey.   Matthew White, who is currently Director of Catering, Hotel & Conference Services at The University of Reading, will be taking up the position from September 2016.   

White moves into his new position after being a Director of TUCO for three years and holding the role of Vice-Chair for the past two years. Together with the TUCO’ Board, he will be driving the organisation forward to capitalise on its current momentum, as well as building new benefits for stakeholders, and furthering the development of TUCO’s unique; Share, Lean, Buy, Grow ethos. 

Current Chair, Julie Barker, will be stepping down after five years of overseeing the Board management and being the public face for the Organisation during a time of immense change and growth in TUCO’s voice and platform across the university catering sector, and wider Industry. She remains in her role as Director of Accommodation & Hospitality for The University of Brighton and will continue to sit on the TUCO Board.

Speaking about his role, Matthew White, commented:

“TUCO is at an incredibly important point in its progression and I am enormously excited by the next phase of its development, and the work that the Board will be undertaking in the next few years to build on the momentum secured to date.  

“Julie has been a powerful force alongside the TUCO Board in evoking change and I would like to personally thank her for everything that she has done over the past five years.  She has been instrumental in the growth of TUCO and the developments to transform and modernise the Organisation to offer genuine value to our members, as well as taking our unique procurement frameworks - which represent incredible value - and offer these to the broader public sector.

“TUCO members are some of the most talented caterers in the country providing for diverse and multi-faceted needs across international audiences.  They are right at the forefront of trends and insights into the future of foodservice, working with the consumers of tomorrow.

“Together with the Board, I will be working tirelessly to advance the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams in line with emerging trends and changes.”

Commenting on her time as Chair, Julie Barker, said:

“The last five years as Chair have been an inspiration.  It has been an honour to oversee the TUCO Board, where each of the members are dynamic and driven with unique backgrounds and expertise, that see them work seamlessly together to find creative solutions to the challenges faced by our sector.  The growth and development of the Organisation over the past few years, both within the education sector and more widely within the hospitality industry, is something which I am tremendously proud of.

“I am delighted that Matthew will be taking over the position, he has a wealth of experience and a passion for the industry which will see him bring the Organisation into a new, creative and cutting-edge era.”

TUCO is the leading membership organisation for in-house caterers operating in the higher and further education sectors, working with over 500 universities and colleges across the UK, its members represent the very best in catering practice and innovation within the sector.

Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:39

Hot Beverage Vendor Survey 2016

This Bristol Online Survey aims to get your feedback on the level of service you are getting from the supplier(s) that are supplying you as part of the TUCO Hot Beverage Framework Agreement.

Click here to take part in the Survey.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:04

Business Models Research Survey 

TUCO have commissioned an independent catering consultancy, The Litmus Partnership, to conduct a piece of research on the different business models available within the university sector for the delivery of catering and hospitality.

The research will also provide TUCO members with the information and data which will help them to build a robust catering strategy.
The output will be supported by evidence from case studies drawn from a cross section of universities.

As a further incentive, all participants will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Christmas Hamper!

The survey is now open and will run through until Thursday 1st December , closing at 23:59. All questions are mandatory.

Your feedback is extremely valuable so to take part in the please click  here

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:35

Gold Service Scholarship Competition

After a tense regional final at the five-star, The Langham Hotel; Eight contestants have been selected as a finalist for this year’s Gold Service Scholarship Competition!The finalist’ have been selected after a series of challenges which includes Customer Service, Cocktail making, and an interview. Not only did these challenges test the contestant’s ability & performance, it also demonstrated the competitors’ social skills and presentation.

The eight finalists were whittled down from 24 and include front of house staff at Michelin-starred restaurants including dinner at Heston Blumenthal, L’Enclume and Fera at claridges, as well as service staff working in the RAF and at Buckingham Palace.

Now in its fourth year, The Gold Service Scholarship is an annual competition for young, front of house professionals working in the hospitality industry. Among the judges is Stephen Lambert, Senior hospitality manager at the University of Brighton.

Stephen Lambert, TUCO’s Non-Excitative director and Gold Service Scholarship judge voices “The Gold Service Scholarships grows year on year with a wealth of young and exciting talent testing their skills, yesterday saw 60 shortlisted competitors attend the quarter finals at Café Royal London. From the 60, 24 competitors will be selected attend the semi-finals at The Rosewood Hotel London later this month it was great to see an entry of University of Birmingham get through to the quarter-finals.”

The national Final will take place in February at The Connaught Hotel in London.

Monday, 31 October 2016 14:11

Have your say

We have some surveys currently available providing members with the opportunities to provide feedback on suppliers for 3 frameworks, and a research survey out too!

Supplier assessment surveys are available for:

Confectionery (quick! This closes 28th October!)

Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals (closes 10th November)

Innovative Food Concepts (closes 17th November)

And the research survey is for a potential Kitchen Deep Clean framework (closes 31st October)

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