We recognise the importance of keeping our operations environmentally friendly and actively encouraging healthy eating in and out of our outlets. Working with local suppliers has helped develop relationships that provide our customers quality, fresh produce for the right price.
But our relationships go far beyond exchanging money for products; we help develop our suppliers and allow them to grow with us. We feel this is a huge part of our corporate responsibility and helps highlight the importance of Universities within the local community.
The Hospitality team spreads far and wide across 5 campuses. From Catering Managers and Senior Head Chefs to Catering Assistants, Kitchen Porters and Student Casual Workers, the commitment to provide the very best service emanates from every area.
Our team is also a collective of very talented individuals, each of whom contributes positively to successful service planning and delivery. In particular, all members of the team have embraced the University’s aim to be a leader in sustainable development and to make a positive contribution to communities outside of the University.
with the university’s corporate plan, the Hospitality team is committed to incorporating sustainability into all aspects of service planning and delivery, covering social, economic, and environmental considerations.
The service strategy also follows the university’s wider core aims, in particular, by helping to improve the environment in which members of its community study, work and live.
is a collective of very talented individuals, each of whom contributes positively to successful service planning and delivery. In particular, all members of the team have embraced the University’s aim to be a leader in sustainable development and to make a positive contribution to communities outside of the University.
Continued and increasing investment in training and development, and improving the way we communicate across the service has provided the foundations for rapid and successful growth.
As well as training for every employee at an appropriate level in Food Hygiene and Health and Safety, Hospitality Services also invest in many other areas. The following are examples of the training we offer to our team;
- One day nutrition training for all employees
- Food allergen training for all production and front line staff
- Field trips to new food concepts in London and the South East
- Repeated trips to our fruit and vegetable growers in East Sussex
- Barista training
- Visits to supplier and manufacturer bases
- Customer Service training
- Sustainable food operations
- Waste control
Hospitality Services will:
- Ensure services reflect current catering trends; the function of all outlets is consumer led and customer demand is used appropriately in the design of front line food and beverage provision.
- Plan and manage cost effective services that provide competitively priced products and services.
- Develop monitoring points at each stage of the service chain, actively addressing deficiencies in a proactive and effective manner.
- Improve and widen responsibility towards environmental, social and sustainability issues related to supply, production, product choice and waste.
- Plan and support responsive training and development for all Hospitality staff whilst adopting policies to improve staff retention, motivation and effectiveness.
- Develop a service marketing and promotion plan that identifies the individual characteristics of each service function and utilises information technology at its core.
- Continue to improve and maintain facilities and equipment in order to provide an inviting and comfortable environment for customers and a clean, safe and appropriately designed work area for kitchen and service staff.
c-change is the university’s ambitious carbon reduction engagement campaign, which sets out to help achieve the target of cutting the university’s carbon by 50% in five years. Sustainable food plays a large role in this; allowing engagement with staff and students. c-change works closely with Accommodation and Hospitality to raise awareness of both sustainability issues around food, but also the embedded carbon in the food we eat.
This partnership is delivered through regular initiatives raising awareness and highlighting small actions individuals can take in order to reduce their impact upon the environment by changing their food habits.
Brighton and Hove Fairtrade Steering Group
The university’s Fairtrade Steering Group is chaired by the Deputy Head of Accommodation and Hospitality Services, and members of this group also sit on the city Fairtrade Group in Brighton and Hove.
The university is also the flagship employer and contributes towards the city’s bi-annual re-application for Fairtrade status.
(Community University Partnership Programme) As part of its commitment to community engagement, the University of Brighton has established a scheme, which enables members of staff to take part in a wide range of voluntary opportunities in the local community.
Staff members from Hospitality Services have volunteered on events throughout the lifetime of the scheme. Currently, the kitchen team at the Grand Parade site are working with CUPP to develop a ‘cooking on a budget’ session to be delivered to unemployed families at a local volunteer centre.
The Over Fifty Five’s (TOFFS) and Happy at Heart:
For a number of years our operations on the Eastbourne Campus have joined up with Sport Brighton to provide healthy food and activity for members of the local community. These include special lunches, dinners, and other events that coincide with appropriate exercise events in the university’s state of the art sporting facilities.
For many years Hospitality Services have provided structured work experience for 15 and 16 year olds from secondary schools in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne, and Hastings. Dialogue with each respective school begins early in the New Year and placements are designed to best fit the aspirations of each individual pupil. In several cases we have welcomed pupils back at the end of their school education and provided them with permanent employment opportunities.