Catering helps Leeds to become top three in the UK

The Catering service at the University of Leeds has helped it rise to third place in the UK in a major survey.

Great Food at Leeds, the Catering service at the University of Leeds, has helped the University rise to third place in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. The University also scored highly for its campus environment, facilities and extra-curricular activities.

All of these elements play a major part in attracting conferences and events to the University and ensuring an outstanding experience for delegates while they are here in Leeds. The emphasis on maintaining an excellent learning atmosphere through innovative academic facilities; providing catering that is nutritious, healthy and satisfies individual dietary requirements; and creating communal spaces and sports facilities for delegates to network and socialise, makes the University the perfect place to host an event.

“Creating experiences through food for our conference guests is a real highlight for the catering team here at the University of Leeds.”

Leeds is now in the top 10 cities in the UK according to the International Convention and Congress Association report, and Lonely Planet named the city as one of Europe’s top 10 destinations for international travellers for 2017. The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey report 2017/18 affirmed that quality of food is more of a priority than the quality of the conference facilities to conference organisers – luckily Leeds has it all!

Simon Wood, Head of Food Development for Great Food at Leeds, has been identified as one of the key influencers to the supportive and friendly environment at the University. Linking up with groups around the University he runs cookery demonstrations, which give students a chance to socialise and to taste homemade food. He also designs and develops the food for the conferences and events hosted on campus, taking account of feedback from previous delegates and current food trends. Simon’s passion for food, cooking, and the University, where he’s worked for 21 years, is obvious.

Simon said: “I hope that I can inspire people to give cooking a go if they’ve not tried it much before. I get so much satisfaction from this job, I consider myself very lucky.

“Creating experiences through food for our conference guests is a real highlight for the catering team here at the University of Leeds. We love to understand our events and their audiences, crafting menus that will leave a lasting impression for both their creativity and quality.“

The cookery demonstrations are also available as part of a conference – they are a perfect addition to a team building event, an innovative way to network or simply as a fun session for delegates to unwind after a full day of academic sessions.