Conferences and Venues

Keep It On Campus

Back in 2011 the Conferences and Venues team came up with the idea of a Keep It On Campus campaign to encourage University colleagues to use University venues and catering services rather than take money outside of the University. The first Keep It On Campus event consisted of a tour of the University’s key venues and the opportunity to sample the latest menus from the Taste Manchester and Chancellors catering teams. The event turned out not only to be a great way to show colleagues across the University the outstanding and diverse facilities available, but also a great opportunity to make introductions, build relationships and ensure that our services were fully supporting staff who wish to host meetings and conferences at the University.

By keeping income inside the University, using our own teams and facilities to deliver great meetings, conferences and events, we save the University money. This money can be reinvested into areas such as research and education.

In terms of research, The University of Manchester conducts a wide range of high-quality research. Much of this combines expertise from across other disciplines, making the most of the University’s size and breadth. In 2015 the University announced five research beacons or strengths which are addressing global inequalities, advanced materials (including the two dimensional material Graphene), cancer, energy and industrial biotechnology. The researchers in these fields are at the forefront of the search for innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

In order to deliver high quality events at the University we employ 18 professional chefs and other high calibre catering staff who, as well as providing high quality catering and hospitality for events, also develop menus for our students which enhance their experience at University.

Many of our buildings are designed with both conferencing as well as teaching in mind. In tangible terms this means we invest in high quality and durable finishes and furniture which creates interior designs and spaces with are equally attractive students and corporate clients.

Finally keeping money inside the University campus supports the University’s agenda of social responsibility. Not only are University staff terms and conditions fair in relation to the wider hospitality sector, but the University catering teams also buy a high proportion of ethical, local and Fairtrade products. As an example, we purchase over £40,000 of veg from a small local cooperative group of growers. Through our active participation in a group called ‘The Works’, an employment and skills centre established by the University two years ago to equip unemployed local people with the skills which make them attractive to employers, we support local unemployed people back into work.

The Keep It On Campus philosophy can also be attractive to external companies and organisations who wish to see not only great value and inspiring surroundings for their events but also the money they pay for their event going into World-class research to solve global problems supporting an ethical agenda rather than benefiting the shareholders of large hotel conglomerates.

This year’s Keep It On Campus event was expanded to two days in January due to demand and included a tour of our key facilities including, on our Oxford Road campus, in the heart of the University, the beautiful Christies Bistro, the imposing Whitworth Hall and The Whitworth corridor suite of meeting rooms including the Council Chamber. Whilst still on Oxford Road attendees visited our largest conference facility, University Place, suitable for events of up to 1000 delegates. Attendees then departed by coach to visit our dedicated venue spaces at the University’s halls of residence, Hulme Hall and Dalton Ellis. From here there followed a visit to Chancellors Hotel, the University’s own hotel in Fallowfield followed by a visit to North Campus in the city centre to visit Sackville Street Building, Renold Building and Manchester Meeting Place, our day meeting centre.

A delicious buffet lunch was provided by the University's in-house catering team for functions and events, Taste Manchester. To round the day off an omelette challenge competition, with prizes, pitted staff against each other to see who could cook an omelette perfectly in the shortest time under the watchful eye of our Executive Head Chef, Martin Smith.

Sarah Evans, Sales Manager for Conferences and Venues said “The Keep it on campus events provide a great opportunity for us to meet colleagues and showcase the University’s venues. When colleagues see what we have inside the University we very soon after see them enquire about availability for their next event. Although our Keep it on Campus events are aimed at University staff our dedicated conference sales staff are always more than happy to show external clients our facilities and let them experience our catering at a time convenient to them.”

Layton Quinton - Marketing Manager

Layton Quinton

Layton Quinton

Alison Shedlock

Welcome from Alison Shedlock, Head of Hospitality and Events

University Place

University Place

Hulme Hall

Hulme Hall

Barnes Wallis

Barnes Wallis


Taste Manchester

Buffet wraps

Taste Manchester


Taste Manchester

Omelette Challenge Competition

Omelette Challenge

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