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The Big Walk 2018

The Big Walk 2018

On Friday 22 June 2018, over 350 members of The University of Sheffield staff took part in The Big Walk - a 26.2 mile trek across the Peak District, to raise money for the Sheffield Scanner appeal.

The appeal, which has now raised over £1.5 million, aims to bring a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility to Sheffield, which will help transform our understanding of serious conditions like cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, and much more.

The 2018 Walkers raised over £50,000, and were greeted by a BBQ and a well-deserved sit down when they arrived back at the University Arms at the end of the distance.

A number of our colleagues in Accommodation and Commercial Services completed the Walk, including two who ran the distance! Congratulations and well done to you all.

ACS procurement project funds fresh water wells in India

M KothapalleLife Water, which is sold in all Commercial Services and UNICUS outlets across the University campus and residences, is a life changing charity, providing clean drinking water to communities that desperately need it. For every bottle of water sold, funds are raised towards the construction of new fresh water wells in India. We have worked with Life Water to sell their bottled water for 6 years, which has led to us being assigned our very own Life Water drop4drop clean drinking water project.

The construction of the well in the M.Kothapalle community in Andhra Pradesh India will be completed in September 2016 and will provide 1,070 people with a safe, sustainable and long lasting source of clean drinking water. It will feature a plaque with the details ‘donated by Sheffield University through purchases of Life Water’ to explain who funded the well and how it arrived in the community. More than 1 billion people around the world are unable to access safe, clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation.

At the University there is a steady demand for bottled water and we wanted to provide a solution that delivers a wider social benefit. Life Water enables us to make a responsible and positive contribution in an area where water is not easily accessed. So, when a University customer purchases one of these drinks, they will be helping someone less fortunate to have access to fresh water as well.

The initiative is one of many environmental activities at we undertake, including the responsible recycling of plastic drinks bottles, where we encourage all our customers to recycle, using the recycling bins for plastic and tins as well as caddies for food waste recycling in the cafés and student accommodation. The PET plastic drinks bottles are processed by a company in Lincolnshire, so they can be recycled and made back into bottles for future use.

teamtheoWe've raised over £2,000 for The Children's Hospital Charity

Our staff in UNICUS, ACS and EFM Departments swapped student registers for running shoes as they ran the Sheffield Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon for The Children’s Hospital Charity, Sheffield on Sunday 10 April 2016.

Our participants included Peter Anstess, Rob Betts, Louisa Critchlow, Peter Ellis, Alex Fletcher, Kevin Howarth, Gavin Lambert, Dan Shaw, Arvin Simpson, Ben Slater, David Whitaker, Joe Berry and Andy Woffindin. One of our runners, Andrew Woffindin has just reached his 100th Parkrun whereas this was a first time half marathon for Louisa Critchlow our Hospitality, Events and Restaurant Manager.

Tonya Kennedy, events fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity added: “We’re overwhelmed by the number of runners who are supporting the charity and it’s fantastic to hear that the University’s Accommodation & Commercial Services (ACS), UNICUS and Estates and Facilities Management departments have joined Team Theo for one of Sheffield’s most iconic challenges."

Money raised will go towards the Make it Better appeal will help match world-class facilities with the existing world-class care, creating the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly. The redevelopment will feature a spacious new outpatients department, three wards with mostly private rooms, landscaped outdoor areas and space for children to play. The hospital is one of only four specialist children’s hospitals in the UK.

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Fresh new look unveiled at Halifax Hall hotel as 2AA rosette head chef joins the team

Sheffield’s Halifax Hall hotel has revealed a brand new look following an exciting refurbishment to its ground floor areas. The new-look ground floor, which was completed on 1 April, now includes a purpose-built cocktail bar, reception desk and a fresh paint and lighting scheme throughout. New carpets have also been laid in reception areas, bar and conference rooms.

Hotel Manager, Andy Flowers, explained the reason for the update: "One of the most common feedback points received from guests was about the lack of atmosphere and room to sit and relax." he said." This has now been addressed with the installation of new bar furniture, including soft seating and two new seating pods in the reception area. The hotel now offers a genuinely warm, boutique feel as soon as guests walk through the door."

The refurbishment coincides with the arrival of new Head Chef, Dan Laycock, who joins the team from his role as Head Chef at the Peak Edge Hotel at the Red Lion where he earned 2 AA rosettes.

Dan, who has worked under Jean-Marie Zanetti at the 3 AA rosette Abode in Exeter and spent three years as junior sous chef under Mark Sergeant at Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, says he is looking forward to the challenge of working at the hotel and establishing himself and the business throughout Sheffield. He has wasted no time in making his mark and has already written a new bar menu which is available every day from 12pm through to 10pm.

Halifax Hall hotel, a Victorian mansion and former University of Sheffield hall of residence next to Endcliffe student residences, was transformed in 2013 into a unique 38-bedroom, conference hotel, by UNICUS, a subsidiary of the University of Sheffield.

UNICUS employs over 80 primarily local staff on a variety of commercial contracts, and has experienced significant growth in its first year of trading. It has created additional employment opportunities for both the local and student market, and all profits are reinvested into improving University services.

News - TUCOStars shine bright in national catering competitions

Our talented catering team are celebrating after six of their best enjoyed success in a series of competitions designed to highlight the culinary skills of those working in the education sector.

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) is the leading professional membership body for ‘in house’ caterers operating within the higher and further sector. The annual competitions, which were held at the University of Warwick on 21 and 22 March, are part of its commitment to advancing the learning and developing of catering and hospitality teams.

University Chef, Rob Hattersley, beat off stiff competition to scoop Gold in the Salon Culinaire: Restaurant Plated Dessert category where he impressed the judges.

Tracy Carr, the University’s Executive Chef, and Joe Berry, Head Chef at Inox Dine, tasted success as they secured Bronze in the main event of the two day competitions, the Chef’s Challenge. The Challenge, which took place early on the second morning, required teams of two chefs to cook a three course meal from a list of ingredients presented to them at 5pm the previous evening. Tracy and Joe had just one hour to create a menu suitable for fine dining in front of a live audience. The judges commended Tracy and Joe for their teamwork.

James Moxom, Duty Manager at the University’s Inox Dine restaurant, excelled in the Service Skills Category, coming in 5th just eight points behind the winner. James was judged on his preparation of a themed table setting as well as his customer care, product knowledge, technical skills and teamwork.

Chris Marsh, who works in the Diamond Kitchen, and Alex McFarlane, who works in View Deli and is a student of the University, also shone in the Barista category. Alex, who scored the highest technical mark of the event, was placed 5th out of the 30 entrants and Chris secured 8th place. As a result of being in the top 10, they have both been invited to work with Bewleys UK at the London Coffee Festival later this month.

David McKown, Head of Training & Quality said: “The team did a fantastic job at the competitions, with every single one of them being placed in the top 10 in their category. We’re all very proud of the high quality of work they produced and the professionalism with which it was prepared and presented. It’s a testament to the hard work and creativity they deliver on a daily basis back home here in Sheffield.”