The Union bar, nightclub and food outlets not only provide valuable service to our members but also are one of our key contributors to the social experience of campus living. Some of the nights out will live in the memories of students for many years as they try and recapture that ‘special’ time at University.  Although always pitched to provide great value for money, the venues also generate surpluses for the Union without which many of our member services would not be able to be delivered on the funding that remained from our grant alone.

4579 members visited

25592 times (to ticketed events)

Socialising is a key part of most students’ time at university and Loco’s and the academy provide members with a place to meet friends and course mates to talk, eat and drink (and even some dancing!)

 

18797 tickets sold to

lobal

Global is our most popular event and it takes place every Friday with special Mega Globals taking place throughout the year. It gives our members a place to come together at the weekend and relax after a busy week of studying.

 

New Events

This year we have introduced a number of new nights within Loco’s and the academy. From Bingo to Evolve (a night of deep house, electro, trap, dubstep & drum and bass music), we have listened to our members and put on nights that they want to go to.

5046 breakfasts and 7615 burgers sold

Our food service prides itself on good food at a great price, with nothing on the menu over £5; we provide free sauces and condiments to compliment your meal. The varied menu accommodates a range of tastes and preferences. Students can enjoy a sit down meal, a light bite or simply come and go as we offer all items as a takeaway option.

This means student can get the equivalent of a home cooked meal in a friendly environment, a quick snack on the move or a quality takeaway to nearby halls. This means they can have a great meal with friends without breaking the bank.

 

Let's Cook

This year we launched our lets cook project, its aim to encourage and empower students away from home for the first time to be able to confidently shop  for and cook for themselves healthy and inexpensive meals. This project has been really exciting and has had the support of our on campus caterers, Sodexo, who have helped us secure live cooking demonstrations from celebrity TV chefs, like Paul Rankin and Celebrity MasterChef winner Matt Dawson. This high profile activity coupled with our officers conducting halls kitchen raids to cook simple meals within halls flats, has embedded lets cook into the Union agenda.

Let’s Cook did not just stop at the home kitchen, we have also this year brought to campus a kitchen and food preparation space within the Michael Stirling building. This space on the ground floor enables students working to a budget who live both on and off campus to reheat their own home cooked meals and not feel pressured into having to purchase pre-packaged or commercially driven catering services (whether university or Union) on campus.

We are looking forward to developing and furthering our message and support for healthy home cooking into 2016.

Christmas Market

Our Christmas Market continues to be a great success. This year we saw a rise in the number of stall holders compared to previous years, this income was reinvested into the Union to provide services and activities. In addition the Christmas market allowed students to get into the spirit of Christmas and support local businesses through the sale of their goods.

 

Tuesday Market

Our weekly market provided students with a place to buy a wide selection of healthy fruit and vegetables conveniently whilst on campus.  Other stalls include an artisan baker, international hot food to take away and crafts. The market enables students to move away from ‘convenients food’ that is available locally, and created wholesome homemade meals.