Residential and Commercial Services - Making connections

Posted by pt91 at May 21, 2014 10:15 AM |
Frances Stone explains how recent partnerships have seen RACS go from strength to strength

In Residential and Commercial Services (RACS) we’re always looking for ways to work with other departments and divisions of the University, and with external partners.

We teamed up recently with researchers from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine to support their research into the potential benefits of turmeric in the prevention and treatment of cancer. You may have seen the Spice for Life branding in our outlets (pictured below, left) or maybe even had the chance to sample some of our tasters at the launch event. We’re particularly keen to support academic research in any way we can and if anyone would like to discuss how we can do that, whether through use of our catering facilities, access to our accommodation or any of our other services, please contact Kirsty Woodward, Deputy Director of RACS at kjw35@le.ac.uk

Spice for LifeWe’ve also played our part in the Richard III discovery. The Bookshop has supported book launches and we were pleased to be quick off the mark with our own range of merchandise which enjoyed strong sales when RIII fever was at its peak. The Bookshop continues to enjoy excellent relationships with the academic community. It’s the best way to ensure that students have access to the right books at the right time and we’re proud that the Bookshop continues to play a prominent part in campus life.

Print Services, too, remains an important service to the University. In recent months we have relaunched our desktop delivery service and wide format printing, which we used ourselves to create the graphics for our new catering van - deli on your doorstep. Print Services also plays a crucial role in the University’s highly successful distance learning programme, providing print, pick and pack and distribution service to a number of academic departments.

We were delighted to link up with Leicester Tigers last year, strengthening the University’s association with a huge worldwide brand. We are pleased to host the Tigers Academy players who live in one of our properties at Oadby Student Village (pictured, right). They are coming to the end of their first year with us and this has proven to be a successful partnership. We are talking to the Tigers about what we can do to work together even more closely in the future.

TigersThe Tigers partnership is a great way for us to maximise the return from our residential estate, as is our conference business. We were delighted to play host to the Universities UK Conference in September 2013, and even more delighted that the event went extremely well. The UUK organisers tell us that several Vice-Chancellors went away envious of our facilities. Leicester Conferences has consistently played a part in enhancing the University’s reputation by delivering an outstanding, award-winning service. We have very high levels of repeat business, which demonstrates just how much our customers enjoy working with us.

In the future, the number of partnerships RACS enjoys will only increase. We see it as the best way for us to remain relevant and successful. Anyone interested in working with RACS can contact me at frances.stone@le.ac.uk and I will be happy to talk to you about what we can do to help.

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