The Great Outdoors Team

For bringing our community back together in 2021


This is a Proud to be Staffs Story

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Proud to be Staffs Story: The Great Outdoors Team

Students' Union and University Project Team


As National Restrictions were lessened on the 12 April 2021, we saw our community spark back to life with students, staff and visitors beginning to enjoy our on campus spaces once more. The Great Outdoors, a perfect opportunity for friends to come together to enjoy a meal and a drink on our campus, has been a roaring success - all thanks to the hard work of our Students' Union and University team. Thank you all for making us Proud to be Staffs be Staffs.



Student Feedback and Reviews

'I just wanted to let you know I’ve gone to Verve tonight the service has been brilliant and I’d like to thank Rachel Burgess who worked as the chef tonight she offered incredible service doing it all by herself and keeping everyone happy so from me and my table. Incredible gratitude to her she’s amazing'


The Great Outdoors Team

Creating a safe and yet vibrant and engaging hospitality space on campus was a challenging endeavour, and one that involved a lot of different members of staff from all across our community. We thank all of the team who were pivotal in the sucess of this project, but would like to especially recognise: 

Steve Thurlow, Venue Manager

Kerry Magee, Duty Venue Manager

Rachel Burgess, Hospitality and Conferencing Supervisor

Philip Olivant, Head Chef

Stu Lowndes, Duty Venue Manager

Josh Griffin, Trainee Duty Venue Manager

Yolanda McBride, Union Team Member

Charlotte Whittaker, Union Team Member








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