The Student Hospitality Experience Program was launched in 2013 as part of the highly successful Menu Innovation Network. The program features two main elements – a series of Food Concept Tours and    the U Dine awards.

Food Concept Tours

To allow operators in the university and college sector to experience the innovative concepts driving the latest food trends. This element is delivered via a series of hosted tours of leading edge concepts in London relevant to students. The delegates attending can take, and implement, these ideas back into their individual businesses. The tours include Coffee and Sandwich, Street Food and Fast Casual, Bars and Casual Dining.

Every tour has been well oversubscribed with comments from delegates such as:-

"Thanks for a great day - I got loads of thoughts and ideas from it and the conversation on the way home was dominated by ways in which we could make changes and improvements and try new things which was really great to see"

"We thoroughly enjoyed the day and got lots of new ideas. In addition to new menu ideas we learnt a lot about simplification of offer and service, branding and marketing, customer care, signage, colour ways, choice"

"We are natural sceptics when it comes to these day outs, always wondering whether we can really justify and afford the time – the message on the train home was  - that was really worthwhile doing, learnt a lot"

"I have to say we both thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's tour, in fact probably the best one I've been on! The outlets we visited were spot on in terms of the areas/ideas we are looking to develop!"

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for a fantastic day. It gave me plenty to think about and I have come away inspired! "

U Dine Awards 2016

The U Dine Awards were introduced to recognise and reward those universities that are embracing and delivering the latest high street trends to their students. The awards are open to all operators in this highly competitive sector whether they are an in house, contracted or student union business.

Each of the shortlisted entries were visited by members of the Menu Innovation Network to ascertain those operators deserving recognition.

Chicago Concept Tour

The winners of this year’s U Dine Awards each receive a four day tour of Chicago to experience a host of concepts and food offers relevant to the student sector.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the U Dine Awards 2016 :-

Sponsors for 2017

The Student Hospitality Experience program for 2017 is supported by the following sponsors:




For further details please contact

Simon Peat

Managing Director

Inside Foodservice Ltd

Tel 07595 265931


2016 Winner: Bar & Café Concept

Operated by the In-House Team

University of Sheffield for ‘The Edge’

Award sponsored by McCain Foodservice

2016 Winner: Casual Dining
Operated by the In-House Team

University of Leeds for ‘The Refectory’

Award sponsored by Birds Eye Foodservice

2016 Winner: Fast Casual Dining
Operated by a Contract Caterer

University of Gloucester (Baxter Storey)

Award sponsored by Peros

2016 Winner: Bar Concept
Operated by the Student Union

University of Manchester

Award sponsored by Dr Oetker

2016 Winner: Fast Casual Dining
Operated by the In-House Team

University of Hertfordshire for ‘Rore’

Award sponsored by Peros