The Savoy Educational Trust awards £750,000 grant

Created on: Friday 16 September 2011 at 11:59AM

The Savoy Educational Trust has awarded a £750,000 grant to the University of West London to complete a brand new state-of-the-art teaching and learning centre. 'The Savoy Educational Trust Learning, Education and Development Suite' will provide a first-class environment for hospitality graduates from the London School of Hospitality to compete at a global level.

The grant, the largest ever awarded by the Trust, aims to cater for hospitality students doing MBAs, postgraduate diplomas, MAs and professional diplomas at the University's West London campus in Ealing. 'The Savoy Educational Trust Learning, Education and Development Suite' will include a 75-seat lecture theatre and fully equipped conferencing room as well as a performance area and library. It will enhance the University's profile, supporting a more rounded student experience and act as a hub for local businesses.

The Trustees of the Savoy Educational Trust comment: "This is a very exciting project and one that will make a huge difference to both our industry and the University of West London. The new learning facility will create a platform for hospitality students to compete and learn on a global scale adding huge benefits to our industry when the graduates enter the workplace. The launch of the new centre will coincide with the Trust's 50th anniversary year, which is a great way for us to mark this milestone."

The centre will feature:

* A 75-seat lecture theatre/conference room fully equipped with the required technological infrastructure, including a video link to facilitate dialogue with hospitality and tourism leaders around the world.

* A multi-functional performance area that can be converted into one large space suitable for group work, or two seminar rooms and a breakout area.

* A library and an informal breakout area.

Professor David Foskett, Associate Dean and Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, said: "Our school has enjoyed an enviable reputation as an innovative and high quality provider of education in hospitality management, culinary arts, tourism and events management for over 60 years. Despite our reputation, we urgently needed to modernise aspects of the school to meet students' needs but we didn't have the funds to do so.  Winning this grant from the Savoy Educational Trust has made our future aim of cementing our reputation on the global stage a reality, and will also enable us to continue building upon our historic achievements for generations to come."

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