Dartington Hall is the hospitality arm of The Dartington Hall Trust. Based in Devon, we provide hotel-style accommodation in a historic location and all our profits support the charitable work of the Trust. Our 50 distinctive bedrooms located within the East & West wings of our Medieval Courtyard offer a superb mix of heritage and comfort. A few steps across our courtyard you will find The White Hart, our newly refurbished Bar & Restaurant featuring the best local and seasonal produce. You’ll also discover the Barn Cinema, a renovated 14th century barn screening mainstream blockbusters, live opera and ballet and independent art-house productions. Our Great Hall – used for Concerts, Conferences & Weddings – completes our listed courtyard, built in 1388 by John Holand, Earl of Huntingdon and Duke of Exeter, half-brother of Richard II . The team is looking forward to working in partnership with Plymouth University Hotel School to provide real world learning experiences. Our partnership will aim to support the University in its ambition to develop student learning in relation to sustainability, social enterprise, social responsibility, ethical business practices, innovation and entrepreneurship in hospitality contexts. The partnership will also aim to support Dartington’s emerging strategy of community resilience particularly through learning, improving inclusion and supporting jobs. Finally, the partnership will aim to develop plans that could lead to the co-creation of value for all parties including work placements, project work, and collaborative enterprises.
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
The Copthorne Hotel Plymouth is pleased to be working with Plymouth University in support of the development of tomorrow’s talent. The plan is to welcome first year students into the hotel to shadow managers or supervisors and to be trained across different departments, to allow them to develop an understanding of the way a real commercial hotel business works. This should allow students to engage fully in all aspects of the experience, to enhance motivation, to learn actively and to ask questions to always understand ‘why’. This practical element of the students’ work is designed to complement theory and enhance learning. The managers and staff at the Copthorne Hotel Plymouth have a long history of working to support student learning and this new initiative is a natural development that should mean students can gain that all important relevant and real experience during their first study period at university.
Students benefit from a long-standing relationship and partnership with Hilton Worldwide. The international hotel chain offers a number of exclusive placement opportunities in their hotels from Hilton Worldwide in the South West of England and many students have further benefited from graduate positions as a result of a successful placement year. Alongside this partnership, additional positions have been offered in Prague, Spain, and Brussels, and students have also managed to secure their own placements in Brisbane and, more recently, in the Seychelles! The Plymouth University Hotel School and Hilton Worldwide seek to expand on the partnership through additional opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and skills.
UCSP: University Commercial Services Plymouth
Part of the idea behind enhancing employability and promoting a work ethic culture amongst students is to offer experiences in a diverse range of situations spanning both private sector and institutional hospitality provision. As such, we are delighted that our own University-based catering service providers are one of our key partners in the delivery of the Hotel School concept. By partnering with our colleagues in UCSP we can provide students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a range of challenging business contexts right here on campus from grab ‘n’ go service at ‘Loafers’ through to contributing towards service provision at a range of ad hoc events that take place across the campus throughout the academic year.