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Staff benefits update

27 Mar 2014

Tastecard launch – Free month’s trial available for all staff.


The University has negotiated an exclusive deal with Tastecard, the UK’s No 1 dining club, to give you a fantastic, no obligation, free trial.

As a member, you can enjoy exclusive deals at over 7,000 restaurants across the UK and Ireland! With your free 30 Day Membership, you can get:

  • 50% off (the total food bill)
  • Two for one meals (across all courses)
  • Up to 70% Hotels (Tastecard+)
  • Up to 50% Dining (Tastecard+)
  • Up to 60% Entertainment (Tastecard+)
  • Up to 50% Days Out (Tastecard+)

Using a Tastecard is as easy as one, two, three

  1. Search the Tastecard website or download the free app to search Tastecard restaurant.
  2. Choose a restaurant and book a table.
  3. Enjoy your meal and present your Tastecard to receive either 50% off your total food bill or two for one discount across courses.

Top restaurants accepting Tastecard includes La Tasca, ASK Italian, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, PizzaExpress, Zizzi & Prezzo - to Michelin rated and AA rosette establishments from Marco Pierre White, Gregg Wallace to Cyrus Todiwala!


Included with your Tastecard membership, you have complimentary access to Tastecard+ during your free trial!

Tastecard plus is our exclusive members’ only access area where we have hundreds of discounts, offers, competitions and giveaways to help you save money on even more than just dining out! Everything from discounted hotels; theatre offers; special dining discounts at Michelin Star and AA Rosette restaurants, to reduced price days out and competitions giving you chance to win fantastic holidays!

How to claim

It’s simple to apply for your free trial Tastecard through The University of Manchester - simply register by midnight on Thursday, 10 April at:

All trial membership cards will be dispatched shortly after.

You don’t need to provide any payment details - simply supply your name, email and address, then your free Tastecard will be sent to you.

Anyone who takes out a free trial will then have the option to purchase a full 12 month membership at £34.99. Once the free trial window ends anyone can join for £34.99 for a full 12 month membership up until 30 May 2014.

Quick reminders

  • Perkz exclusive prize draw – last chance to enter and win four tickets to see Shrek the Musical in Manchester.  A winner will be selected at random from all staff that have visited the Perkz site in March 2014.
  • The Hallé has discount on their Spooks and Spies concert – see The Hallé offer.
  • Cake and Bake Show prize draw - Thank you to all those who entered the Cake and Bake show prize draw. Sorry that some of you were disappointed. For anyone still interested in attending you can still buy tickets at 50% discount via one of our discount providers Last Second Tickets


Have a sunny week and if you want to share any suggestions or feedback, email: