Social Responsibility and Sustainability


The University of Edinburgh is committed to sustainable food practices.

Good Food knife and fork

Recognising that many aspects of the current global food system are unsustainable, the University aims to contribute to the creation of a sustainable food system that enriches society and the environment.

We will do this by providing healthy, sustainable and affordable food to the University community. We also aim to give staff and students the opportunity to take practical actions and participate in academic debates around this complex issue.

For more information about how we are working to promote a sustainable food system, please contact Alexis Heeren.

Alexis Heeren

Projects Coordinator

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  • Alexis became interested in engagement after facilitating a course to help University members cut their carbon footprints. Alexis leads our Office Awards programme and coordinates the department's sustainable food activities.

Good Food Policy

SRS Good Food green on white banner
Guided by our Good Food Policy, the University takes a whole institution approach to food and its connection to health and sustainability.

Get Involved

There are many ways to be involved in the sustainable food movement both on campus and in the city.

Eating on campus

Students at DHT cafe
As the largest university in Scotland we recognise that our food procurement and provision has an impact on the environment, the economy and society.

5 steps to good food

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Good Food is food and drink that is tasty, healthy, good for the environment and good for the people who make it.

Research and Study

Food research
Whether you're interested in the anthropology of food, food security, public health or food production, you will find opportunities to engage in academic discourses around food and sustainability at the University.


The University collaborates in city-wide efforts to build a resilient local food system and transform food in our capital.

Our Awards

The University has won an array of awards that recognise our commitment to sustainable food practices.

Support and advice

Resources to help you eat sustainably.