Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Eating on campus

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

The University’s catering operations are managed by Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE). They encompass 17 commercial retail outlets, the John McIntyre Centre at Pollock Halls of Residence, a commercial fine dining division, a delivered catering service and a hotel with a breakfast room and bistro.

ACE are committed to a range of responsible practices including:

  • Local sourcing
  • Reducing food miles
  • Seasonality
  • Fairly traded and ethical foods
  • Reducing food waste to landfill

Find out more in our Good Food Policy and on the ACE Good Food page

Facts about sustainable food at the University

  • Our milk and dairy is sourced from Scottish farms
  • 90% of our beef is Scottish
  • Our fish comes from Scottish waters and we don’t serve species on the Marine Stewardship Council’s list of 'Fish to Avoid'
  • We only use free range eggs
  • Our tea, coffee and hot chocolate are Fairtrade
  • Our rice is fairly traded from Malawi through a special partnership with Just Trading Scotland
  • Over 12,000 reusable Keep Cups have been sold in University catering outlets since they were introduced in 2011
  • Our waste cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel


Reducing food waste on campus

Learn how food waste is reduced at Pollock Halls of Residence in this "Pollocks to Waste" video.