Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Our Awards

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

Sustainable Restaurant Association

In early 2015 we became the first university in Scotland to be recognised by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the UK's leading sustainability accreditation and membership body for the hospitality and food service sector. This rating is regarded as the Michelin star of sustainability.

The University was awarded Two Stars after completing the SRA's rigorous and wide-ranging assessment covering three pillars of sustainability - Sourcing, Society and Environment.

SRA website


Food for Life

The Soil Association’s Food For Life Catering Mark recognises food providers that are taking steps to improve the food they serve; using fresh, traceable and seasonal ingredients that are free from trans-fats and harmful additives and better for animal welfare.

We hold the Catering Mark at Bronze level for all student meals served in catered halls as well as the 12 catering retail outlets throughout the University. This adds up to over 1 million meals a year!

Read more about the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark


Fair trade

We have been a Fair trade University since 2004, making commitments to fair trade procurement, awareness-raising and research. Wherever possible we buy products that are fairly traded and our catering outlets continue to expand their range of fair trade products.

Read more about Fair Trade at the University


Food for the Brain

We were the first university in the UK to achieve the Food for the Brain Award and have maintained this award every year for the past eight years.

Food for the Brain is a non-profit educational charity that aims to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition.

Read more about our Food for the Brain accreditation


Healthy Living Award

All University catering outlets hold a Healthy Living Award from NHS Health Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Award recognises caterers who are making it easier for their customers to eat more healthily.

Visit the Healthy Living Award website


Good Egg

In 2014 we achieved the Good Egg Award in recognition of our commitment to use only free range whole / shell eggs throughout our catering operations.

Learn more about the Good Egg Award