Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Good Food Policy

The University of Edinburgh is committed to sustainable food practices. Our Good Food Policy takes a whole institution approach to food and its connection to health and sustainability.

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The University aims to contribute to sustainable food systems that enrich society and our natural environment.

In August 2016, we approved our first Good Food Policy to drive progress in five key areas: sourcing, provision, practice, research learning & teaching and leadership & culture.

We are committed to providing healthy, sustainable and affordable food to the University community. We also aim to support staff and student-led projects and research to enhance food sustainability at the University.

The Good Food Policy was developed by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS), the Department for Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) and the Procurement Office.  Our departments work together to implement the policy.

Learn more about the Good Food Policy

Download Good Food Policy documents:


ACE manage the University’s catering operations and hold a number of sustainable catering awards, ACE are committed to a range of responsible practices including sourcing locally, reducing food miles, seasonality, buying fairly traded and ethical products and minimising food waste.


Find out more about Good Food on the ACE website

Get advice about Good Food for students