We asked 485 UWE students what they think about sustainable food on campus. Here's what they told us...
We asked 485 UWE students what they thought about sustainable food on campus, asking students from Bower, Frenchay and Glenside campuses, keep reading to find out what we learned...
We are in conversations with the Community Farm about potentially a launching a local and organic veg box scheme at UWE on Frenchay campus which would be around £9.60 for a box. Some students mentioned that this may be too expensive for them, other students were very interested though and would like to support this local and regenerative farm.
We are going to use these findings to encourage UWE to improve the sustainable food options as well as signage to make to clearer which options are more environmentally friendly.
When asked if they had any other thoughts about food on campus in general, the responses fell into four main themes:
This was the most common theme, with 37 respondents specifically mentioning that they wanted more vegan or vegetarian options, these responses were from students from all three campus sites. Some of the responses are as follows:
Many students mentioned that the price of food on campus was too high, this was the second most common theme, 29 responses came within this theme, such as:
22 comments fell within this category, such as:
11 of these comments specifically mentioned that they wanted more African food, and 8 of these comments specifically mentioned wanting more halal options. All of these comments came from students based at Frenchay campus, showing us that there is more of a desire for culturally diverse food at Frenchay.
15 comments fell within this category, such as:
We used these responses to inform the Sustainability Committee’s campaign activities and events. We could see that the two most popular suggestions were a cooking class and a quiz so we incorporated both a cooking class and a sustainable food quiz into the campaign on sustainable food: Sustainable Food for All. We are also using this information to inform our Welcome planning for our Welcome period in September 2023, where we will run at least two cooking workshops, and perhaps incorporate a short quiz and / or talk about sustainable food.
Question: Rank the following items when deciding on food purchases: cost, taste, sustainability (Carbon Emissions, Water Usage, Organic, Food Mileage, Plant-based), convenience, nutrition.
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