Sustainable Food

University of Wales Trinity Saint David aims to embed sustainability across all activities, operations and the University culture.

The University is committed to sourcing food from local producers and suppliers and supports environmentally sustainable, ethical food. 

Sustainable Food Policy

Sustainable Food Policy has been developed to reduce any negative environmental impacts of catering services at the University through committed actions established by the Catering Department. The policy applies to the University's catering outlets on the Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses, and delivers sustainable hospitality through a range of commitments. The policy is reported to and reviewed annually at our Fairtrade & Sustainable Food Steering Group.

A Fairtrade University

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to be a Fairtrade University and has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade goods, food and drink as much as possible through the Fairtrade Policy. We serve Fairtrade products across all of our University campuses and encourage staff and students to consider fair trade in their purchasing decisions.

The Fairtrade Policy and the results of our annual UWTSD Fairtrade & Sustainable Food Survey provides a summary of the Fairtrade Steering Group's aims and provides direction for our work for the academic year. You can read more about our progress towards the action plan and our activities in the UWTSD Group Fairtrade Report 2017-18!

If you are student and are interested in working with our Sustainability Delivery Team and Catering department to help raise awareness of Fairtrade and Sustainable Food or organise the next Fairtrade Fortnight, you can apply to be an INSPIRE intern.

Procurement Policy

The University is committed to sourcing locally-produced, ethical, sustainable food. To view our pledge in full, please read our Food Procurement Policy.

First UK University with Food for Life Gold Catering Mark

UWTSD is proud to be the first university in the UK to achieve a Food for Life Gold Catering Mark from the Soil Association for its banqueting and events services across all campuses. This prestigious award reflects our commitment to sourcing ethical, environmentally sustainable food, using local producers and suppliers, and to providing a range of healthy options for our staff and students. Our Local Produce Map , which can be found in our catering outlets, promotes our use of locally sourced, ethical and environmentally sustainable food. 

Read more about our Silver and Gold Awards here.

The Catering Team openly invites customer feedback, via feedback forms, at the University’s catering outlets. Already, we have introduced free drinking water across all catering outlets, in response to feedback and as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our environmental impact.

Green Gown Awards Finalist

We are delighted to have been a finalist in the Food and Drinks category of the 2015 Sustainability Exchange Green Gown Awards. Please read our case study to learn more about our efforts to adopt greener practices and educate and inspire the local community around sustainable food.

Promoting Sustainable Food in the Community

To raise awareness of where food comes from and the diversity of locally-grown, seasonal produce, UWTSD opened an allotment in 2015. Located next to the Carmarthen Campus’ sports centre, the allotment is planted, tended and harvested by local school children, parents, university staff and children from our on-site crèche.

In this ongoing initiative, fruit and vegetables grown in the allotment are used in university recipes and sold via our catering outlets. Our first batch of courgette muffins, made from home-grown produce, were a huge hit with University café customers and the adults and children who lovingly tended and harvested the crop.

Students are also invited to exercise their green fingers at the Lampeter Allotment. Opened in 2015, the student-led team is working hard to transform previously unused land into a lush garden of organic vegetables, fruit and herbs. Follow the team on Facebook to find out more.

Supporting People in Need through Our Food Bank Project

On campus, we encourage all of our students to contribute unopened, non-perishable items of food to the local Carmarthen and Lampeter food banks via our University halls of residence. All food collected helps to prevent local families from going hungry. Find out how to get involved here.