Fairtrade to Anglia Ruskin University

Published: 20 February 2007 at 09:50

Anglia Ruskin University has this week (26.02.07) been officially designated a ‘Fairtrade University’. The University, with its dual campus locations at Cambridge and Chelmsford, has just been awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation in recognition of its efforts in promoting and selling Fairtrade products.

To become a Fairtrade University five goals must be met which include; the Creation of a Fairtrade policy, Introduction of a steering committee to oversee the policy, the sale of Fairtrade foods in all shops, restaurants and bars on campus, the serving of Fairtrade foods at meetings hosted by the University and Student Union and the promotion of Fairtrade across the campus.

Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University said:

“We assign great importance to our roles and responsibilities within the wider global community and are committed to support, use and promote Fairtrade products.”

“This is a great achievement for everyone who has worked hard over the last 18 months to put us into the group of around 35 universities across the UK to be given official Fairtrade status.”

The universal effort to put Anglia Ruskin University into the Fairtrade University ranking was supported by a number of separate sections of the University including the Cambridge Chaplaincy, the Catering Department, the Community Development and Environment Departments at the University, the Students’ Union and the Student Societies, Roots & Shoots and People & Planet. There has also been external support from local organisations who have contributed to the campaign.

Anglia Ruskin University will be promoting the Fairtrade fortnight which runs from 26 February to 11 March 2007.  Activities include a Fairtrade staff v student football match, information displays and Fairtrade tasting opportunities.

For more information, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/fairtrade