Universities

All across the UK, students and university and college staff are doing great things to make their campuses more ethical.

What is a Fairtrade University or College?

 

Thousands of people pass through the doors of Oxford Brookes every year and each one of those people is a potential ambassador to go out and spread the word about Fairtrade throughout the world. The awareness that this is raising among the students and staff at the university will help make a better future for producers in the developing world..

 Rex Knight 

Deputy Vice Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University

A Fairtrade University or College is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade.

Supporters ensure that as many Fairtrade products as possible, including food, drink and clothing, are available in as many places as possible in and around their university or college. Increasing the use and sales of Fairtrade products can have a huge impact for producers and their communities.

They also raise awareness of Fairtrade with students and staff and the benefits that it brings to workers and farmers in developing countries.

The Fairtrade Universities and Colleges scheme started in 2003 when Oxford Brookes University became the first Fairtrade University. It was quickly joined by the University of Birmingham and then the scheme really took off as students across the country took up the challenge. There are now over 170 Fairtrade Universities and Colleges in the UK, with many more working towards status.

Why become a Fairtrade University or College?

Rex Knight, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University, says his institution is proud to be at the forefront of Fairtrade and spreading the word about its work.

‘When Brookes became the world’s first Fairtrade University, it was an important step towards large institutions recognising their global responsibility. We were proud to be a part of that. And we were proud to be able to initiate a wave of Fairtrade Universities throughout the UK.

Thousands of people pass through the doors of Oxford Brookes every year and each one of those people is a potential ambassador to go out and spread the word about Fairtrade throughout the world. The awareness that this is raising among the students and staff at the university will help make a better future for producers in the developing world. We are delighted that Oxford city itself is now a part of that movement and will be spreading the same message.’

  • Becoming a Fairtrade university or college

    Everything you need to know about how to become a Fairtrade university or college.

  • Stocking Fairtrade at your university

    Students can encourage their institution and its student union to stock Fairtrade goods, food and drink wherever possible.

  • Top tips for Fairtrade universities

    Not sure where to start your campaign to achieve Fairtrade University or College status? Here are our top tips to get you started.

  • Case Study: Bournemouth University

    If you need ideas for your university or college’s Fairtrade campaign, take a look at what Bournemouth University and its team of students and staff have done for inspiration. 

  • Take action now

    Take up the fight for trade justice! Get your university involved in campaigns and events taking place across the UK and do your bit.
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