Becoming a Fairtrade university or college

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

Following on from the news that we are revising the Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Award, we can now share some details about the exciting changes coming up.

We are coming to the end of our pilot year working with twelve universities and colleges across the UK who have added invaluable feedback into the development of the new award. The criteria is still being reviewed in preparation for the new award officially launching from 1 September 2018.

The new award recognises a wider range of ways that institutions are engaging with Fairtrade, and offers greater opportunity to develop activities year on year. It will work differently in that institutions will need to register and pay as they start to work on the award, in order to gain access to the support and resources on offer.

Membership Levels and Fees

There will be two membership levels, supported and basic. They will have the following membership fees for a two year period. The final fee will be confirmed before 1 September 2018.

Fairtrade University Membership Fees Information Table

Basic Membership

Basic Membership is suitable for partnerships who have already gained accreditation, are well established and feel confident to reach or maintain their desired accreditation level with minimal support and direction from the NUS-Fairtrade team.

Basic membership includes:

  • Access to a nationally researched, devised and annually updated online toolkit to track progress
  • Access to an online resource bank of good practice
  • Reactive technical toolkit support
  • Access to additional online resources and templates, branding, national communications support, a series of peer learning webinars and support calls
  • Nationally-led and supported communications – coordination of representation at conferences, press releases, creation of additional support materials and templates
  • Use of Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Award branding and idents, demonstrating participation in the programme
  • Involvement in nationally-led proactive campaign work, additional to standard NUS ethical supply chain support
  • Once in each two year subscription: Recruitment support, nationally coordinated remote training, moderation of results, student certificates, generation of auditor reports
  • Once in each two year subscription: Accreditation standard and certificate/award, local feedback and national impact reports

Supported Membership

Supported Membership is recommended for all first-year applicants, and is suitable for partnerships that wish to be supported by the NUS-Fairtrade delivery team in order to gain or improve upon their achievement level within the award programme.

Supported Membership includes:

  • Basic membership as above
  • In-depth planning support meeting with your partnership to gain organisational buy-in, plan approach and set expectations
  • Regular ongoing one-to-one remote support that could include project planning, ideas generation and sharing of good practice
  • M&E processes to assess attitudinal and behaviour changes locally and nationally

If you would like to take part in the new award, please register your interest by filling out this form by 30 June (this is solely for interest and payment will not be taken until you have confirmed your place later in the year).

Please note that institutions will still be able to join the award after this date but early registration helps us to plan to give you the best support possible.

Register your interest

What does this mean for existing Fairtrade Universities and Colleges?

If you are working towards your current Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Award you will need to submit your application before 31 May, after this date we will no longer be accepting submissions.

If your current award is in date you should have been sent a new ident to use with the year on it. If you have not received this please contact us at

If you are a key contact for the award at your university or college and have not heard from us in the last few weeks, please contact us at the above email address to ensure that we have your correct details.