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 University and College 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 this Autumn.

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.

  Supported Membership    

Basic Membership
 Higher Education Institutions   

£2,135 +VAT

£1,085 + VAT

 Further Education Institutions   

£1,135 +VAT

£665 + VAT

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 University and College 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 (this is solely for interest and payment will not be taken until you have confirmed your place).

Register your interest

What does this mean for existing Fairtrade Universities and Colleges?

The current Fairtrade University and College Award has now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. All new applications will need to be through the new award.

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 your existing award continues into 2019 you will be sent another ident with the year ‘2019’ on it.

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.