The latest updates for participants in the Fairtrade University and College Award. Choose your cohort from the list below:

2020 – 2022

2019 – 2021

2018 – 2020

2017 – 2018

2021 – 2023 Cohort

Applications for the 2021-2023 Fairtrade University and College Award programme are now closed. Applications for the 2022-2024 programme will open in the Autumn term.

2020 – 2022 cohort

There are currently 36 institutions across the UK working towards a Fairtrade University and College Award as part of the 2020-2022 cohort.

The deadline for toolkit submission is 1 April 2022. Audits will take place in Spring 2022 and successful institutions will be awarded next Summer. Please email if you have any queries.

New criteria

We are delighted to bring you an update regarding three new criteria introduced to the Fairtrade University and College Award programme for 2020-2022. These are optional criteria and sit within the Research and Curriculum area of the Award programme. 

First, we are offering teaching staff at your institution the opportunity to join the new Fairtrade Directory of Supporting Academics. This directory provides the details of academic staff who have a research interest related to Fairtrade. This professional development position may involve guiding students on Fairtrade research topics, collaborating with other researchers in the field and building a stronger network of Fairtrade expertise across the UK. Joining the Directory will fulfil criterion RC007. 

Second, partnerships are encouraged to connect their work on Fairtrade with decolonising its curriculum, by providing students with more opportunities to learn through the lens of producers. Providing students with these opportunities will fulfil criterion RC008. 

Finally, if a partnership has commenced or completed the process of validating a module specialising in the topic of Fairtrade, ethical consumption and trade justice, this will fulfil criterion RC009. 

Join the Network

Networking with other institutions signed up to the Award is a fantastic way to inspire and inform your work on Fairtrade. Email Jo Williamson at to join the Fairtrade University Networking Group. To keep up-to-date with news and reminders from the Fairtrade University and College Award team, sign up to our Fairtrade University and College newsletter.

2019 – 2021 Cohort


The below institutions successfully achieved a Fairtrade University and College Award in June 2021, as participants on the 2019-2021 FTUC Award programme:

  • Buckinghamshire New University & Students’ Union
  • University of Bristol & Students’ Union (1 star)
  • University of Chichester & Students’ Union (1 star)
  • University of Worcester & Students’ Union

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2018 – 2020 Cohort


The below institutions successfully achieved a Fairtrade University and College Award in June 2020, as participants on the 2018-2020 FTUC Award programme:

  • Arts University Bournemouth (3 star)
  • Kings College London (1 star)
  • London Metropolitan University (1 star)
  • Middlesex University (3 star)
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Strathclyde University
  • University College London (1 star)
  • University of Derby
  • University of Huddersfield (1 star)
  • University of Oxford (1 star)
  • University of St Andrews (2 stars)
  • University of Exeter (1 star)


12 universities have achieved Fairtrade status in nationwide Fairtrade University and College Award

Call for case studies

Is your institution listed in the table above? If you would like to submit a case study for our website, please complete this application form and send it to Check out this case study on Middlesex University for inspiration.

2017 – 2018 Pilot cohort


  • University of Brighton
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Leeds
  • Walsall College
  • University of Ulster
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh College
  • Forth Valley College
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Oxford Brookes

Press releases

Fairtrade and NUS pilot new university and college award scheme