Veggy Vegan - UWE Students` Union

Happier, Healthier Students
To introduce more vegetarian/vegan options
to all UWE students.
● To make more vegetarian/vegan options available to students.
● To offer new/creative options to students.
● Raise awareness of students of why it is important to eat healthy
● To insure student participation on choosing what is being served in
the canteen.
● To improve upon the relationship between students and UWE
Why do we need access to a greater variety of
Veggie/Vegan foods?
Health benefits - reduces the likelihood of Heart Diseases; as many fatty red and processed meats are high in
saturated fats which raises LDL, the bad cholesterol. It shrink the cancer risk; that foods with high levels of fat
artificially boost the hormones that promote cancer. A large scale 2010 from Imperial College London found that
those who ate meat or chicken constantly gained more weight over five years than those who ate less meat, even
if they consumed the same amount of calories overall.
Animal rights - stand up for animals; these animals suffer greatly in tiny cages, pens, crates before enduring
frequently cruel slaughter practices.
Something New and creative to the menu
Environmental reasons - raising cattle for beef and milk spews more greenhouse gases (2006 U. N Food &
Agriculture Organization report) livestock industry wreaks havoc on our land & water taking up vast amounts of
scarce resources and polluting the waterways more than probably any other industry.
Ethical reasons
It came from the student voice (feedback cards and survey) student on glenside raised an item on the agenda at
SQC in regards to the lack of vegetarian food at Glenside.
Examples of other universities
1) Nottingham Trent University achieved a “Silver catering mark”: gaining 150 points
for silver by completing all of its criteria: Environmentally sustainable and ethical
food, championing local food and making healthy eating easy. For example,
changing to local suppliers, communicating with customers, eliminating health
issues by freshly preparing foods etc.
2) Nottingham University nominated for PETA2 US’s first most vegetarian friendly
UK Universities list.
3) Edinburgh University – each semester they put on regular potlucks to discover
fantastic recipes, share culinary talents and meet a diverse crowd. They organise
meal out at vegetarian restaurants etc., the Vegetarian society also has vegetarian
and vegan cooking workshops.
4) University of Bristol vegetarian society hold regular social events, activities,
restaurant tips, cooking events and so much more. Once join students get discounts
at local veggie restaurants and outlets.
We composed a survey that was taken by 147 students. This survey produced a range of interesting statistics.
58 out of the 147 students said they would be more inclined to eat in the catering unit if there were more vegetarian
and Vegan options on offer and 78 people said it was ‘very important’ that catering provided vegetarian and vegan
Another important find was- 121 out of the 147 students said they ate meat and 99 of them said if there was a better
variety of vegetarian and vegan food on offer they would choose to have it.
Student feedback
‘’more sushi, more low calorie food, clear calorie content in the food, more healthy food like salads etc’’
‘’more mix and match / build you own meal kinda thing’’
‘’Sushi, falafel, more salads..’’
‘’would like to see more sushi and more exciting veggy options. A cheese or egg sandwich/pie just doesn't cut it. i would like to see
vegetable tagines or Mediterranean veg lasagna. chickepea and butterbean stews/currys. Falafals and world food too-especially asian are
usually meat free and yummy.’’
‘’Asian food, fusion food. Sushi and Caribbean food. More citing salad rather than boring usual’’
‘’Good warm sushi, chinese chicken, thai and indian food’’
‘’More world food’’
‘’Traditional foods from many different cultures. Low fat, sugar etc with traditional foods and provides education and inspiration into food.’’
‘’less heavy food with less bread eg use wraps instead.also lots of veggie food is eggs and cheese - why not feg elafel and chilli sauce and
salade , more humous and so on’’
‘’Homely world food for overseas students, things that are comforting and nice. Food like Matzo ball soup would be great and other
traditional foods for different groups like traditional Pakistani foods that would be good for Hala students’’
What do we want?
1. To provide more veggie/vegan food options at Frenchay and satellite
2. To provide more creative healthy options
3. To involve students in Catering decisions.
4. To Raise student awareness of the health, environmental and ethical
values of eating less meat.
5. To promote the good work the catering unit are doing already and intend
to do
6. Win an award for also being a vegetarian friendly UK University
How do we achieve our objectives?
Set up an action group of students and catering unit staff to meet regularly and brainstorm ideas for
Promote vegetarian food at Freshers by engaging with students and offering free tasters and cooking
subsidising the price of vegetarian food or offering bigger portions than meat alternative
Taking inspiration from restaurants such as roll for the soul and cafe Kino. Having meat as the alternative rather
than vegetarian.
Meat free mondays
Having different themed weeks/days
Entice people to choose vegetarian/healthier option by advertising the calorie fat count.
Provide a free vegetarian taster with the meat option
Have a ‘green’ loyalty card. Get a stamp when they choose a veggie option - offer incentives such as 8th meal free
or a free drink.
Make the options fun and creative
Insure what the catering unit is doing is visual to build up a good repertoire with students
Fun and creative ideas - Having competition every week and base on the best dish students come up with, could
be on the university’s menu for that week. This is getting everyone to participate. This is building up a good
relationship between students and the canteen.
References (6 reasons to eat less
meat by Amy Deusen)

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