Universities & colleges

Students are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from. Universities and colleges are in a unique position to provide environmentally friendly food to a receptive audience and reinforce a longer-term change in buying and eating habits.

Thousands of meals are served to Catering Mark Standards in 31 universities every day, providing reassurance to students and staff that the food they are eating meets high standards of traceability, provenance and freshness.

The People and Planet Green League's sustainable food criteria now recognises universities who have achieved the Catering Mark.

Achieving the Catering Mark will put you in the best position to meet the growing demand for fresh, traceable and trustworthy food.

"I would wholeheartedly recommend the Catering Mark. It helped us remove a number of banned substances from our menus which can be 'hidden' if you don’t ask the right questions of suppliers and caterers.”  Dave Morton, Catering Manager, Winchester University

Watch an online seminar from Ivan Hopkins (Nottingham Trent University) explaining how he and his team achieved Silver.

Award holders





 Where are we now?

  • Over 6,000 schools

  • 300 nurseries

  • Working with 30+ universities

  • 75% of London Boroughs

  • 6 hospitals

  • 25% of English schools

  • 8 Scottish authorities for their school meals


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