Coronavirus information and guidance

Food

Local ingredients, more plant-based meals and less waste are our priorities for a better future. Learn what we do within the University, what initiatives there are in town, and how we work globally to make food choices for a better future. 

At the University

We work continuously on making our services in student catering, school cafeterias and at conferences more sustainable. Since 2019, we have seen:

  • a 60% increase in food bought from local food suppliers such as Balgove Larder and Fisher & Donaldson
  • a 50% increase in plant-based food choices by having the same or more plant-based options on the menu as meat
  • 1,056 fewer food supply vehicles on the roads by changing logistics
  • a 100% reduction of single-use plastic bottles disposed by using refillable glass bottles instead
  • over 23,000 hot drinks saved from going into a disposable cup by providing a discount to students and staff bringing their reusable cup.

In St Andrews

Buying local products is good for the environment and for our small community, and helps us understand the growth and impact of food. Contribute to a better future, support local farmers and educate yourself by getting involved. Our town offers:

  • Edible Garden sessions. This initiative allows you to grow, harvest and eat your own food. The 16 gardens in St Andrews are open for everyone. Get involved by emailing transition@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • The Tree - a local student cooperative. The Tree connects local producers with consumers so that you can buy fresh vegetables and products from Fife. Get involved by emailing thetree@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • The Fife Farmer's Market is held on the first Saturday every month at Argylle Car Park and Market Street.  

Scotland and beyond 

Through food, we make choices about climate, social justice, equality and much more. We work with Fairtrade to buy better food while educating and prompting the market to make a change. To date, we have:

  • achieved the highest University Fairtrade status
  • held several events increasing awareness of food and its relation to social justice, equality and the environment
  • collaborated with student societies such as the feminist society, the Students' Association's Environment Subcommittee, and the Sustainable Development Society during Fairtrade Fortnight
  • purchased 30,000 face coverings for students and staff made in Scotland by Fairtrade cotton.

Students and staff can get involved by emailing fairtrade@st-andrews.ac.uk