Food has a large impact on our physical health, mental wellbeing and the environment.

The team at Chartwells, our catering partners, work hard to improve their offer of freshly prepared, healthy, affordable, ethical and sustainable food, that is of course delicious, and have achieved the Sustainable Restaurant Assocation 3 star Food Made Good Sustainability Award in 2023. You can view our certificate here

We are also proud to be one of only three universities to achieve 3 star Fairtrade University status, within the Fairtrade Universities & Colleges scheme, ran by Fairtrade Foundation and SOS-UK.

As a University, we commit to promoting plant-based and low-carbon meals as well as minimising food waste in order to reduce our environmental impact. We host a coffee cup tax to encourage the use of reusable coffee cups and have installed water refill points across our campuses to support our staff, students and guests avoid single-use plastic water bottles.

Visit our People and Policies page to see the most up to date policies: Sustainable and Ethical Food Policy, Sustainable Procurement Policy and Fairtrade Policy. 

Over 50% of the food served in Fusion Building and by SUBU was vegetarian or vegan in 2019/20
3 star
We are a 3 star Fairtrade University, and achieved a 3 star Food Made Good award from SRA
single-use plastic items including sauce packets and takeaway containers have been removed from our catering operations

Alice Evans

BSc Nutrition student, who completed a work placement with Chartwells

"This placement was a brilliant opportunity to learn so many new technical skills that I’m excited to use in my future career. The whole process was very rewarding, especially because the final range of products are available nationally to buy and enjoy!

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Hear from our supplier

Chartwells at Bournemouth University is delighted to have achieved a 3 star rating in the Sustainable Restaurant Association Food Made Good Sustainability standard – the highest possible rating."

Shane Wilson – Catering Manager Talbot Campus