Improving the Quality and Value of Food at UCA Policy
Valid from: 10 January 2018
Reviewal date: 10 January 2021
The Union notes:
- A survey was conducted across all areas of the University and Students’ Union.
- The survey, titled Big Ideas, stated that out of those asked 14.86% of students wanted improvements made within the catering department.
- The focus of the complaints concerning catering noted; pricing, quality, and choice of both vegetarian and vegan options.
The Union believes:
- That the current pricing is unacceptable and not suitable for students.
- That the meals should represent good value for money as students currently argue it does not.
- That healthier options should be available at a reasonable and student-friendly price.
- That as a diverse institution there should be more vegetarian and vegan options available.
- That as part of a healthy local community, the University should consider using local companies as their suppliers.
- That as a diverse institution options for people with different religious backgrounds should be catered for.
- That allergy information should be easily accessible for all food items sold.
The Union resolves:
- That the Executive Committee shall lobby the University to reconsider its pricing within the catering department.
- That the Executive Committee shall encourage the University to use locally sourced foods.
- That the Executive Committee shall lobby the University to remain an inclusive institution by providing more options, including vegan and vegetarian, on a daily basis.
- That the Executive Committee shall encourage healthy lifestyles by challenging the catering department on the promotion of healthy foods.
- That elected Executive Committee members shall work in partnership with catering departments to consistently liaise with students on the quality of their service.
- That the Executive Committee shall work closely with catering departments to make ensure religious beliefs and requirements are catered for.
- That the Executive Committee shall work with catering departments to ensure allergy information is clearly advertised and easily accessible to students on all products sold.