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Fairtrade Gold Award for the University of Bath

📥  Bars and eateries, Fairtrade

Su Steenberg with University of Bath's Fairtrade Gold award

On Friday 11 March we received a Fairtrade Gold award in the category of Best Fairtrade University or College in the South West 2016.

It's the second year running that we've been given the award and we're absolutely delighted that our continued support for the Fairtrade Foundation has been so successful.

Su Steenberg, PA to Director of AHS/Project Coordinator, was at the awards and collected the certificate on behalf of the University.

The event took place at the At-Bristol Science Centre and hosted by ethical beauty and wellbeing expert, Liz Earle MBE, whose range of Fairtrade Gold jewellery was recently displayed at The Edge.

Following on from Fairtrade Fortnight, the ceremony continued the Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up For Farmers campaign which highlights the plight of poorly paid farmers in developing countries. This is something that is at the very core of the Fairtrade initiative.

There were 68 organisations shortlisted for the awards, including the University of Bath. Between us we've spent nearly £500,000 on Fairtrade products, making a massive difference to the lives of producers in developing countries.


Special guests for Fairtrade Fortnight

📥  Fairtrade

We're very excited this Fairtrade Fortnight. Each year we work hard to promote Fairtrade products, especially so during these two weeks, and we have some very special guests arriving on campus to talk to us about Fairtrade during the campaign.

On Wednesday 9 March at 1.30pm we'll be hosting an afternoon of special events in The Edge.

We'll hear talks from Michael Gidney, the chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, and Ana Maria, a Nicaraguan Fairtrade producer. There will also be short films, presentations and a panel discussion.

Michael Gidney became Fairtrade Foundation CEO in December 2012, having previously been deputy executive director from 2009. He sat on the Fairtrade board between 2002 and 2008. Before working with the Fairtrade Foundation he was a teacher in Kenya.

He said, “Fairtrade can provide farmers and workers with the skills and confidence to secure significant benefits for their communities.

“We have made fantastic progress over the last few years in taking the idea of Fairtrade to the mainstream, but there is much more still to do. Too many producers are still too vulnerable to the volatility of globalised trade.

"We need to reach more farmers and workers in developing countries, with tools that are relevant to them today, and to do that we must find new ways of engaging more UK companies.”

One of those farmers in developing countries is Ana Maria Gonzalez Narvaez, a 56-year-old Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee and cocoa farmer.

Ana Maria is in Bristol for two weeks, invited by the Bristol Link With Nicaragua and Bristol Fairtrade. She'll be visiting schools in the city, and on Wednesday 9 March she'll be here at the University of Bath, talking to us in The Edge about her experiences and how Fairtrade has helped her.

Ana Maria is a single parent. She's already raised her own, grown up son, but she also looks after two younger children for her neighbour. She is a member of the Julio Hernandez Co-operative which is made up of 42 small-holder farmers and was set up in 2002 as part of the SOPPEXCCA union of co-ops.

Ana Maria also grows beans and corn on her small-holding and keeps goats.

This is her first time travelling outside Nicaragua, so we hope you all give her and Michael Gidney a big University of Bath welcome.

Running order

1.30pm to 2pm: Welcome and introduction by Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lambert. Presentation by Ana Maria.

2pm to 2.25pm: Michael Gidney talk. Introduced by Mayor of Bath.

2.25pm to 3pm: Discussion of University of Bath Fairtrade work by Iain Davies. Showing of Roy Maconachie’s Fairtrade film.


Fairtrade Fortnight

📥  Bars and eateries, Fairtrade

Each year we help Fairtrade Foundation to celebrate, support and promote their global trade initiatives through Fairtrade Fortnight.

This year Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from Monday 29 February to Sunday 13 March.

Over the course of two weeks, we'll be hosting special events and selling limited edition Fairtrade products across our bar and eateries.

This year the focus of the Fairtrade Fortnight is on breakfast, and on Monday 29 February customers will be able to start the day with Fairtrade chocolate brownies and banana loaf served in lime tree, Claverton Rooms and Wessex Restaurant from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Staff holding breakfast meetings in those venues on Monday 29 February will also get a free slice of Fairtrade cake if they order Fairtrade tea and coffee for the meeting in advance through

On Wednesday 9 March at 1.30pm we'll be hosting an afternoon of special events in The Edge.

Beginning at 1.30pm, we'll hear talks from Michael Gidney, the chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, and Ana Maria, a Nicaraguan Fairtrade producer. There will also be short films, presentations and a panel discussion .

Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight on the Fairtrade website.

Fresh Start

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Fairtrade, Students

Welcome to 2016 and welcome back to the University to staff and students! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

Here in ahs we're ready and raring to go for a fabulous 2016.

We're kicking things off with a healthy eating campaign, #FreshStart, aimed at getting students to tuck in to the many fruit, veg and salad options in our eateries.

You'll see posters up around campus, on The Parade and around accommodation buildings, promoting the great range of healthy food and drinks available in places like lime tree, Fountain Canteen and Sports Cafe.

We're also running a competition on social media as part of the campaign in which students can win a whole hamper full of healthy snacks and treats.

January has also seen the students working hard revising, preparing for and taking their exams. It's obviously a very important time of their studies and we've been trying to help in any way we can, promoting web content we created with Team Bath to give students advice on how to eat well during the exam period.

At the end of last year, Studentpad - the student accommodation search engine - updated its listings with all the private sector housing for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students looking for private sector housing from September 2016 can come to the West Accommodation Centre and talk to our staff to discuss all things housing-related.

Any queries - whether it's rent, contracts, deposits, where to live, how to budget or anything else - we can help. Visit us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

We've also been shortlisted for the South West Fairtrade Awards 2016. After winning Gold last year, we're hopeful of repeating our success this time around.

If we do, it will be the perfect way to prepare for the Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations starting on 29 February.


A green autumn

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Fairtrade, Green Week, Security, Students' Union

Well, autumn is well and truly here. After a lovely start to the month, it's all gone rather damp, overcast and cold, but we're not going to let that stop us enjoying life on campus!

There are loads of things that ahs are getting involved with in October and moving into November.

We're supporting the Students' Union with their Go Green Week initiative between Monday 26 and Friday 30 October.

We've given away free munchboxes on the parade, promoted meat-free meal offers, we're running a Fairtrade stall and supporting the SU at the Cycle Cinema event by providing Fairtrade hot chocolate at the event on Friday 30 October.

In addition to that we've been encouraging students to save energy and recycle through the Student Switch Off and Less Landfill, More Planet campaigns across our student residences.

These initiatives run throughout the year and at the end of it, those groups who have saved the most energy and recycled the most waste will win prizes.

This helps to instill an environmental conscientiousness that we hope our students will take with them into their post-University lives.

Also, throughout October we've been celebrating the Great Bath Feast, with special offers in Parade Bar & Grill, Fountain Canteen and Wessex Restaurant. In fact, you can still take advantage of the main course and dessert for £10 offer in Wessex Restaurant until Friday 30 October.

Looking forward to November, a number of our ahs colleagues in the Security team are raising money and awareness for men's health charities as they join the Movember movement.

Dubbing themselves Securi-Mo, the seven security mo-bros are back after their brilliant £600 contribution to the cause in 2014.

We'll be tracking their progress, so keep an eye on @UniBathEvents and @UniBathEat for updates.

You can make a donation through their page on the Movember website, or in the library where Kate Robinson has kindly allowed the guys to put a sponsorship box. You can find that on the security desk near the entrance.

Good luck boys! We'll let you know how they get on in next month's blog.