Our accreditations demonstrate our commitment to sustainable, ethical, healthy and locally-sourced food.

Fairtrade Status

Newcastle University was first recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade University in 2006; as of 1 June 2020 the University is classified as Working Towards Fairtrade as it completes the Fairtrade Foundation’s updated accreditation requirements. By working towards this accreditation, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and ethical trading. Some of the Fairtrade foods used and sold in our catering outlets include tea, coffee and sugar.

The Good Egg Award

The Good Egg Award celebrates companies who use only cage-free eggs or egg products. All of our eggs come from a cage-free local supplier.

The Heart of Newcastle Award

We were previously awarded The Heart of Newcastle Award by Newcastle City Council, which recognised food businesses in the city who promoted excellent standards of hygiene and healthy choices. Unfortunately the award is no longer operated by the Council but we continue to promote and provide healthy food and drink choices, and have excellent standards of food hygiene

Red Tractor Farm Assurance

We are members of the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme. The scheme encompasses food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection. Members believe it's important to know where your food comes from, that the basic welfare needs of sheep and cattle must not be compromised at any stage of their lives, and that farmers must ensure that their farming practices do not damage the environment.

The Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Scores on the Doors

This independent consumer information service supports the Food Standards Agency national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS). Our outlets display five stars (the highest rating) but soon the ratings will change to conform to this national scheme. In addition to the FHRS scheme, the Scores on the Doors service will publish additional local authority schemes such as Fair Trade and Healthy Eating.