Ethical catering

We believe the University of Winchester is a national leader in the area of Sustainable Catering. Committed to sustainability, we launched our LIFE brand which provides the foundation for our all our operations:


We promote the use of local suppliers, ensuring that our outlets always stock a number of local products. We only use free-range chicken and pork in our recipes and where possible, use locally reared animals across our range of menus.


We are an independent University caterer so we have the ability to use suppliers that best serve the needs of our customers.


Being fair and just is at the core of our philosophy, from offering Fairtrade products to dealing with customer comments or ensuring that our dishes are honestly priced and remain good value for money.


We strongly believe in high ethical standards. We encourage sustainable life choices and embrace good practices in our operation such as reducing food miles, promoting recycling and efficient waste management.

Through this initiative we are proud to say that:

  • Meals and menus are created using fresh, seasonal and ethical produce, with ingredients sourced from local and regional suppliers
  • Food miles are monitored and the number of catering deliveries made per week to campus has been minimised
  • Winchester is a Fairtrade University
  • The University is committed to animal welfare and uses free range eggs, chicken and pork and organic milk in all of its dishes for students and staff alike

Free-range meat

In 2010, in a move to broaden the understanding and awareness of the quality-assured supply chain, representatives from the University’s catering department, along with the University's Vice-Chancellor, visited Plantation Pigs, a Surrey-based free-range pig farm, to learn about the husbandry that goes into rearing quality, welfare-friendly pigs and the difference it makes to the resulting meat.

The visit was facilitated by the University's butcher supplier, Solent Butchers, in conjunction with Hampshire Fare, a food group whose aim is to raise awareness of local suppliers and their products. 'Free-range' pigs enjoy a natural free-range lifestyle to produce the finest quality pork. Independently inspected, chefs and their customers can be confident that the pork comes from pigs that have been reared to high standards of animal welfare, hygiene and food safety.

Catering for Life Policies 

For more information, see our policies and procedures

It's through these principles we have won a variety of awards for our work:

Awards and Achievements

Green Impact Awards

  • Green Impact Gold award winners 2015/16, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12 & 2010/11
  • Green Impact Catering Award 2015/16, 2013/14 & 2012/13
  • Green Impact Innovation Award winners 2010/11

Soil Association's - Food for Life

  • 2013 1 x Gold, 2 x Silver & 6 x Bronze
  • 2012 1 x Gold, 2 x Silver & 5 x Bronze
  • 2010 1 x Silver

Compassion in World Farming

Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) is a leading farm animal welfare charity that campaigns peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. Through prestigious awards, CiWF hopes to inspire, encourage and reward businesses that demonstrate the commitment to improving the standards of animal welfare.

Good Dairy Award

The University was awarded the Good Dairy Award from CiWF in 2011. The Good Dairy Award celebrates companies that use or are committing to use higher welfare dairy systems for cows and calves.

Good Chicken Award

The University was awarded the Good Chicken Award from CiWF in 2010. Winchester was one of only three higher education institutions to receive the award, which recognised the University's use of free-range chicken in catering operations. The Good Chicken Award, launched in 2010, celebrates companies that use or are committing to use (within 5 years) higher welfare chicken production systems in their supply chain. Find out more about our free-range meat.

Good Egg Award

The University has been using free-range eggs in its catering service since 2005 and was awarded the Good Egg Award from CiWF in 2009. The award recognises the University’s commitment to animal welfare, in particular, the use of free range eggs in all catering activities. The win also demonstrated the University's continuing move to a totally animal welfare friendly catering service. The Good Egg Awards were developed by CiWF to celebrate companies that have committed to freeing millions of hens from a life of suffering in battery cages.

Other Awards and Achievements

  • The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) – Three Star Sustainability Champions since 2011. We were the first University caterer to receive Three Star Champion Status,
  • Gold winner FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Nov 2016 for education sector
  • TUCO Innovation Award 2016 for introduction of organic burger restaurant
  • Shortlisted for THE Green Gown’s Sustainable Caterer of the year 2012
  • Asked to become a signee of “London Food Legacy” to support Sustain’s drive to make London a sustainable city for the Olympics
  • Asked to be a “Fish Friend” supporting Sustain’s “London Fish City” 2012
  • Runner up to “Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons” in the 2012 SRA Environmental Award
  • Hampshire Fare member 2011