UWIC Achieves Fairtrade Status 

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is celebrating taking an ethical step forward this month, after achieving Fairtrade certification.  The prestigious award is highly recognized throughout the country and is a favored accolade amongst Higher Education.

For a university, being awarded Fairtrade status means official acknowledgment that the institution is raising awareness and availability of products with the Fairtrade Mark and UWIC has been working hard to get to this point.

The students of UWIC have also been a strong influence behind the initial application as Student Union Manager Mike Davies comments: “About just over a year ago we set out to find what the students wanted and one of them was to broaden environmental issues, so we took that idea and decided to push for Fairtrade status – the response we got from the student body was fantastic, really supportive.”

The celebration of recognition comes after a full year of planning, organization and fulfilling strict criteria to achieve results.

A number of strategies were also set in place to deliver the goals needed to hit their target, including making sure that Fairtrade foods (for example tea or coffee) are served in all meetings hosted by the university and making sure a Fairtrade Steering Group is established.

Mike Davies continued: “This is a great achievement, not only for the Student’s Union but for UWIC as a whole. I think it’s important for our university to be part of the bigger picture and to make differences as and when we can.”

Note to editors:

• There are over 70 Fairtrade Universities and Colleges in the UK
• UWIC’s certification begins from August 2008

For further information contact Laura Anderson, Communications Assistant:
Tel: 029 2041 6041
Email: laanderson@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/