The University recognised as a 'Good Egg'

01 Dec 2011 13:54:02.027

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The University of Nottingham has been recognised as a ‘Good Egg’ in the Compassion in World Farming’s 2011 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

The Good Egg Awards celebrate companies who use only cage-free eggs or egg products.

Since 2006 it has been the policy of the University to buy only free range eggs. Every year 200,000 of them are used across every one of its catering outlets.

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Karen Knight, Commercial Business Manager in the University’s Commercial Services Department said: “Both students and conference organisers alike recognise the importance of obtaining food from ethically-sound suppliers. With more than 20 catering outlets across the University we are delighted to receive the Good Egg award and feel that it is a true recognition of The University of Nottingham’s commitment to ongoing responsible food sourcing.”


Compassion in World Farming’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise companies that are committed to implementing substantial changes and for making progress in their sourcing of meat, eggs and dairy products.

The University of Nottingham was among some 40 hospitals, educational centres and local councils to be presented with one of their augural Public Procurement Awards for helping to improve the welfare of millions of farm animals. Over 265 million hens, chickens, pigs and dairy cows and calves are set to benefit each year as a result of winners’ policies.

Launched in 2007, Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team has pioneered a unique partnership approach — working with the European food industry to encourage and reward commitment, transparency, performance and innovation in the field of animal welfare.

Katy Read, Head of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming said: “It is so great to see the public sector’s catering departments taking animal welfare into consideration when sourcing their meat and egg produce. Higher welfare produce isn’t just the responsibility of the large corporations, but something that can be achieved at all levels. Well done to all our award winners — keep up the good work.”

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Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team engages with Europe’s leading food companies, inspiring progress through prestigious awards and supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals. We also encourage higher-welfare food purchasing in the public sector. Over 265 million animals are set to benefit each year as a result of Good Awards Winners’ policies since the launch of the awards five years ago. To find out more about the work of the Food Business team, visit

The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia. Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. For more details, visit:

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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More information is available from Julie Jenner, Compassion in world farming’s Food and Business Team on +44 (0)1483 521978,

Lindsay Brooke

Lindsay Brooke - Media Relations Manager

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