Sample the delights of products made in developing countries during Fairtrade Fortnight at Edge Hill University.

From 28th February to 13th March the University has organised a series of events to coincide with the national campaign and to showcase to staff and students what it is doing to obtain Fairtrade status.

A Fairtrade university is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade products. To reach this standard, Edge Hill is trying to ensure that the products are available in as many places as possible at its Ormskirk campus and that they raise awareness of the benefits that Fairtrade brings to producers in poor countries.

To complement the work that the University is already doing, Edge Hill is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a number of activities to introduce people to the products.

There will be a supplier showcase where visitors can sample a range of delightful treats and other surprises, a blind tea tasting event where you can enjoy your morning brew with a difference and a special exhibition.

Participants can also show their support for small-scale cotton farmers in developing countries by joining in the bunting world record attempt.

The Garden Café will also stock a wide range of Fairtrade snacks to tickle people’s taste buds.

Julia Dickinson, the University’s Environment and Safety Coordinator, said: “Becoming a Fairtrade university is an important step towards the institution recognising its global responsibility. It will help promote cultural and social awareness among staff and students through an increased understanding of how our actions affect the standard of living for a diverse range of people all over the world. I hope that Fairtrade Fortnight will provide an ethical choice and encourage people to think more about the products they are purchasing in future.”

For a copy of the events programme for Fairtrade Fortnight and to find out more about what Edge Hill is doing to encourage greener living, visit the website at For further enquiries, you can also email the team at