University of Manchester launches vegan-friendly menu

| Post published on March 24, 2016
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First year mathematics student, Aless Donebauer, was the only vegan student living in catered halls when they chef decided to change the menu to be more inclusive. The vegan option has been rolled out across halls and bigger canteens and is proving very popular.

Myles Kitchiner, Operations Manager in Catering, added: “There’s been an increase this year of vegan students throughout Manchester and we’ve reacted to that.

“It is more inclusive of everybody as we offer shepherd’s pie topped with sweet potato mash, tikka masala, red bean stew, falafel and spinach burger, lentil casserole, vegetable enchiladas, Bolognese, pies and vegan hot dogs.”

Emma Gardner, Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University, who is a vegan too, said they listened to Aless’ suggestions as well considering other students’ needs and the sustainability issue. 

“We see more vegans coming to university and a result of student engagement, we now have at least one vegan option across the halls and bigger canteens. Let’s hope other universities follow suit!

Vegan student claims victory after University of Manchester launches vegan friendly menu – The Telegraph

Vegan student claims victory after convincing university to change menus – The Mirror

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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