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Durham University’s Queen’s Campus Takes a Step for Fairtrade Fortnight 2012
Durham University’s Queen’s Campus based in Stockton took several steps to raise awareness for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight by holding a selection of events over the two weeks starting on the 27th February and ending on the 9th March. The week kicked off on Monday 27th February with free Fairtrade coffee and tea being provided for students of Stephenson and John Snow Colleges at their evening dining in the Waterside Restaurant. This event was hosted by Queen’s Campus catering and was repeated throughout the fortnight on Tuesday 28th February, Wednesday 7th March and Thursday 8th March.
On Tuesday 28th February a Fairtrade sample stall was held over lunch with this giving away free healthy fruit samples from Fairtrade company ‘Tropical Wholefoods’. This provided an opportunity for both staff and students to find out more about how Fairtrade helps producers in the third world get a fair deal for their products and also encouraged them to make a change by swapping some of the products they usually buy for Fairtrade products.
During the fortnight Queen’s Campus also ran a ‘guess the number of Fairtrade coffee beans in the jar’ competition which was well attended by both students and staff. Entrants had the opportunity of winning a Fairtrade Divine chocolate hamper with the winner being Alexander Maytum who guessed correctly that the jar had 4050 coffee beans. The runner up was Timothy Gibbons who guessed that the jar had 4031 coffee beans and received a Fairtrade Divine luxury Easter egg.
Finally on Monday 5th March Stephenson College held a Fairtrade coffee afternoon open to all staff and students in the relaxed settings of the college social area, Stephenson Central. This afternoon served Fairtrade tea and coffee, along with Fairtrade baked goods which were donated by both students and staff. All proceeds made from selling the cakes, muffins and cookies were donated to the Fairtrade Foundation which is the UK charity behind the Fairtrade Mark and works to empower disadvantaged producers by tackling injustice. The coffee afternoon also allowed the opportunity for students and staff to find out more about Fairtrade and what they can do to get involved.
Also from Monday 5th March to Friday 9th March Stephenson College sold a selection of Fairtrade cakes, biscuits and muffins to students passing through the College reception. All funds raised were again donated to the Fairtrade Foundation.
Queen’s Campus would like to thank all staff and students that took part in Fairtrade Fortnight for making it a great success!
University Challenge 2012
Wednesday 7th March saw the final round of this year's University Challenge. Professor Adrian Darnell was the guest Quiz Master at this year's event.
A great night was had by all with rooms full with teams, family, friends and supporters. This year's champions were Stockton Borough Council with SCR Bede Sixth Form coming a very close second. Photographs from this event can be found by clicking the further information link below.