MEMBERS of Manchester Met’s nutrition, sustainability and enterprise platform, MetMUnch, were recently invited to be the star guests at UCLan’s Green Week 2016.
MetMUnch took their message of sustainability to lead the dedicated Food Day at UCLan’s Student’s Union. Staff and students of Manchester Met worked together to demonstrate how easy it is to cook student-friendly, healthy vegan meals using locally sourced ingredients. Manchester Met students also shared low-carbon recipes and their incredible environmental knowledge with their UCLan peers – demonstrating how central sustainability is to our university.
Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services, said: “MetMUnch have taken full advantage of our modern buildings, technology, and expert staff members across faculties to lead the way and showcase what is possible both inside and outside Manchester Met. This shows what we can achieve together when students are fully engaged, connected to sustainability in the curriculum and inspired by global issues.
“MetMUnch has embraced a new way of learning for students where creativity and innovation is celebrated, learning is enhanced and student experience is prioritised to create a long lasting impact.”
Emma Bartlett, Green Ladder Project Manager at UCLan, said: “A big thank you to the Manchester Met team for a great event. MetMUnch are truly inspirational. It was great to have you at Green Week.”
History of MetMUnch
Since 2011, MetMUnch has been an award-winning, multipurpose platform for enhancing student employability, creativity and enterprise. We work on turning Manchester Met students into future creative leaders who are pioneers and masters of sustainability. Being approached and hired by UCLan Student’s Union to launch their Green Week was a great opportunity to showcase the exceptional talent and passion of our students, and celebrate the phenomenal efforts of Manchester Met’s Environment Team in creating behavioral and educational change amongst staff and students.
Iptisam Saeid, second year BSc Nutritional Science student, said: “As well as nurturing academically, MetMUnch has played a pivotal role in providing an outline for culinary creativity and a platform for ideas and inspirations. This is why I love doing MetMUnch events!”
Edward Mihr, MSc student in Food Safety, added: “MetMUnch is a great platform that has seen us work with the community through nutrition events at the Birley Fields campus, engage with the science industry making fermented foods at MoSI, and getting out and about working with other universities such as at UCLan’s Green Week. We spoke to UCLan students and staff about how to eat sustainably while cooking for them in their SU!
“MetMUnch also helps students apply their passions. I came to MetMUnch with a pitch and pretty soon I was demonstrating the principles of why our food behaves the way it does in my own lab and restaurant experience. Great for learning how to run an event, apply our academic knowledge and improve presentation skills. I can never wait to hear what the next brilliant and boundary pushing event we will be getting involved with next.”
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