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Vegan and vegetarian students at Oxford University are being asked to rank colleges according to the quality of their meat-free food.

Voting, which opened on May 6 and runs until November 30, will be used to compile the Veggie Norrington Table – a spin-off of the famous Norrington Table which ranks colleges according to their examination result. College bursars will also be invited to state whether their colleges routinely supply veggie food, have chefs trained in vegetarian and vegan food, and provide sample menus.

The initiative is being supported by the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society in a bid to bring attention to the need for animal-free food.

Veggie and vegan food

“Many members of the Society have expressed concern about the varying provision of vegetarian and vegan food,” President of the Society, Felix Taylor of St Hugh’s College, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

The second year DPhil student in English, who has been vegan for three years, added: “We want to put the need for good quality veggie food on the agenda in Oxford.”

‘Barely adequate’

The Society’s Emeritus Senior Member, the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, said: “Oxford is known as a place of excellence, but its vegetarian fare is often barely adequate.

“We believe that the quality of provision of veggie food influences prospective students’ choice of colleges.

“Since most students have no alternative but to pay for their meals at college, it seems only right that they should know whether the food served up will be adequate.”

You can find out more about The Veggie Norrington Table here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.