We’ve been shortlisted for 2 Green Gown Awards!

We’re delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for 2 Green Gown Awards this year! For those of you who don’t know, the Green Gown Awards recognise sustainability initiatives in colleges and universities. Last year we were shortlisted for the Sustainability Reporting category and this year we have been shortlisted again for the Sustianability…

August’s Seasonal Vegetable – Broad Beans

EAT BROAD BEANS We love broad beans simply boiled, buttered and served with the Sunday roast. But they’re much more versatile than that and seem to have a particular affinity for dishes using pork-based meats such as bacon, pancetta and chorizo. HISTORY Broad beans are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean. Archaeological findings at…

August’s Seasonal Fruit – Peaches

EAT PEACHES At its ripest and best the peach is a food that forces you to adopt a special eating position – bowing forwards at an angle of 30° and with arm raised above the horizontal – to avoid being bathed in peach juice (now there’s an idea…). Imported peaches can never quite compare with…

The 2017 Annual Sustainability Awards

On 29th June we held our Annual Sustainability Awards, recognising the amazing work carried out by our staff, students and external partners to support us on our sustainability journey. It was the first year we included external partners within the awards but thought that it was about time as it is down to them that…

The Celebration of Communities!

This fantastic event brought lots of different people together from across the borough of Tower Hamlets to launch the Festival of Communities. Professor Simon Gaskell, QMUL President and Principal, introduced the ceremony which saw 8 projects receive awards for connecting communities across Tower Hamlets. We were delighted to receive the Community Collaboration Award for Professional…

July’s Seasonal Vegetable – Aubergine

EAT AUBERGINE Although often associated with warmer, more exotic lands, the striking looking aubergine is widely cultivated in Britain. Its subtle and distinctive combination of textures and flavours – smooth, fleshy, creamy, smoky – make it a versatile and beguiling component of many great dishes.   HISTORY The aubergine is thought to be of Indian…

July’s Seasonal Fruit – Raspberries

EAT RASPBERRIES Vividly pink, exquisitely perfumed and very delicate, fresh raspberries are a real late summer treat. The overwhelming majority of raspberries sold in the UK are grown in Scotland where the long summer days help produce the most delicious berries. Raspberries never fail to please when served with just a dusting of icing sugar…

June’s Seasonal Fruit – Gooseberries

EAT GOOSEBERRIES The British climate is particularly well-disposed to producing perfect gooseberries – juicy, tart and full-flavoured – and over the years they have captured the hearts of Britons more than any other nationality. More recently, however, the popularity of gooseberries has waned somewhat and their unique qualities don’t seem to be valued as much…

June’s Seasonal Fruit – Strawberries

Synonymous with summer, the British strawberry season begins with the arrival of early season fruit grown under cover. Imported strawberries, now sold for most of the year, are picked whilst slightly under-ripe to ensure that they don’t turn into mush during transportation. However strawberries do not ripen after being picked and so imported strawberries are…

Turning pennies into pounds

  Lis Parham from Marketing and Comms has written a blog for the Green Mary Workbook, looking at what you can do with your unwanted travel money! Each British household has, on average, £65 worth of unused travel money lying around. That adds up to a staggering £1.8billion in total for the UK’s 27.1 million…

Musings on Chard

As part of the Green Mary Workbook, the Marketing and Comms department have written a short blog about their allotment plot and new found recipes for Chard! Last year was quite a successful year for Karen and me. Our plot 10 vegetable patch in the allotment yielded loads of delicious tomatoes, radishes, herbs and chard,…