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  • 8 April 2009

A cracking nomination for the University of Sussex

Executive Chef Mark Hancock and Hospitality General Manager David Chick crack a yolk or two to celeb

Executive Chef Mark Hancock and Hospitality General Manager David Chick crack a yolk or two to celebrate the Good Egg Award announcement

Eggs-ellent news for the University of Sussex at Easter - it has been nominated for a Good Egg Award by farm animal welfare campaigners Compassion in World Farming for embracing a free-range eggs policy.

In 2008, the University's Catering Services, which serves a campus community of more than 10,000 people daily, completed a successful campus-wide switch to free-range eggs.

Today, the University Catering Service uses only whole, fresh free-range eggs (no powdered or liquid egg is used in Catering Services) in its food right across campus, including the student refectory and corporate hospitality. Eggs are also locally sourced. The University uses around 70,000 eggs per year.

Charles Dudley, Director of Residential, Sport and Trading Services, says: "We are delighted to receive this nomination in recognition of our efforts to provide our students and staff with healthy, nutritious food that is locally sourced."

Charles Dudley will be joined by colleagues including Hospitality General Manager David Chick, Commercial Operations Manager Sarah Wilkinson and Executive Chef Mark Hancock at a special award ceremony at the Terrace Pavilion, at the Houses of Parliament on May 14, when the winners of the Good Egg Awards will be announced.

Compassion in World Farming spokeswoman Anna Fraser says: "We are delighted to announce that the University of Sussex is nominated for a Good Egg Award. Using free-range eggs is a truly ethical policy that students and staff can be proud of.""

Now in its third year, the Good Egg Awards have been won previously by the European Parliament, Sainsbury's, the National Trust and Unilever. Compassion in World Farming estimates that so far, more than 15 million hens will live cage-free every year as a direct result of award winners' cage-free policies.

Those attending the awards will include representatives the food industry and organisations who take a special interest in animal welfare, corporate social responsibility and the future of food production.

Notes for editors

The Good Egg Awards for 2009 will be announced at the Houses of Parliament Terrace Pavilion at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 May. For further details contact Anna Fraser on 01483 521 867 or email


For photo requests, interviews or further information, please contact the University of Sussex Press office.


Compassion in World Farming was founded over 40 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer. Today it campaigns peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. For more information see Comappsion_in_World_Farming and see also Good Egg Awards


University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune, Jacqui Bealing and Danielle Treanor. Tel: 01273 678 888 or email


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