Notts offers kosher campus catering
Nottingham University students will now be able to enjoy freshly made deli-style kosher meals on campus.
The university will be the first in Britain to offer kosher catering, following a collaboration with the Union of Jewish Students.
Students will be able to buy kosher meals and snacks at lunchtime from the canteen in the student union's Portland building - for example, salt beef, pastrami or turkey sandwiches.
First-year students in residential accommodation can use their pre-paid meal cards for the service.
The venture will also see Jewish students paid and trained to act as kashrut supervisors, thanks to £7,000 UJS funding.
Nottingham's Hillel closed in 2006 and was replaced by a non-residential Jewish student centre and a kosher flats option.
The 800-plus Jewish students are served by a dedicated chaplaincy couple and a Chabad House. But until now kosher provision has been limited to a small selection at the local Sainsbury's.
UJS operations director Gerry Lucas and Nottingham pro-vice-chancellor Professor Saul Tendler have spearheaded the initiative.
Professor Tendler was delighted by the "exciting partnership".