Students at the University of Oxford are ranking the ancient university’s colleges on the quality of their vegetarian and vegan catering.

The uni’s Animal Ethics Society will be carrying out a survey asking students to name the three best and three worst colleges in this area, in a bid to get colleges to improve what they offer students with meat-free diets.

The society carried out a similar survey in 2016: Mansfield College came out top that year, while Magdalen College languished at the bottom.

No meat and two veg

While specific statistics in this area are unreliable, vegetarianism and veganism have both risen in popularity in recent years, particularly among young people.

Participation in ‘Veganuary’, which encourages people to adhere to veganism for the entirety of January, has exploded from 23,000 participants in 2016 – the last time the Oxford survey was run – to over 250,000 participants in 2019.

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