Eating the ‘Natural’ way on campus

To support healthy eating options for staff, students and visitors, Southampton Solent University has refreshed, restocked and re-launched its ‘Natural’ salad bar on campus. 

This new market-leading concept from the University’s catering provider Sodexo is a response to both student and staff requests for a broader range of healthier food options.

It encourages a ‘build your own’ approach to dining, with a choice of over 30 salad items and a variety of healthy box sizes. There is also a wide range of healthy vegetable juices, fresh soups, fruit teas, rice cakes and gluten-free snacks.

Nick Hayter, Sodexo Group Manager says: “We are thrilled to be continuing our commitment to the University to help promote a healthy lifestyle for its staff and students. We are listening to what our customers want and are doing everything we can to meet their needs.”

‘Natural’ comes hot on the heels of last year’s introduction of healthy vending option, the Honest Café, which has received excellent comments, national acclaim and widespread interest across the sector.

The stylish new salad bar follows suit with an urban-chic design using exposed brick and wooden palette accents.

Keen to keep up with customer requirements, the University’s catering provider Sodexo plans to evolve ‘Natural’ into an entirely vegetarian-based provider over the next couple of months.   

The launch on Wednesday 14 January was attended by the University’s Sport Solent team, the President and Vice-President for Welfare from Solent Students’ Union and students keen to sample the new menu options.

Bryan Carroll, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities, said at the launch: “Enhancing the student experience is very important to us at the University, and we are pleased to be able to support our catering provider Sodexo in their continued commitment to meeting the demands of everyone on campus.”

The University and Sodexo have been champions of promoting innovative food choices on campus for a number of years with health and wellbeing at the core of their mission.

Sodexo’s on-campus catering facilities were also recently awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Status’ catering mark as part of the Soil Association’s commitment to venues who recognise ethically-sourced produce free from controversial additives. 


About Southampton Solent University 

Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


About Us

Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.



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Enhancing the student experience is very important to us at the University, and we are pleased to be able to support our catering provider Sodexo in their continued commitment to meeting the demands of everyone on campus.
Bryan Carroll