Inspiring co-operative enterprise through education

Examples

SHRUB - Uni of Edinburgh

The Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) is a student co-operative established in 2013 by University of Edinburgh students. In their own words: "It provides an opportunity to swap or buy second-hand items, as well as facilities to fix and learn how to give things a new life. The SHRUB aspires to serve as a platform for any groups and activities that are related to sustainability and improving the well-being of the university and local community." Members are drawn from the student body of the university and annual membership costs £10.

Find out more: http://www.shrubcoop.org/

VegBag Co-operative - Uni of Aberdeen

The VegBag Co-operative is a student run co-operative that brings organic and, as far as possible, local and seasonal vegetables and fruits to the University campus every week. They come from a local organic whole sale distributor and farm. It is a not for profit enterprise and run entirely by volunteers. Operating for over ten years, VegBag serves over 100 members, drawn from students, staff, and individuals from the local community.

Find out more: http://www.ausa.org.uk/eatdrinkshop/vegbag/

Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative - Uni of Edinburgh

"The idea of the Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative was to establish autonomous student owned and run housing co-operatives. We were fed up with extortionate rent, exploitative landlords, dodgy letting agencies, and substandard housing. We wanted to increase the amount of affordable housing for students and create a sustainable, non-exploitative, community-led housing co-operative as an alternative to the private rental market." The co-op is due to open in September 2014.

Find out more: http://edinburghcoop.wordpress.com/