Self-isolating students have been criticising the food packages that are being delivered from the universities, as they say that the food is “out-of-date” and they now believe that the university is making a profit from the pandemic.
Students who have been forced to self-isolate in accommodation due to the coronavirus pandemic have lashed out at universities over the food packages they are receiving.
Some of the students claim that the food they are being given is out-of-date whilst others have been questioning the overall quality of the products.
Across the UK, thousands of students are isolating due to there being COVID-19 outbreaks. This means they have no choice but to stay in their halls or accommodation.
Two students from Edinburgh University have criticised the conditions of the main halls and have said they’re “prison-like” and “unacceptable”.
Tess Bailie, 18, has urged the university to start providing more support for the isolating students.
She told EdinburghLive: “Our first worry was when we realised the university hadn’t done enough to mitigate the risk of suicide. If nothing is done, suicide is going to kill more of us here than COVID.
“We got one email with some loose advice that seemed designed to cover a few legal bases, but it didn’t go far enough. We’re calling for active and genuine support.
“And not just mental health support, we need practical support as well – like edible food.
“Many students are self-isolating and if so, they’re told they mustn’t leave their rooms for two weeks. The catering service is supposed to bring them food, but many students have told us that they’re not getting anything to eat until 3 pm. Some not until around 6 pm.
“Then there are issues with dietary requirements. You fill out a form about your dietary requirements but they’re not met.
“One Muslim student’s meals contained meat for several days in a row.
“And today, everyone in Ewing house received an out of date bread roll.”
She also said that students have been buying supplies for themselves as they are being given cold sandwiches instead of cooked meals for days on end – despite the fact they’ve already prepaid for hot meals.
This is one of the “meals” a student was given today (the 29th of September) in isolation. As you can see – it’s out of date. 7 and a half grand for a mouldy plain bread roll. @EdinburghUni are feeding their isolating kids inedible food. Share and retweet! This cannot go on! pic.twitter.com/10n3aIq2lH
— pollockprisoner (@pollockprisoner) September 29, 2020
It has been revealed by EdinburghLive that fellow Edinburgh University fresher Mollie McKenzie was given a “Mars bars and croissant” after she informed the university she was vegan.
Mollie’s mum has hit out at the prestigious university on social media. She wrote: “My daughter is in quarantine in her halls in Edinburgh.
“They said they would deliver food- she advised she is vegan, @EdinburghUni sent a Mars bar and croissant #chaotic.”
A University of Edinburgh spokesperson stated: “University staff are working hard to provide care and support – including mental health support – for all students who are required to self-isolate by the Scottish Government.