UCD Student’s Union expand supply of Halal options across restaurants & Shops on Campus.
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There are very few restaurants which cater towards Muslim dietary requirements in UCD. Only two facilities cater towards Muslim customers and this they do insufficiently i.e. frequent stock problems which limit the number of Muslim students that can be catered for. The location of these two facilities are on the eastern side of campus e.g. Centra and Chicken Shack which are both of inconvenient distance to students studying in buildings further away from the vicinity e.g. Richview, Newstead and UCD school of Nursing.
There is a significant population of both Irish Muslim students and international Muslim students (Estimated 300 in Health Sciences alone) who study in areas of the UCD campus where access to catering facilities that provide halal food, is cumbersome and due to the large population of Muslim students studying and working in UCD, the two facilities which can cater towards them are inadequate, in terms of being able to cope with high demand for their services.
Catering facilities are available to the general population of UCD students within each faculty’s buildings, providing easy meal access. However, Muslims students are forced to walk significant distances to reach facilities which can cater towards them, resulting in students being late to tutorials/seminars/labs and lectures.
We ask that Fidelma Lavin, the Student’s Union and the named restuarants, cafe's and shops expand supply of Halal options across more restaurants and shops on the UCD Belfield campus, in a method that makes them accessible to the substantial population of Muslim students in UCD studying in all faculties at a reasonable price.
As well as improving the supply of the current facilities which may cater towards Muslims students. (Centra and Chicken Shack) as to combat stock problems.
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