Our Projects

How we are working locally and globally to make a positive difference in the world

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The Ugly Fruit Group (TUFG)

At The Ugly Fruit Group, we believe that fruit and veg of all sizes and shapes are just as delicious and that everyone should get to eat them - we rescue surplus fruit and veg destined for the waste bin from local wholesalers and supermarkets. The freshest produce is donated to those in county Durham who need it most and the ripest produce is turned into fruity snacks to sell around campus and support our project.

So far, we have saved 300kg of fruit and veg from entering the landfill, donated 120 produce boxes and provided 1080 fruit and veg supplements!

Find out more at: https://www.theuglyfruitgroup.com/


The Incubation Team

The incubation team was set up as a brand new team in 2019. We draw together the most creative and entrepreneurial minds in Durham University to brainstorm project ideas and assess the potential social impact of project ideas on beneficiaries. Utilizing resources from Business Advisors and external sponsors, fresh ideas can be harnessed to achieve their maximum potential. We plan to have 3-4 fully viable projects to run for next year.


Shakti empowers vulnerable women and children in a National Burn Centre outside Mumbai – the only facility in Asia to solely treat burn victims. We provide the burn victims with employment opportunities to assist their rehabilitation and reintegration process, as these individuals are stigmatised and ostracised within Indian society. Additionally, Shakti empowers schoolgirls in India, who on average own just 2 pairs of underwear and who receive incomplete sanitary education as a result of poor hygiene and social stigma. By using waste fabric that would otherwise go to the landfill, female burn victims stitch undergarments that they then distribute to local schoolgirls. Upon receiving the undergarments free of charge, the schoolgirls additionally gain educational material promoting the importance of sanitary health.