Students to get Co-op discount

Students at Lews Castle College can receive a 10 per cent discount on their groceries as part of a ground-breaking scheme launched by The Co-operative Food and the National Union of Students (NUS).

For an initial period of eight weeks, from now, students can get money off their shopping at Co-operative food stores close to all 13 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) colleges and research institutes, including Lews Castle College in Stornoway and its campuses on Barra, North Uist and Benbecula.

Participating stores include Co-operative food stores at Macaulay Road and Cromwell Street in Stornoway, Castlebay on Barra, Sollas on North Uist and Creagorry on Benbecula.

The initiative, part of The Co-operative’s NUS extra discount partnership, allows students to download a ‘Taster’ card from the internet which, if they present together with their student ID, will entitle them to the discount. This is a trial and will initially be free to all UHI students.

All 8,000 UHI students are able to benefit, entitling them to discounts at a total of 37 Co-operative food stores across the Highlands and Islands.

Andrew Mann, Customer Director at the Co-operative Food, said: “As the major community retailer in the Highlands and Islands, we understand the pressure students are under to make ends meet.

“By working together with NUS, who we already have a very successful partnership with, we can help the thousands of students who study at UHI.”

Gordon Maloney, President of NUS Scotland, said: “This is a really exciting partnership for students at UHI, and one that NUS Scotland is really pleased to be a part of. The co-operative movement has a long history of community based, democratic values and principles, ones shared by NUS Scotland, too.

“We know that students across Scotland are facing real pressures on finances, and those worries can be particularly real in rural areas. This partnership will go a long way to ensuring a better deal for students. We look forward to continuing to work with the co-operative and providing the best deals for students.”

The ‘Taster’ card can be downloaded from the UHI Student Association website at .

Last year The Co-operative partnered with NUS on their NUS Extra card which is available to all students aged over 16 years, including distance learners and vocational.