Focus: Communications - Site Visit -

Launched to coincide with freshers weeks, Ethical Student has been produced by the campaign group Animal Aid as an online guide showing new and existing students "how to survive university with their ethics intact".

The site gives advice on how to eat, drink, shop and even study in animal- and environmentally friendly ways. It also promotes recycling and fair trade.

Main pages

The home page isn't particularly attractive, but it does the job. An introductory message from Radiohead's Thom Yorke adds substance, and navigation to the site's principal areas is clear and easy.

As you'd expect from a site managed by an animal rights group, there is a strong focus on vegetarianism. With this in mind, the 'food' section is probably its most useful area, giving lots of information on the best vegetarian and vegan ranges. Other sections, such as the flimsy part on 'fun', struggle for depth. But the lists of charities that do and do not participate in animal testing are useful.

Special features

The message board is neatly divided into specific areas of debate, including animal experimentation, sweatshops and climate change. I'm not sure how famous the 'famous BIG list of vegan booze' actually is, but it's certainly useful - in case anyone was wondering, Grolsch and Carlsberg are fine on this score, but Stella and Kronenberg are not.

Ethical Student says:

"With so many products on offer from companies that boast supposedly ethical policies, this website makes it much easier for students with a conscience to weed out what's genuine and what's not."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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