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Short films from the Living Lab

Discover our mini documentaries, micro horror films and practical guides for students.

Group of students around table writing on paper at Living Lab Burns Night event

In 2022-23 the Living Lab has been fortunate to have filmmaker Mhairi Fox attached to it.

Her mini documentaries and micro horror films share some of the best and the worst of the campus food system and what we've been getting up to in the Living Lab.

You can watch the films on this page or on our Living Lab YouTube playlist.

Mini documentaries

Living Lab: Feeding the campus - the story so far

In Summer 2023, halfway through the current Living Lab focused on the campus food system, this short film shares our progress in the Lab's first year, and some of the challenges that await us in its second!

Business Ethics students in the Living Lab

In a Living Lab, students peer into the very workings of the University's most fundamental systems, and bring their subject knowledge to suggest solutions and make recommendations. This short film shares the experience of some third year Business students investigating who supplies the campus with food and drink and whether their ethical standards are up to scratch.

Micro horror films


A short micro-horror film by Mhairi Fox. What happens when virtuous recyclables get mixed with evil non-recyclable items? Watch if you dare to find out.


A micro-horror film by Mhairi Fox, starring Josh Gardner. The volume of disposable coffee cups generated by one thoughtless day on campus is truly terrifying – in fact horror seemed like the only appropriate genre to express it.

Practical guides for students

Too Good To Go

A quick guide to saving food waste and bagging a bargain on campus. Filmed by Mhairi Fox, starring Megan Padgett.

YSJ Hidden Nature Spots

A different way of navigating your way around campus. Our wonderful Grounds team go every extra mile to create habitats for wildlife and people. Filmmaker: Mhairi Fox.