Harper Adams University graduate, Emily Stevenson, has been shortlisted for the TechWomen100 Award. The award aims to highlight women working in technology and increase support and visibility for women in the industry.
While at university, Emily studied Food and Consumer studies, working from global production down to the life cycle that our food grows from.
On her university experience, Emily commented “‘The friendly and nurturing environment, exceptional teaching and applied learning methods helped me to realise my own unique ambitions. I was well prepared for the world of work and equipped with transferable skills for a varied career spanning food technology."
After completing her degree, Emily moved on to working for Tesco as a Product Technologist, using her knowledge of consumer studies within the food industry. Innovation was of vast importance to her role much like it remains on campus. With the consumer market always changing, working on a business strategy or designing new technology is vastly important in curating a great product. Through our business and engineering courses, students are pioneering the way to new and innovative agricultural endeavors. Emily’s nomination comes from her continued work within technology. After her position at Tesco, she continued work in O2 and now Vodafone.
On working for the network, she said, "I’m incredibly proud to work for Britain’s first mobile network and all that we do to connect for a better future. The UK has a vibrant digital economy and our world-class shared rural network is huge boost for consumers in the land based sectors’.” Using her knowledge from consumer studies, she has crafted strategic customer plans with a digital mind-set.
Jane Headley, the principal lecturer for Business at Harper Adams, spoke about the broader impact of different industries and their transferable skills. She commented, “It is of great importance that our students gain a different understanding of a commercial environment, using skills and knowledge to motivate their career direction onto a variety of paths.”
It is great to see the success of our graduates after their time at Harper Adams. The real world, transferable skills we teach at Harper Adams continue to help past students with their careers even now. If you would like to support Emily, you can vote for her for TechWomen100 here.