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Food science summer school hosted at Harper for Year 12 students

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Food science summer school hosted at Harper for Year 12 students

Posted 1 August

“Harper Adams University food science summer school was designed to give students insight to the topic of food science and technology, with the possibility of careers in the food industry.”

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Harper Adams University has hosted the Food Science Summer School for year 12 students, helping to give them an insight into the food science and technology industry.

Ralph Early, Professor of Food Industry said: “The 11 students were given the opportunity to experience university standard lectures and undertake hands-on food processing practicals.

“The UK food industry suffers from a severe shortage of food science and food technology graduates. The food science summer school concept has been developed to help address the skills gap for science-based roles in the food and grocery industry.

“Harper Adams University food science summer school was designed to give students insight to the topic of food science and technology, with the possibility of careers in the food industry.”

The food science summer school received many student responses, which were all overwhelmingly positive.

One student said: “I’ve very much enjoyed my experience of Harper Adams, especially the new product development and the sensory evaluation.

“I’ve had the chance to gain knowledge of the career aspects, as well as boosting my social skills which helped build my confidence.”

Another student said: “I’ve very much enjoyed the summer school and would recommend it to those who are interested in food science.

“I’ve gained a lot of experience and more facts about the industry. I really enjoyed myself and got to meet lots of staff.”

Professor Early added: “We’re thankful for the support of the Institute of Grocery Distribution and for being sponsored by Dairy Crest and Faccenda Foods, as well as the Worshipful Company of Butchers.”

“The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) has chosen five leading food science universities, including Harper Adams, where the organisation supports the delivery of food science summer schools as a means of bringing Year 12 school students into contact with food science and food technology.

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