Posted 17 November 2017
"I have found the Summer School very useful as it has given me an insight into the food industry and careers within it.”
Year 12 students are invited to apply for a place on the free Food Science Summer School, taking place at Harper Adams University in July 2018.
Sponsored by global food and grocery experts, IGD, the Harper Adams school, which will run from July 9 to 11, will focus specifically on the food supply chain, from field to fork, making use of facilities including the Regional Food Academy, university farm, and a field trip to a food factory.
At the same time, participants will get to experience life as a university student; sleeping in halls of residence, eating in the university refectory, and socialising with other people of the same age and with similar interests.
Alastair Boot, event organiser and Senior Lecturer in Retail Marketing and Management, said: “We held our first IGD sponsored summer school in 2017 and it was a huge success. The students really enjoyed gaining a broader understanding of the food chain, as well as taking part in the practical sessions and the visit to the Faccenda chicken factory.
“We’ve been able to refine the programme this year to enhance all of the best bits based on feedback from the 2017 cohort and look forward to receiving applications from enthusiastic Year 12 students over the next few months. Places are limited to 30, so we would encourage students to apply as soon as possible.”
The summer school will begin just as the university’s main “Harper Adams Experience” residential taster ends, meaning successful applicants could run the two together, gaining both a general university experience and a subject specific programme that will be a great addition to the CV of anyone considering applying to study a food science, technology or business degree.
Charlotte Jackson, who attended the 2017 summer school, said: “It helped me to improve my knowledge of the food supply chain. I am very keen to do a degree in Food Science so I have found the Summer School very useful as it has given me an insight into the food industry and careers within it.”
Ethan Aldous added: “I enjoyed learning more about the industry especially the areas that you don’t think about; such as ethical problems and the manufacture line.”
And Tom Nixon said: “I very much enjoyed my experience at Harper Adams especially the new product development and the sensory evaluation of different types of meat and the quality of produce.”
To apply for the 2018 Food Science Summer School, visit harper.ac.uk/foodschool2018