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Sarah Johnson

Sarah studied food and nutrition at Teesside University and went on to work as a New Product Development Technologist.

Sarah Johnson

BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition

'I gained a lot of skills, and met so many amazing people.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I was first attracted to the food and nutrition course at Teesside because of the course variety and the modules on offer. I also loved the campus. There were lots of new developments taking place when I was there too.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The facilities were excellent for my course. I did my dissertation in hydroponics (hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil). I was lucky enough to be the first student to set up and use the hydroponics lab – that was exciting! I used the food labs frequently too. That was great fun, the labs are like huge kitchens.

What was your favourite module?

My favourite module was Human Metabolism and Endocrinology as it gave me my first real insight into nutrition and how the body processes our food. As the number of students on the course was quite small, many aspects were personalised, and the tutors were easily able to express their passion and knowledge of the subject to us.

What was your social life like?

I had a busy and vibrant social life whilst at Teesside. This was partly due to my involvement in the Student Food Co-op, which I co-founded. Along with a University staff member, a group of us set up a co-op stall in the Students' Union. We bought healthy food from a wholesaler and sold it on to students without increasing the price. We were/are a non-profit organisation that aimed to provide students with healthy and cheap alternatives. Whilst I was working on the stall I enjoyed guiding other students about nutritious foods to buy. The group of us working on the food co-op had a great time holding social events. We were also nominated for (and received) a few awards!

As part of my work with the co-op I had the opportunity to deliver some cookery classes – this was excellent and it was another great chance to meet other students and be sociable.

Middlesbrough has so many fantastic places to eat, there’s an amazing Turkish restaurant and some lovely tearooms. I loved being a part of Teesside and I loved the fact that it was only a short trip to get to my favourite beach, Saltburn. I think the Teesside area is really up and coming.

What have you done since graduating?

After I graduated I went on to work for Adelie Foods as a New Product Development Technologist. The following year I started my MSc Human Nutrition at Copenhagen University. Combined with the knowledge and confidence I gained during my time at Teesside, I hope that it helps me to achieve my overall aim of working in public health and promoting nutrition.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Teesside, the teaching was excellent and my course leader was particularly good. I gained a lot of skills, and met so many amazing people, some of these people I am lucky enough to now call my friends.

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