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Beth Clemmit

BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition* / MSc Food Processing Engineering

The university is very accommodating and supportive of students, especially for those studying a degree alongside a full or part time job.

Beth  Clemmit

Why university and why Teesside?

My undergraduate degree in food science and nutrition at Teesside was an obvious choice for me as it was close enough to keep my part time job, but far enough away to be a part of student life. The course was varied, and the tutors were very supportive.
I returned to Teesside for my masters due to the expertise and support from the course tutors and lecturers, and the modules align with my current career in food research and development, and my future career aspirations.

What do you like most about your course?

It covers a wide range of industry-relevant topics and has a good balance of theoretical and practical lab-based learning. I really enjoyed the food chemistry module, it was delivered and taught in a way that relates to the food industry and the knowledge will help in my career.

What do you think about the campus and the services offered?

The campus heart has a great feel to it and gives an amazing first impression. The facilities and services are excellent, and I use the library several times a week, it’s a great learning environment.

What do you think about Middlesbrough and the surrounding area?

I grew up in North Yorkshire, so I know the area well. There are so many amenities on your doorstep and local industry offers a whole host of student placement and graduate opportunities. It’s a busy thriving industrial town, but in a short 20-minute drive you can be at the beach or surrounded by beautiful countryside.

What skills/experience have you gained that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

I have gained skills in report writing and presenting to large groups, which are vital in any career. I have also learnt how to manage my time and workload to meet deadlines - a crucial part of project management in the workplace.

What are you doing now?

I am studying my masters part time and working full-time as a research and development technologist at Quorn Foods. I work on the Quorn Vegan range, and my role involves scoping, analytical testing and research of new plant proteins, food process development and innovation and creation of product specifications. More consumers are turning to plant-based diets and the demand for Quorn Vegan products has increased, which makes it exciting, fast paced and challenging.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I hope to progress within the food industry, particularly focussing on product development, research and food processing. I also have a keen interest in animal welfare and sustainability so want to stay working within companies that have a strong focus on this.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your courses?

Definitely. The university is very accommodating and supportive of students, especially for those studying a degree alongside a full or part time job. Teesside is a great learning and social environment.

*Now BSc (Hons) Nutrition