Rebecca came to Teesside to combine her passions for food and science.
'My course is really interesting as we get a mix of hands-on experience and the theory behind it.'
In school I always loved food and science, and I started wondering if there was such a thing as ‘food science’ so I could combine my interests. I did some research and discovered it was in fact a subject! As I moved on to study A levels I still enjoyed these subjects, so studying a higher education course was the next natural step.
I’d always known about Teesside University as my mum studied here. I searched the internet for food science courses and this course came up – it was ideal as I wanted to stay at home while I studied. At the open day I found the staff and students very friendly, welcoming and caring – and that was another big reason why I’m at Teesside.
I also wanted to meet new people so I decided to become a student ambassador too.
The best part about my course is the variety. We learn in a range of ways – we attend small and large lectures, use the food, chemistry and cell biology labs, and go on various trips. There are many other opportunities available for us to get involved in, including competitions, working with local businesses and going to industry events.
I applied to the programme because I wanted to meet new people and wanted to raise the profile of Teesside University and my course in particular.
I’ve done a variety of work, from promoting the University at local schools to taking prospective students on campus tours at open days. I also lead campus motivational visits for primary school children and have participated in some focus groups to help shape the future of the University.
It has to be the variety of the role – not only do you have the opportunity to participate in a range of different jobs but you get to pick your hours around your studies.
Do it – you get to meet new people, have fun, get some great experience for your CV and you get paid for it!
I love the campus. It’s compact which makes it really easy to get around. The campus is located in the centre of Middlesbrough and it is very accessible. There are lots of shops, restaurants, takeaways, and transport links within a short walk from campus. There is something to suit everyone in the town.
The campus is also very inviting with good use of green spaces and plants. The library is a very welcoming, colourful area with plenty of space for group and individual work. And the Students’ Union is an inviting space for socialising and working.
I completed a six week placement at SK Foods – my time there was amazing. I learned so much about the practical side of food science, especially new product development. I worked in the kitchens with their chefs to make new products, complete quality assurance documents, taste products for shelf life, product reheats and so much more. I applied my knowledge from my first year, but also gained vital information I’ll be able to take into my second and third years of university.
Yes, I would recommend both! The University is really friendly and the lecturers truly get to know you and help you to succeed. My course is really interesting as we get a mix of hands-on experience and the theory behind it. I would like a career in new product development and I believe this course will help me to reach my goal. The modules are giving me experience of designing new products, food safety and law, so it will not only provide me with the skills for new product development, but lead to so many other areas of the food industry.