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Sarah Abanador

BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition*

I’ve developed lots of transferrable skills including presenting, teamwork, research and laboratory skills.

Sarah Abanador

Why Teesside?

I chose Teesside because of the course content. I knew it would enhance my understanding of food composition, metabolism, diet, health and behaviour – all important factors to reduce the risk of long-term conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The facilities were also good, such as the science laboratories and 24/7 library.

Why food and nutrition?

I’m aware that there are a wide range of conditions resulting from poor nutrition such as hypoglycaemia, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. I wanted to learn more about nutrition to help people manage their diet. I also wanted to use my knowledge to help my dad who has diabetes and to reduce any complications for him.

Best thing about your course?

I enjoyed the food safety and law modules, which enhanced my understanding of food safety regulations. I also enjoyed learning about procedures for safe processing of foods under the current legislation. I have conducted a hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) portfolio on tiramisu by covering the pre-requisite programmes, potential hazards, hazard analysis, control measures, identifying of critical control points (CCPs), verification procedures and record keeping.

Tell us about the campus and town

The library has lots of areas for collaborative learning, individual and quiet/silent study. It’s also a really secure campus so you always feel safe.

Middlesbrough town centre is only a five-minute walk away and has lots of restaurants, shopping centres, and a great nightlife.

Did you have a job while you’re studying?

I worked as a care assistant, arranging activities and delivering effective interpersonal skills for my clients. I also worked as a waitress in a restaurant, my main tasks are maintaining food hygiene, serving customers, cash handling, resolving disputes and dealing with complaints.

What skills have you gained?

I’ve developed lots of transferrable skills including presenting, teamwork, research and laboratory skills. When presenting I’ve learnt to speak more confidently and to deliver information effectively. This has also improved my communication skills. In terms of teamwork, I can lead a group and assign delegate tasks to ensure everyone is involved.

And my research skills have improved by finding reliable resources and using effective methodology.

I’ve also developed my food science practical skills such as analysis, handling food safely, ensuring a safe environment and record keeping.

Future ambitions?

I would like to work in a hospital as dietitian, working with people with diabetes or eating disorders to produce menus that meet individual dietary needs. However, I am currently working as a quality technical assistant in a soft drinks factory and would like to take my career further. I would also love to volunteer abroad to help people who can’t afford to have general check-ups and medication.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

Yes definitely – the facilities are good and it’s a great standard of education.

*Now BSc (Hons) Nutrition