Kate (who was with us 2008- 2015) has just completed a food science degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a first-class honours degree. Kate was also named student of the year.
Early in the year, Kate represented the university in the Institute of Food Science and Technology for the competition ‘Young Scientist of The Year’ – there were 5 regional rounds from all over England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Kate won the north of England round for the undergraduate competition – so she is the Young Scientist of the North! There were 6 people in the semi-finals from all over north universities including Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Kates’ research project was about gut health and prebiotic fibres.
Kate has now started work as a Food Technologist at the Co-op job and is based in Manchester. The job involves a lot of travel. She has been in Cambridge recently scaling up recipes from kitchen to factory for some of their Christmas lines. She visits factories to ensure they are in line with Co-op codes of practice and audit their sites, e.g. if launching a new free-from gluten product she would audit their gluten controls. Her project work includes working with suppliers to improve aspects of products such as the shelf life, change the packaging, improve the quality of products and getting involved in some product development.
We wish Kate every success in the future.