Not wanting to stop my educational journey at UCS after graduating from BSc Human Health and Nutrition, I decided to study MSc Regenerative Medicine. I wanted something which would set me apart from other potential candidates when it came to interviews and had already enjoyed my years of undergraduate study at the university, impressed with the lab facilities and support available.
The hard work paid off and I was able to secure my first job interview soon after graduating where I was chosen for the role of new product development technologist for local a food company, Stoke’s Sauces. Here my main role was to design food products from concept to factory scale up ready for manufacture, before being sold in shops all over the country, and even used in restaurant chains such as Miller and Carter, as well as on cruise ships and passenger planes. I still pinch myself when I see a product I developed on the shelves in the supermarkets!
I’m now lucky to have progressed into a fantastic job working for Europe’s largest frozen food producer, Nomad Foods, as Product Development Manager for the Futures Research and Development team, working with brands such as Birdseye, Iglu and Findus. As part of this team I am responsible for driving innovation and researching new ingredients and process technologies for our portfolio of food products sold all over Europe. You may have eaten a few made famous by a certain Captain! I find it so exciting that I can play a part in designing the future of the food we eat whilst working alongside a great team here in Suffolk. No two days are the same and I am proud to say I enjoy going to work!
The department and scientific research skills I learnt during both courses have since proved invaluable for my job, as well as the confidence boost I gained from being a student ambassador at UCS. Fast forward to now and I have recently filed two UK patent applications and am now managing an undergraduate student during his placement year with our team.