About the University
Newcastle University allows students to fully immerse themselves in a varied range of activities; from the somewhat low cost of living and vibrant nightlife, to the more cultured side of the North East with the Baltic art gallery and vast array of sandy beaches. Not only is it ranked 22nd out of 123 by the times and Sunday time’s good university guide in 2015 but its nutrition and food degrees are in the top 5 in the UK in the complete university guide 2015. Students are taught by leading professionals in research, meaning that they can enter the food industry with an inside view on current topics and ideas. University is not just somewhere where you study but also where you live so it is incredibly important to make sure that you choose the right one.
History of Newcastle University
In 1937 the Newcastle Colleges merged to form King’s College, which then became Newcastle University in 1963, following an act of Parliament. Newcastle is a red brick university, which is also a member of the Russell Group. This group includes 24 prestigious British universities, which collectively aim to research for the United Kingdom.
Newcastle University is particularly ethnically diverse attracting over 200,000 students from 120 countries. There are around 200 undergraduate degrees varying from sciences, engineering, arts and medicine and around 400 postgraduate degrees providing depth into a wide range of disciplines. There are 3 faculties that assist with research at the University: the faculties of humanities and social science, the faculty of medical science and agriculture and engineering. Newcastle is a research driven university, which would be perfect experience for somebody that is interested in entering the food industry.
Food and Nutrition related degrees
There are 3 food and nutrition related degrees at this university: food and human nutrition, marketing and nutrition and nutrition and psychology.
Food and Human Nutrition is a 4-year degree that is professionally accredited by the association for nutrition. This degree allows students to recognise the impact of food consumption and processing on the nutritional value and quality of food on consumer acceptance. There is an option to carry out a placement year in the commercial sector between years 2 and 3 both in the UK and abroad. The placement allows students to get an inside view of the food industry working with companies such as M&S and Tesco.
Marketing and nutrition can be 3 or 4 years and allows students to develop their appreciation of the importance of food marketing and nutritional science to the food markets. This degree also highlights the links between diet and health and the challenges of ensuring that a safe and nutritious food system is maintained globally. This degree is also accredited and has the same possibility of a placement year allowing direct insight into the food industry.
Nutrition and psychology can also be 3 or 4 years and provides students with a more ‘medical’ understanding of the link between diet and health. This degree concentrates on the psychological factors that can potentially play a role on our perception of nutrition in diseases like anorexia. It is a joint honours degree that is closely related to the research facilities allowing students to gain skills that can be used in the food industry.
Living in Newcastle
This university allows students to find the perfect balance of studying to extracurricular activities.
Newcastle gives students the choice of 64 different sports ranging from rowing to ultimate frisbee. To accompany this large range of sports, there is a state of the art sports centre providing a training ground for the different sports teams, a gym and over 1500 exercise classes for those who prefer to train in a less competitive environment. There are also over 170 societies including the 20-minute society and Zumba. There is a strong support and wellbeing service, which aims to aid students through the more challenging aspects of university life.
The Newcastle University campus is constantly evolving in order to increase the satisfaction of students, enabling them to fully enjoy university life discovering new recreational activities and making life long friends.
Why should you choose Newcastle to study and live in?
‘93.7% of our 2013 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.’
Newcastle was voted the favourite UK city by readers of the guardian in 2014. After a stressful week of studying, Newcastle can provide you with a large range of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs to relax in.
St. James’ Park home of Newcastle United is perfect for any sports fan; its central location to the University accommodation allows students to fully appreciate the black and white stripes.
With the Metro Radio Arena and the O2 Academy there are plenty of music concerts, which would rival most UK cities. From Ant and Dec to Rowan Atkinson, Newcastle has produced some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry to date.
According to the UK beach guide, ‘the coastline of the North East of England is among the countries must rugged and charming.’ From surfing to dog walking, from Tynemouth to South Shields, Newcastle can provide a beach suitable for everyone to relax on.
Additionally to this, Newcastle also provides a vast array of attractions, festivals museums and theatres allowing you to fully appreciate the cities beauty.
The Newcastle Gateshead website provides more information on what’s currently on in the North East.
Studying at University, in particular Newcastle University isn’t the only way that you can have a career in the food industry. Yourfoodjob.com is a job board with a wide range of jobs in a diverse radius of locations, which is ideal for anybody looking for a career in the food industry. For somebody living or studying in Newcastle there are jobs such as a Shift Production Manager, which are perfect jobs for a candidate work their way up to in the food industry. The careers advice page on the yourfoodjob.com website has articles that can assist with your research on universities and potential jobs.
The food related degrees at Newcastle would provide potential candidates an introduction to what a career in the food industry can offer. It gives students a substantial chance at entering a food related career through the fantastic teaching and research at Newcastle University.