Industry body casts the Student Award net to catch the next generation of food scientists

By Rick Pendrous

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As part of its programme to encourage young people to choose a career in the food industry, the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has launched its first Student Award.

Aimed at undergraduates studying for a food science-related degree course, the new SOFHT Student Award, sponsored by Diversey Sealed Air, will require students to submit a dissertation on a current topical food issue and the food hygiene steps that could be taken to manage it.

Panel of judges

A panel of judges selected from across the food industry will review all entries.

SOFHT is looking for one winner, who will receive an internship with a SOFHT member company as well as a cash prize. Second and third prize winners will also receive a cash prize.

SOFHT chair Catherine Watkinson said: "Today's fast moving food industry provides an exciting and stimulating career, whether in retail buying roles, food testing, technical management, quality control or new product development, for example.

"And, of course, food safety is more important now than ever before. Today's students are the future lifeblood of the industry and we want to encourage them to see food safety and hygiene as integral to a career in food."

Pivotal to future success

Will Grayson, European communications leader for Sealed Air's Diversey Hygiene Solutions, said: "Food safety is at the heart of the Sealed Air business and is pivotal to the future success of the food industry, which is the UK's largest manufacturing sector. We are pleased to be able to support the awards, to work with SOFHT to promote careers in the industry and to meet the next generation of talented food scientists."

Read full details of the Awards, the dissertation scenario, and how to enter here.

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