Name: Victoria Cary
Course: BSc (Hons) Food Production and Supply Management
Institution: Royal Agricultural College
From food technology to consumer science, Victoria Cary is getting stuck into every aspect of her degree at the Royal Agricultural College.
‘Throughout my course I have been able to explore the whole food chain starting with primary production at a commercial farm level. This included key business elements which I have found essential. The course also looks at food processing, technologies, safety, distribution, marketing and nutritional content and benefits.
My own personal highlights have been study tours, for example, when we had the chance to visit Dovecote Abattoir and Yeo Yogurts as well as many other food producers. I find it extremely beneficial to see what we are learning put into practice and it’s also a fantastic chance to make some very good contacts within the industry. I have also particularly enjoyed investigating the technology behind food production and the logistics involved in the supply chain and delivering food around the world. Consumer Science was a module that I found fascinating, learning about the behaviour and trends that consumers follow which can be detrimental to the food industry.
My degree is three years in total and includes a 20-week work placement in the second and third years. Student placements can be in any area of the food or agriculture industries, anywhere in the world and there are also scholarship opportunities to make international placements more feasible. I chose to work in a sector I intend my dissertation to be based around, so I currently have the chance to collect some primary research.’