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Food degree delivers success for local graduate

July 27, 2021

Julie-Anne Giles has just completed four years of study at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Loughry Campus. Julie-Anne from Seskinore, outside Omagh studied for BSc Honours Degree in Food Business Management. She has recently taken up a graduate position with Moy Park as a Growth Settler Analyst.

CAFRE, in partnership with Ulster University offers students the opportunity to focus their higher level studies and nurture their practical skills and knowledge using the specialist food facilities at Loughry Campus.

On recalling her time at CAFRE Julie-Anne commented; “I thoroughly enjoyed the four years I spent at Loughry. The Food Business Management Degree covered so many different aspects of the food supply chain. In particular, I found the finance and management modules brilliant. They incorporated lots of practical application and challenges. It’s a great feeling when you grasp new concepts, it gives a real sense of understanding and achievement!”

Students completing the BSc (Hons) Food degree courses at CAFRE have the opportunity to complete a period of professional work placement within an agri-food business.

“In my third year of study, I was delighted to be offered a 48 week work placement with Dale Farm, at the Dunman site. The dairy industry is an extremely fast paced sector. During my work placement I developed my knowledge and gained further insights into the operations of the food industry. Following completion of my placement year, I was awarded a Diploma in Professional Practice. Dale Farm offered me a part-time job which I continued to work throughout my final year studies,” commented Julie-Anne. 

Loughry Campus is one of three campuses of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise. Each campus has specialist facilities and staff to deliver industry driven courses. Loughry Campus students are focused on a career in the food industry, a sector which is a key driver of financial growth to the local economy. CAFRE students benefit from the tailored resources the college offers and Julie-Anne reflected; “Life at Loughry is like being part of a big family. Everyone knows each other. Starting university you may have fears about making new connections but I have made friends for life! The lecturers are very helpful and are there to help you with any questions you may have!”

If you are considering studying for a higher level qualification in Food Freephone 0800 028 4291 to talk about course opportunities for you.