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Explore the experiences of alumni and academics from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Outstanding students


Ellie Read, BSc Nutrition and Food Science with Professional Training

Read about Ellie's highly successful new product development internship with Graze, and the support she received from the Department during her internship.

The Yasai Caulirice Sushi Team

Discover how Pavandeep Matharu (BSc Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences graduate) and Natasha Patel (BSc Food Science with Industrial Training graduate) won an international food award for their innovative sushi product.

Liwen Zheng, MSc Food Technology – Quality Assurance

Liwen came to Reading from China as part of the 2+2 programme. She enjoyed her undergraduate degree so much, she decided to continue her studies at Reading with an MSc in Food Technology - Quality Assurance.

Rachel Jamieson, MSc Food Science

FInd out how Rachel's MSc Food Science degree enabled her to combine her background in chemistry with a passion for food, nutrition, and wellbeing.

Ruth Barnes, PhD student

Read about Ruth's research into when healthy foods go wrong.

Inspiring alumni

Lorna Kuriakose, Flavourist at Givaudan

A master's degree from the University of Reading allowed Lorna to immerse herself in a new culture, and led her to a job with a global leader in the flavour industry.

Ben Hills, Head of Technical at Bigham's

Find out how Ben's scientific interests led him to a food technology degree at Reading and a thriving career in the food sector.

Hannah Pettit, Junior Technical Manager at Ella's Kitchen

Learn how Hannah's BSc Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences degree helped her secure a successful career in the food industry.

Louisa Andrews, Quality Systems Manager at Premier Foods

Discover how the combined science and business skills Louisa learned at Reading set her apart from other graduates.

Faye Wheller, Science teacher

Faye originally graduated in biology and qualified as a science teacher. An interest in food science led her to a part-time master's at Reading – and to new opportunities in her teaching career.

Ewen Trafford, British Nutrition Foundation

Discover how our MSc Nutrition and Food Science programme, accredited by the Association for Nutrition, paved the way for Ewen Trafford's public career in nutrition.

Meet our academic and teaching staff

Dr Colette Fagan

Dr Colette Fagan is Associate Professor in Food Processing and Head of the Food Processing Centre. Colette is an expert in industrial microbiology and engineering technology.

Professor Jeremy Spencer

Professor Spencer's work explores the relationship between diet, disease and the health of the human brain.

Dr Luke Bell

Read about Dr Luke Bell's award-winning research into the flavour compounds found in our foods.