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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.

Kshama Khandige, MSc Food Science

Kshama is currently studying for her MSc in Food Science at Reading and has obtained an amazing postgraduate job in the quality function of the multinational company Lactalis Nestle.

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.

Charlotte Dibble, Quality Technologist at Yeo Valley

Learn about Charlotte Dibble's impressive in the organic dairy product industry with Yeo Valley, following her graduation from the University of Reading with a BSc in Food Science. Charlotte's journey showcases how her education paved the way for her success in the field of food science and nutrition.

Cassie Moore, Public Health Strategist at Camden Public Health

Read about Cassie’s journey through the world of public health, where her passion for promoting well-being led her from undergraduate studies in Nutrition and Food Sciences at Reading to impactful roles as a public health analyst and strategic planner.

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.

Professor Lisa Methven

Lisa Methven, Professor in Food and Sensory Science, leads the SureChoc project. Her research, in partnership with industry, has led to the development of a healthier milk chocolate bar.

Professor Julie Lovegrove

Professor Julie Lovegrove is an award-winning researcher and Head of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition.

Athena SWAN Silver Award