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IFST accredits undergraduate degree programmes

Three Bachelor programmes from the University of Reading are the latest to be accredited under the IFST degree accreditation scheme. IFST established the scheme, involving the food sector and employers as well as academics in its design and specification, in response to the needs of the sector to identify the most relevant food science and technology degrees. Since launching in May 2015, 32 programmes at Bachelor and Masters levels have been successful and many others are undergoing assessment.

Professor Carol Phillips, chair of IFST Education and Career Committee, explained that the aim of the scheme is twofold: it helps students decide which degree programmes to consider and it helps sector employers identify suitably qualified graduates. ‘There is fantastic range of food- and non-food related degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level', she said, ‘but not all of them enable graduates to slip seamlessly into a professional food science and technology career. A degree accredited by IFST tells potential students that the programme meets the requirements of future employers. Employers, on the other hand, know that graduates of IFST accredited programmes possess the most important knowledge, skills and behaviours, the foundation of becoming a food science and technology professional.’

According to Andrew Gardner, IFST Operations Director, the scheme has taken off faster than anticipated, demonstrating a growing need for universities to show potential students and employers how their programmes translate into the real world of food science and technology. IFST considers applications in May and November each year.

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