Find your local IFST university representative

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Jamie Hind

Jamie Hind
​Cardiff Metropolitan University

Upon completion of my placement  at M & S, I am returning for my third year studying Food Science and Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am looking forward to being a representative for my university and sharing my enthusiasm for food science with my peers, as well as exploring the opportunities that IFST offers.

Gaurav Choraria 
Cardiff Metropolitan University

I am a final year student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I look forward to get the student group from Cardiff actively involved in the various events and competitions that the IFST organises across the year. 

Adelaide Barwood

Adelaide Barwood
Coventry University

I am a final year Food and Nutrition student at Coventry University. My love of food science stems from fond memories of baking for special occasions as a child. Something has always been magical about the ability of food to bring people together and this enticed me to explore further through my studies. Having just finished my placement year in the sensory department at IFF (International Flavours & Fragrances), I am looking forward to fulfilling my role this year as both a Young Ambassador and an IFST representative. My aim is to increase awareness and participation in IFST events among Coventry university students. 

Susan Cowan

Susan Cowan
​Glasgow Caledonian University

I am a 3rd year BSc Food Bioscience student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Following 6 years working within the Hospitality industry as a chef, I developed an interest in the science and technologies utilised within the Food and beverage industry which led to me returning to study the subject in greater detail. I have a particular interest in food safety and crime.  As a student representative for the IFST I strive to bring awareness to the course at my university and to promote IFST membership, networking and career opportunities among students in Scotland.

Matt Swain

Matt Swain
Liverpool John Moores University

My name is Matt and I am looking forward to being one of your IFST Representatives at LJMU! I'm currently in my second year of Food Development and Nutrition and I really enjoy getting stuck in to the exciting and technical world of Food Product Development and related sciences. I have developed a particular passion recently for sustainable development in our industry and how this is an important factor that will affect us all in the future, and how what we eat not only impacts on our senses and our health; but also the wider world around us! 

I aim to share the fantastic work the IFST does in providing a platform to enthusiastic students to make a real difference in our industry and aim to attend as many events as possible to meet, network and share my ideas with my peers and professionals

James Penswick
Liverpool John Moores University

James Penswick, a IFST University representative at LJMU, based at IM Marsh campus, studying Food Development and Nutrition. Currently in my second year and I enjoy the product development side the most, but do enjoy learning about sustainability. I was previously a chef before coming to University for 12 years and now I want to develop my knowledge further. I am currently in the process of setting up a business with one of my fellow students at the University, selling high end, individual desserts.

I am also the course representative for my course as I like to try help people wherever I can and look forward to working with IFST to help get students on board.

Robin Leaper

Robin Leaper
University of Nottingham

A MSc student at the University of Nottingham. I became involved in the IFST through the Young Scientist competition. I am hoping to share my enthusiasm for Food Science with new undergraduates.

Daisy Akgonullu

Daisy Akgonullu
University of Leeds

I am a Food Science student at the University of Leeds, who hopes to have a career in food development/processing. During my spare time, I enjoy nothing more than cooking and experimenting with different recipes, and travelling to new restaurants to stay updated with culinary trends. I am incredibly passionate about the food and drink industry, and as an avid traveller, I hope to visit new countries to discover more cultures and their cuisines.

Work experience with a process technologist team within Samworth Brothers, has given me an insight into the processes involved in development and production. As food demand continues to grow exponentially, I feel that is increasingly important to keep updated with research, so would like to raise awareness of it through being an IFST representative. Also, in this role I hope I can share my enthusiasm for the industry, and increase my knowledge of its advances. 

Andri Neocleous - University of Leeds

Andri Neocleous
University of Leeds

I am a Food Science and Nutrition student at The University of Leeds. I have a keen interest in new product development and I plan to gain experience in this sector of the food industry in my placement year next year. I also enjoy embracing myself in different cultures and I fulfilled this by volunteering to teach English to Thai children in Thailand this summer.

Julia Jaczo

Julia Jaczo
Plymouth University

I am final year Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health student at Plymouth University, where I represent the IFST. I have been passionate about nutrition and gastronomy since I was 12 years old. My mother taught me and my sisters how to cook, how to grow and use fruit and vegetables sustainably, how to nourish our bodies with whole foods and how to bring loved ones together by creating something delicious.

Having gathered experience in nutritional consultation at the local food bank and in nutritional research at the university’s research programme, I am currently working in a kitchen and I am also a featured recipe developer at a healthy eating website. In my free time, I run my own lifestyle blog or train clients as a newly qualified personal trainer. I am looking forward to represent and promote the IFST among the students of the university.

Daniel Hefft

Daniel Hefft
​Reading University

My name is Daniel Hefft and I am glad to be the IFST studentship representative at Reading University. I am from Germany and attained my degree in Food Science and Technology BSc and engineer’s certificate at University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany) with focus on the technology of bakery products and confectionery in 2014. Before studying I have absolved a couple of placements in the food industry (vegetables, baked goods, meat etc.) where I started to love food science.

Following on, I worked in one of the worldwide leading bakery manufacturers in management positions before I came to Reading in September 2015. Currently I am pursuing here a MSc in Food Technology – Quality Assurance.

Adebambo Oluwabunmi

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Adebambo Oluwabunmi 
Reading University

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria and then decided to pursue a master’s degree in Food Science which I graduated from in 2013 from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne in order to have a solid background in research. This has given me the opportunity to follow my passion in research by undergoing a PhD in Food Microbiology which I am currently studying at Reading University. I am currently in my 2nd year of PhD and I am working on Lactic acid bacteria from the gut.  In my free time I enjoy having time with my kid, surfing the internet, and cooking.

Esther Babatunde

Esther Babatunde
Reading University

Having completed my first year studying Food Technology and Bioprocessing at the University of Reading I am looking forward to further developing my knowledge in this field. I am keen to then implement knowledge gained to future placement opportunities and my career. Apart from my studies, I enjoy playing sports especially netball and also enjoy devoting time to volunteering initiatives on and off campus.

I am involved in a few societies one of which is the University Food Society (RUFANS). My role on the committee provides me with a great platform to showcase the amazing opportunities IFST membership may bring to student's personal and professional progression. Being an IFST student representative I am keen to get more involved in IFST events and promote the IFST as a whole.

Anna Monaghan
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Anna Monaghan
Queens University Belfast

Anna is a 3rd year student of BSc Hons Food Quality, Safety & Nutrition at Queen's University Belfast (QUB).  She has founded and is currently president of QUB's 1st Food Science/Nutrition Society, 'QUBFoodies'.  At present she is enjoying learning all the various aspects of Food Science and taking every opportunity to gain as much experience as possible such as work with The Centre for Public Health and Institute of Global Food Security; experience she hopes to build upon this year during her placement as a Technical Excellence Nutrition Intern with GlaxoSmithKline. 

Ben King

Ben King
University College Birmingham

I am currently in my third year at UCB studying for a BSc Hons in Food development and Innovation. I'm delighted to be your IFST university representative as I want to encourage more students to join the IFST and discover the benefits of being a member. I have always had a passion for food since a young age which has lead to a past career as a chef, and now in food manufacturing. My aim is to get students more involved with industry through the IFST's networking, conference and career events. 

Ben is also a member of IFSTs Student Group

Kiu Sum
​University of Westminster

Currently an undergraduate in Human Nutrition at University of Westminster with a desire to further my skills and experiences in the area of food nutrition with public health. Whilst a student member in IFST, I also sit on the South East Branch Committee and help facilitate with student engagement where possible. I also run a student led society, Westminster Nutrition Society, as President where it has developed its presence within the department and faculty these past years. The society is closely working with varies of professional bodies and organisations, bringing them into our events we organise throughout the year.

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