Group Schemes for Universities

We pride ourselves on building strong links with universities to enhance students' experience and support their transition into the world of work. A group scheme covering food science students will give your students unparalleled access to our events, competitions and awards, networking opportunities, and resources.

Academic and ancillary staff can also join a University Group Scheme.

“Student membership provides fantastic opportunities for professional development and for students to feel belonging to a network of professionals."

Dr. Daniel M. Anang, Senior Lecture in Food Science and Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University

How your students will benefit:

Your students will be part of a forward-thinking, internationally recognised professional body committed to recognise and empower food professionals by promoting excellence in science and its application throughout the food chain.

They will sign up to the IFST's Code of Professional Conduct and be kept up to date with trends and developments in the sector. IFST membership gives your students access to all the resources they need to learn and grow, extend their knowledge and capabilities.

Each member of your team will enjoy the individual benefits of Student Associate membership, including carefully curated learning materials, webinars and events, podcasts, information statements and FS&T journal.

How do Group Schemes work?

With a Group Scheme in place, you simply cover the membership and registration fees of your food science and technology students and in return we offer:

  • One annual invoice
  • Dedicated account manager                                                                                                                                         

“"IFST has built a solid foundation for growth and engagement within its membership base via a group membership scheme. This inclusive approach has led to the development of deep connections with key organisations, including research and academic institutions."

Delia Mertoiu, Senior Corporate Relationships Manager, IFST

Group schemes can start from relatively small beginnings. If you can think of ten potential IFST members in your university – contact Delia Mertoiu (Senior Corporate Relationships Manager) to learn how we can support your students and your academic team.

We are proud to be working with the following universities:

Sheffield Hallam University

Coventry University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Universitas Syiah Kuala

Nottingham Trent University
Cardiff Metropolitan University 
University of Surrey
IFST Independence

Organisations offering group schemes, benefit from additional activities and engagement with IFST. There is a published set of benefits available to all group scheme organisations who are invited to interact with IFST at various points throughout the year.