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First food engineering students graduate from Sheffield Hallam University

23 November 2018

Six graduates recently received their honours at a graduation ceremony at Sheffield City Hall attended by industry leaders including Nestlé and Siemens. 

Of the six MEng Food Engineering students, five gained First Class honours.

Dr Martin Howarth, director of Sheffield Hallam's National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), said: "It is a momentous occasion as we celebrate our first cohort of graduates from our food engineering course. These students are the first of a new generation of food engineers, and it marks another fantastic milestone for our NCEFE."

Soeren Vonsild, food and drink sector consultant and food engineering professional, a partner in the NCEFE, said: "I believe in a future where the UK are exporting exciting, innovative and high value food products on a grand scale. To achieve this we have to make the industry more prestigious by doing more smart work. The NCEFE is an important player establishing culture, tradition and heritage built on competence and skills. This will help ensure the competitiveness of the UK food and drink industry in the future and I am proud to be part of the team that makes this happen."

The graduation comes a month after work began on what will become the new home for the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering alongside the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (OLP), and just two weeks after the Centre received a £600k grant from the Sheffield City Region (SCR). The new research-led centre is due to open next year and will include pilot-scale production facilities, laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces.

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