Summer School

The  event aims to give young scientists a comprehensive introduction to this multidisciplinary science subject, whilst offering the chance to experience life as an undergraduate student at the University of Leeds.

The food industry is one of the largest employers in the world, and offers excellent career opportunities to food science graduates. Scientists are constantly in demand by the industry to ensure that the challenges and demands of the market are met.

The future of our food safety and the health of our ageing population rest, in part, with food scientists and as the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK it is crucial we continue to recruit and train food scientists for the future.

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The Food Science Summer School is sponsored by IGD’s Technical Leadership Forum and the Chilled Food Association.

Applications will open in December 2019.

What are the requirements for the summer school?

All year 12 pupils currently studying at least one core (biology, chemistry, physics or maths) science subject at A-Level are eligible to apply. There are a maximum of 35 places available so we advise students to submit their application as soon as possible.

Due to the terms laid out in our funding agreement with IGD, students may only apply to one of the 4 Food Science Summer Schools at the University of Leeds, University of Reading, Cardiff Metropolitan University or Harper Adams University.

Where does the summer school take place?

Activities will be held in the School of Food Science and Nutrition on the University of Leeds campus and overnight accommodation will be provided for both nights.

Students will be fully supervised throughout their visit, including the overnight stays.

How much does the summer school cost?

Due to generous sponsorship from IGD we are able to offer places free of charge, inclusive of all meals.

What are the planned activities?

The event will give students the chance to:

  • Investigate product design
  • Visit a leading food manufacturer
  • Use analytical techniques to understand the properties of food
  • Explore the campus and experience life at university, including staying in one of our halls of residence
  • Find out more about careers in food
  • Meet current students and graduates
  • Get information and guidance on applying to university

Further details of the programme will be sent to candidates upon receiving an offer of a place.

What are the timings of the summer school?

It is a two night residential summer school from 1-3 July for Year 12 students.

Are there travel bursaries available?

Travel arrangements and expenses will be the responsibility of the individual student; however we have 10 travel awards available for applicants who meet two of the University of Leeds Access to Leeds criteria.  Travel awards will be offered on a first come first served basis to eligible students.