SOFHT Student Award 2017 – Winners Announced

SOFHT-Student-Awards-Winners-2017Two emerging stars in food science demonstrated excellent communication skills in their approach to tackling key industry issues to scoop wins in the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) Student Award 2017.

University of Lincoln undergraduate Sophie Bowers won the Part-time Student/Apprentice in Employment Award with her public advisory poster about understanding recycling symbols on packaging, while Bogdan Prisoschi, currently studying at Teeside University, claimed the Undergraduate Award with a PowerPoint presentation on food handler policies and regulations for non-English speakers.

Karen Middleton-Gell, Technical Director at SOFHT who led the judging panel was impressed with the entries:

“Sophie showed she is passionate about recycling and wanted to raise public awareness about symbols on packaging to encourage people to not recycle more but recycle correctly.  Her poster was easy to understand and worked well as an information tool.”

Sophie joined the University of Lincoln on an advanced apprenticeship scheme as a Laboratory Assistant, where she still works. She is in the 2nd year of a part-time Foundation Course in Food Manufacturing, which will convert to a BSc in Food Science & Technology in 2018

“Bogdan was concerned about the difficulties non-English speakers would have in adhering to food handling regulations and so produced a presentation to get the message across in clear and simple language,” Karen explains.

Originally from Romania, Bogdan became interested in the food industry through his schooling.

Now in the second year of a full-time BSc in Food Science & Engineering at Teeside University, he volunteers on a local advisory committee for take-away restaurants.

The winners will receive a £500 technology voucher from Currys/PC World and a work placement with the Student Award sponsors ALS and Holchem.


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