SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT FOOD HYGIENE?
Enter the SOFHT Student Award 2014 with a chance to win cash and an internship with our sponsors Tesco!
Studying for a food related or environmental health undergraduate or MSc degree course? The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) is looking for the food industry talent of the future so why not enter the SOFHT Student Award 2014, now in its second year?
Dedicated to the promotion of the importance of food safety since 1979, SOFHT is an independent organisation comprised of members sourced from the fields of food manufacturing, processing, retailing, quality control, monitoring and testing.
Daniel Walker, Winner 2013
Last year’s winner Daniel Walker who studied food science at Reading University and is now a technical management trainee with ABP Beef the UK’s largest beef processor, said on winning ‘It is fantastic to win. I put a lot of effort into researching and writing this piece of work – editing it was the biggest challenge. I could have written 10,000 words covering the entire subject with all the reading I had undertaken’
Lucie Humphreys, Runner up 2013
“The SOFHT student award is a great opportunity for students studying a food related degree. It will help to enhance my CV, as well as giving me the opportunity to gain further knowledge on campylobacter and its impact on the food industry. It was an interesting topic to research into and I really enjoyed finding out more on the subject, not realising how much there is to know about campylobacter!’
How to Enter
We would like you to write a 2000 word dissertation in response the following scenario which has been set by one of the SOFHT Directors:
Following on from the publication of the Elliot Review into the 2013 Horsegate Incident, how would you go about implementing the recommendations the report makes so that such incidents do not arise again, but more importantly what additional steps do you believe should also be taken by all sectors of the food industry, and if so, how would you implement them?’
The judges will be looking for a good understanding of the Elliot review and the student’s interpretation of the recommendations. An understanding of how the industry may already have started implementing the recommendations would be expected.
Entries should be typed, 1.5 line spacing and submitted either by email or by post to SOFHT by 30 September 2014.
Please ensure that you clearly mark your name, contact details including postal address, the degree course you are studying for and the name of the college or University.
Winner £250 cash plus a 4 week work (unpaid) placement within the Tesco trading law and technical department and £400 vouchers from Campden BRI to spend on technical resources.
Second prize £100 cash and £200 Campden BRI voucher
Third prize £50 cash and £100 Campden BRI voucher
Where to send your entries
You can email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or send by post to
The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology
Middleton House Farm
- The Awards are open to students currently studying for a full time Higher Education undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in a food science/technology or an environmental health related degree (BA, BSc, MSc, MA) at a UK university or university affiliated college.
- Students are eligible to enter in the final year of their course or as a postgraduate MSc student. Research students studying for a PhD are not eligible to enter
- Students must reside in the UK
- The Awards are free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
- The 2,000 word dissertation must be typed and submitted either by email or post to SOFHT or by the closing date of 30 September 2014.
- The contents of the dissertation must be the work of the student entirely and cannot have been submitted or published elsewhere. Entries where plagiarism is found will be disqualified from the competition without notice.
- The dissertation scenario is:
‘Following on from the publication of the Elliot Review into the 2013 Horsegate Incident’, how would you go about implementing the recommendations made by the report so that such incidents do not arise again, but more importantly what additional steps do you believe should also be taken by all sectors of the food industry, and if so, how would you implement them?’
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Only the top three prize winners will be contacted in writing by mid June. Names of the winner and runners up will be published in the SOFHT website and via Twitter and Facebook
- The winning students agree to take part in publicity activity. The winner will agree to attend the SOFHT Annual Awards in November 2014 in London. Pre-agreed travel costs will be covered.
- SOFHT retains the right to publish the winning entry online at www.sofht.co.uk as guidance for entrants to future SOFHT Student Awards.
- The prizes are as follows: 3rd Prize £50 cash and £100 voucher from Campden BRI, 2nd Prize £100 cash and £200 voucher from Campden BRI, 1st Prize £250 cash and a four week work placement within the Tesco Trading Law and Technical department (subject to a satisfactory interview with Tesco plc) plus £400 voucher from Campden BRI. The prize money will be paid in GBP by cheque
- There is no cash alternative to the internship