The University of Birmingham are laying the foundations for brand new food programmes as part of the Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP), a major scheme to ensure the agri-food industry has the key skills needed to meet the challenges posed by national and global food security. The partnership builds on the expertise of leading UK institutions in food and agricultural research working together with the food industry to provide postgraduate-level taught and research training to food industry professionals.
Birmingham’s Food team in the School of Chemical Engineering is developing the Food ATP programmes in conjunction with the University of Reading, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to develop highly skilled food industry leaders of tomorrow.
The University and its partners have developed formal postgraduate qualifications, and offer continuing professional development through taught modules, tailored programmes and active research. The Food ATP academic qualifications will be jointly awarded by the Universities of Birmingham and Reading and will allow industry professionals to integrate learning from across the food chain from primary production to consumers, through bringing together expertise in a unique training partnership. More than 20 foremost industry partners from across the food industry including Kraft Foods, Waitrose, British Sugar and Sainsbury’s , are steering and shaping the training to ensure industry’s needs are met.
The design of food processes and microstructures is a major research activity in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Birmingham. The themed areas focus on food, health and nutrition, product structure and function and food safety and hygiene. Research provided underpins support to the food industry and puts forward the new areas that are demanded by consumers and policy makers e.g. healthy foods that are convenient, safe and still fit into a normal diet or are even seen as indulgent (healthy indulgent) and the design of food processes with zero waste and lower environmental impact.
The group at Birmingham is the largest of its type in any UK academic engineering department.
The University College Birmingham (formerly the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies) is a recognised centre for food education excellence with a number of Full Time Undergraduate courses:
Bakery and Confectionery Technology FdSc
Culinary Arts Management BA (Hons)
Culinary Arts Management FdA
Food and Consumer Management BSc (Hons)
Food and Consumer Management BSc (Hons) Top-Up
Food and Consumer Management FdSc