“GCU focuses on equality and sustainability, which creates a caring, supportive community.”

2022 BSc (Hons) Food Science graduate graduate Helen Laking shares her insight into life at GCU and life after graduating from university.

I chose to study at GCU because……..

When I attended the GCU open day, I instantly had a good feeling in my gut, like it was the right place for me. I was originally planning to study nutrition elsewhere, but the food science degree at GCU offered a much wider scope of bioscience and food related study. The course was accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, plus included an industrial placement module. I felt these factors would all provide me with a much better opportunity to succeed and be prepared for employment upon completion of my degree.

The most important aspect of my university experience has been…….

Learning the things I didn’t realise I needed to know. Food Science incorporates such a diverse range of subjects. This has introduced me to many new interests and provided me with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and technical skills, that may open up numerous potential career avenues. The people I’ve met at university have been equally as important as the studying. I’ve made some amazing friends who have been an invaluable support network to me.

The biggest lesson learning so far is……..

To have more confidence in my abilities. Throughout my studies I have always just tried my best. I never imagined that I would achieve First Class honours, or gain food industry employment so soon.

I’m proud to be part of the University of the Common Good because……….

It was scary giving up my job and relocating to start full-time education as a mature student. Completing my degree has been a massive challenge for me, which I am very proud to have accomplished. GCU focuses on equality and sustainability, which creates a caring, supportive community. GCU equips students for their future, with the technical and environmental awareness that encourages the proactive thinking necessary to make a difference.

I get my inspiration from…….

My GCU lecturers. There are experts in their fields, many are involved in active research, and have the ability to explain the most complicated concepts with ease. Throughout my degree, they have always been approachable, happy to answer questions, share their knowledge, and go above and beyond to enable students to achieve their potential.

My next steps look like……..

I am lucky to have recently started work with the Quality Assurance Team at Matthew Algie, the Glasgow coffee roastery where I completed my industrial placement. I love the working environment at Matthew Algie and hope to be able to develop my career from here.

Thank you to Helen for sharing her GCU experience, if you would like to share your #GCUGradStory visit: https://bit.ly/3C4zNqY 

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