We always encourage our students to broaden their horizons and further develop skills such as creativity, leadership, communication, problem solving and team work as these essential “soft” skills are highly valued by employers. Here are just a few examples of what our students have been up to outside the classroom......
Our food students have enjoyed great success competing in the QUB wide “What’s the Big Idea?” competition as part of the Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship module, winning the “Best Idea” award in the Faculty in 2019/20 based on their innovative business pitches.
This summer our food students have linked up with the University of Cambridge to take part in MAKEit, bringing their expertise, passion and team spirit to work online in teams to create new business ideas that could help the fruit & vegetable supply chains become more prepared for future disruptions such as pandemics and climate change. Their ideas will be converted into physical prototypes with the support from Makespace Cambridge. This experience has provided them with expert webinars, online team ideation platforms, mentoring, home prototyping materials and a remote prototyping service, and been lots of fun! It is also a fantastic addition to their CV.
Each year our food students have the opportunity to compete in a joint team with their Agriculture student counterparts representing Queen’s in the Dawn Meats “Great Agri-Food Debate”, competing against universities from all over Ireland.