Raised on a Co Waterford dairy farm, Eleanor Kent brings her food processing quality assurance background to the table on WIT's Food Science courses
Eleanor Kent Programme Leader, BSc in Food Science with Business and BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation
Lectures on BSc in Food Science with Business, BSc in Food Science and Innovation, BSc in Agricultural Science and BSc in Agriculture
Modules taught Food Safety Management Systems, Food Analysis, Food Ingredients, Food Regulatory Affairs, Nutrition and Food Innovation.
Home is Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary but originally from Co Waterford.
Land Science credentials Raised on a dairy farm and former employee of the Odlum Group and the Dawn Group.
My interest in Food Production/ Food Safety stems from My previous work as a quality assurance manager in the food processing industry.
Undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) in Food Chemistry and Nutrition (UCC)
Masters and/or PhD MSc in Food Regulatory Affairs
Research interests Food Safety, Food Processing, Nutrition
Links with industry Work placement co-cordinator for BSc in Food Science with Business and ongoing links with industry in relation to Food Innovation modules.
Career trends for BSc in Food Science with Business and BSc in Food Science and Innovation graduates Graduates are finding employment in the areas of Quality Control, Food Safety Auditing, Quality Assurance, Product Innovation and Food Industry Graduate Programmes in either the beef, dairy, brewing and seafood sector. Some graduates have progressed onto further studies in either WIT or other third level Institutes.
The main challenges and opportunities facing the food industry in Ireland are:
- Worldwide population growth and aging population
- Growing urbanisation
- Changing diets and emerging consumer trends
- Sustainability and environmental issues
- Transparency and traceability
- Optimising health
- Product innovation and added value