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Meet our Graduates

See how our graduates progress in their careers with a BSc (Food Science), BSc (Nutritional Sciences) degree and BSc(hons) in Food Science and Technology
Attention to detail, being a cross functional team member and organisation are key to success

Deirdre O'Carroll - Bond Supervisor, Irish Distillers

Deirdre a UCC Food Science and Technology graduate started her Irish Distillers journey in August 2012. In September 2014 Deirdre was appointed the role of Process Technologist. Deirdre was appointed Bond Supervisor, Irish Distillers in September 2016.

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Be patient – a career takes time to develop

Dr. Tom O'Callaghan, Research Officer Teagasc Moorepark, Dept. of Food Chemistry and Technology

Tom graduated from UCC with a B.Sc. in Food Science in 2014. . In 2015, Tom began his Ph.D. in Science based in Teagasc Moorepark examining the impact of pasture based feeding systems on the composition and quality of milk and dairy products.

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Change is good. Be a team player. Always remain curious’

Rachel O’Brien, RDA Technologist II- Primary Dairy, Kerry Europe & Russia

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Make connections and conversations. Keep learning.

Anne Parle MPH BSc, Nutritionist & Site Leader, Food Choice

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Never throw away your university notes - you will go back to them again and again...

Teresa Daly, Business Development Manager (Kerry Group- Enzymes Europe)

Teresa Daly is Business Development Manager at Kerry, based in the Naas, Co. Kildare. She graduated from BSc. Hons Food Science in 2013.

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Food Science at UCC has opened many doors and opportunities in my career linking technical content, innovative thinking and teamwork seamlessly. A global food network (..and many friends along the way

Dr. Eve Mulcahy - Product Manager for Glanbia

Dr. Eve Mulcahy is a Product Manager for Glanbia Ireland’s protein range of ingredients based in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

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I am a practicing Nutrition Consultant with a particular interest in nutrition for sports performance and health.

Shonagh Harpur - The Nutrisho, Emmett Place, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

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Research opens the door to an unexpected and exciting journey

Dr. Ursula Kenny, Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition University of Chester

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‘This is a fantastic programme that links colleges internationally and provides great opportunities for students to understand different cultures and educational systems.’

Jia Hou – Product Development Specialist, Nestlé Development Centre, Askeaton, Ireland

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"This course has allowed me to work in the fast-paced food and beverage industry that continues to innovate and to break boundaries everyday"

Sarah Browner - BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences, MSc Innovation in European Business

Sarah Browner graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork in 2015.

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On graduation with a wide spread of basic core knowledge, microbiology, nutrition, food chemistry, processing and engineering.. also, knowing I could pick up the phone for support was a huge bonus

Valerie Kingston - Glenilen Foods, BSc Food Science (1991)

Valerie Kingston and her husband Alan, are the founders of Glenilen Farm, an artisan, dairy-based food company located in West Cork. Valerie’s entrepreneurial journey began when she started selling home-produced cheesecakes at the local farmer’s market over 20 years ago. What originated as a cottage industry is now an award-winning commercial enterprise supplying dairy-based chilled products to major retailers in Ireland and the UK, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

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Make Work Placement Work for you

Susan is a credit to UCC School of Food and Nutritional Sciences!

Dave Savage- Pepisco R&D, Cork

Susan Aherne spent her Internship with Pepsico R&D in Cork working in the Concentrate Development Team.

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I was involved in bringing the product 'Velo Tandem' from idea to shelf. This was of course a huge success for a small local producer - suffice to say my workplace mentor was thrilled!

Jennifer Ramsbottom - 4th Year Nutritional Science student

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From the knowledge I had acquired while studying at UCC, I was able to put theory into practice by developing a “meat-like” sausage from plant based ingredients.

Kate Collins - 4th Year Nutritional Science student

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1880 - 1889 The 1880's

1880 Munster Dairy School - Model Farm Cork

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1880 Munster Dairy School - Model Farm Cork

Dr. Tolborn, a member of the Cork Agricultural Society, proposed in 1880 that a dairy school should be established at the Munster Model Farm in Cork. The Board for National Education supported the proposal and the Munster Dairy School and Agricultural Institute was established and opened in 1880. This was the first dairy school in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It introduced a course (two 6-week terms) for the training of 'dairymaids' for farm butter-making.

1920 - 1929 The 1920's

1923 First Professor of Agriculture, University College Cork.

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1923 First Professor of Agriculture, University College Cork.

On March 27th 1923, Professor Connell Boyle was appointed by the Senate as Professor of Agriculture, UCC. At the same meeting Dr. M. Grimes was appointed as Lecturer in Agricultural Bacteriology. 

1924 Report of the Drew Commission

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1924 Report of the Drew Commission

April 11, 1924. The Report of the Drew Commission which was drawn up to advise the newly established Irish Free State Government made numerous recommendations on aspects of agriculture, including the establishment of a Department of Agriculture at University College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Galway and Trinity College Dublin.

1924 Announcement of Faculty of Agriculture in UCC

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1924 Announcement of Faculty of Agriculture in UCC

At the meeting of the Governing Body of UCC on October 10th 1924, UCC President Merriman announced that following discussions with Government Ministers and Officials of the Department of Agriculture that the Cork College was to be granted a full Faculty of Agriculture. While the minutes of the Governing Body Meeting recorded the title “Faculty of Agriculture” the term “Faculty of Dairy Science” was recorded twice in the margins of the minutes. (apparently there was some confusion at to what was on offer). Professor O'Rahilly who was Register at the time had made a major effort to get a Department/Faculty of Agriculture in UCC.

1924 1st intake of students on the Certificate in Creamery Management Course

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1924 1st intake of students on the Certificate in Creamery Management Course

On 1st October 1924 it was decided by the Government and UCC to transfer the Creamery Managers’ Course from the Royal College of Science of Ireland, Dublin (RCSI) to UCC. On October 3rd 1924, the Assistant Secretary, Department of Lands and Agriculture, H.G. Smith wrote to nine students who had been due to enter the second year of the Creamery Manager Course at the RCSI informing them that they were being transferred to UCC and that they should report there on October 14 T 10:00. They were requested to confirm which all of them did. There was an intake in 1924 of 13 students, 11 of whom graduated in 1926 and a further 11 in 1927.

1928 Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Dairy Institute

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1928 Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Dairy Institute

Following much discussion the location of Fernhurst Avenue (now Donovans Road) was chosen as the location for the building of the New Dairy Institute. Work commenced on the building with the laying of the foundation stone by W.T. Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State on July 20, 1928.  The building was opened in 1931.

1928 First BSc (Dairying) graduate conferred

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1928 First BSc (Dairying) graduate conferred

Jeremiah Doherty was the first graduate conferred with a BSc (Dairying) in 1928. Mr. Jeremiah Doherty (front row, second from left) with President Merriman and academic staff, 1928.

1930 - 1939 The 1930's

1930 Experimental Creamery commences operations

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1930 Experimental Creamery commences operations

The UCC Experimental Creamery built as part of the Dairy Science Building commenced operation in April 1930. It was a semi-commercial operation with a capacity to process 20,000L milk per day.  It purchased cream from the small co-operative creameries, Ballinhassig CDS, Carrigaline CDS and Imokilly CDS. And surplus milk from liquid milk producers in the Cork area. It made made retail sales of cheese and butter under its own brand, “University Band”.

1936 First Postgraduate Students

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1936 First Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate degrees in MSc (Dairying) and PhD were introduced at an early stage.  First Postgraduate Students (seated l-r: Dr. A.J. Hennerty, Prof. Merriman, President, W. Finlay (MSc), (standing l-r:  T. Neville (BSc Dairying), Prof. Grimes, M. O’Shea (MSc later Professor of Dairy Technology).

1940 - 1949 The 1940's

1946 First female BSc(Dairy Science) conferred

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1946 First female BSc(Dairy Science) conferred

Ms. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was the 1st female to graduate with a BSc in Dairy Science in 1946

1960 - 1969 The 1960's

1962 Major Expansion of the Dairy Science Programme

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1962 Major Expansion of the Dairy Science Programme

A major expansion of the Dairy Science Programme occurred in January 1962  with the appointment of lectureships in Dairy Technology, Dairy Accounting and Economics,  Dairy and Food Microbiology, Dairy Engineering and Agriculture.

Photograph shows the Inaugural Meeting of Dairy Science Society, 1967. Front left to right: John Pearse, Leo Whtie, Professor Michael O'Shea, Professor Tom Raftery, Charlie Daly (Later Professor and Dean) Back left to right: Con O'Leary, Sean O'Donovan, Jack Murphy, Jerry Beechinor and Bernie Cahill.

1970 - 1979 The 1970's

1974 Introduction of Human Nutrition to the Dairy Science Programme

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1974 Introduction of Human Nutrition to the Dairy Science Programme

Human Nutrition was added to the BSc (Dairying) programme and subsequently in 1979 a joint honours degree in Food Chemistry and Nutrition was introduced.

Photograph: Professor P.A. Morrissey, Lecturer in Food Chemistry and first Professor of Nutrition, UCC

1977 Construction of New Food Science and Technology Building

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1977 Construction of New Food Science and Technology Building

A new site was chosen for the New Food Science and Technology Building at College Road. The site included four properties. La Retraite, Lapp’s Charity, a private house (Cudmore’s) and a poultry merchant’s yard which were purchased. The New Food Science and Technology Building was completed and occupied in 1979. The new building included extensive pilot plant facilities with equipment for Dairy, Meat and Cereal Technology.

1990 - 1999 The 1990's

1993 Expansion of the Food Science and Technology Building

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1993 Expansion of the Food Science and Technology Building

Owing to lack of physical facilities the Food Science and Technology Building underwent a further expansion. The building was officially opened in 1993.

Photograph: Official Opening of the Food Science and Technology Building Left-Right:  Albert Flynn, Dean, Bernard Allen, TD, Joe O’Callaghan, Lord Mayor of Cork. Niamh Breathnach, Minister for Education, Michael Mortell, President, UCC.

1998 Establishment of the Department of Food Science and Technology

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1998 Establishment of the Department of Food Science and Technology

During mid 1990's, President of UCC Michael Mortell, embarked on a rationalization programme throughout UCC. This included the amalgamation of Departments within the Faculty of Food Science and Technology. Following consultation the Departments of Food Chemistry, Food Technology, Nutrition and Agriculture agreed to amalgamate to form a Department of Food Science and Technology.  This later became the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and presently the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences with Professorships in Food Technology, Food Chemistry and Nutrition. 

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Room 240 Food Science Building, University College, Cork

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