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Eden students on tour

Eden Study Tour Appleby Creamery - cropped Our new cohort of 19 dairy technology students from Arla Foods, Müller-Wiseman Dairies, Dairy Crest and Glanbia Cheese started their ‘Eden‘ journey last week with a trip around the dairies of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Students had the opportunity to get a feel for the variety of products and processes that they will be experiencing as part of their course.

First stop was Arla in Leeds, to see their extensive liquid milk processing site. Next stop was Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, North Yorkshire, to see the wonderful array of cheeses made at this small scale creamery. Students were treated to a fantastic array of samples including Wensleydale cheese with Mango and Ginger, Blue Wensleydale and their extra mature Wensleydale Kit Calvert. After a rather rainy night in Kendal it was on to an artisan cheese producer, Appleby Creamery, where they saw how to make some fantastic sheep’s milk cheese.

The study tour ended at Dairy Crest, Kirkby. Students were given an insight into the large-scale production processes of Clover spread and were shown around by new Eden graduate and Reaseheath alumnus Steve Woods.

The work has just begun for this cohort – we wish them all the best of luck!

Kathy Merrett

Food Programme Leader

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Catching up with trainee dairy technologist – Georgie Brighton

Georgie BrightonGeorgie achieved a distinction in her Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology from Reaseheath after joining us back in 2009. She then progressed onto a foundation degree in food industry with management. During her degree, Georgie successfully managed her time and spent the summer months working as a Section Manager in the Customer Service and Replenishment department at Waitrose.

Growing up on a dairy farm, Georgie took a particular interest in the dairy industry whilst studying at Reaseheath. With the dairy industry in mind, on the successful completion of her foundation degree she decided to apply for a job at Arla Foods. Following a competitive selection process involving a telephone interview and two site based interviews, Georgie won a position as a trainee dairy technologist at Arla. Arla along with other leading dairy companies work in collaboration with Reaseheath College to deliver a specialist dairy technology training programme, Project Eden.

As a trainee dairy technologist at Arla, Georgie is now enrolled onto Project Eden and is working towards a FdSc in Dairy Technology – to help her gain the technological skills to progress within the dairy industry.  She will spend the majority of her time at Arla’s Westbury site, where she will gain vital work experience in each section of the factory and broaden her knowledge of the manufacturing process of butter and whey powder. During the three year programme, Georgie will spend 7-9 week blocks at Reaseheath twice a year to complete the theory, practicals and assessment for the qualification. Each trainee dairy technologist is also assigned a mentor to support them throughout the programme.

Georgie commented, “It’s a delight to have the opportunity work in an industry I love and continue to study at the same time. I’m excited for the future and really pleased to be chosen as the class representative at Reaseheath for the dairy technology cohort.”

To find out more about Project Eden and our dairy technology training programme, please visit our website.alraRGB-Web-logo-2


Project Eden award winners – 2014

Each year awards are presented to our latest graduating cohort of dairy technologists as part of Project Eden. The award winners were announced at Reaseheath Graduation Ceremony, held at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich.

Project Eden enables students to work towards a bespoke Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology. This year’s graduates are employed by the industry by companies such as Arla, Dairy Crest, First Milk, Cottelswold Dairy and Müller-Wiseman.

Award winners this year:

Adrian Tew: National Skills Academy 'student of the year'

Adrian Tew of Müller Wiseman: National Skills Academy ‘student of the year’


Dan Millea: Festo Prize for Automation winner

Dan Millea of Dairy Crest: Festo Prize for Automation winner

Dan Millea: Festo Prize for Automation winner

Sue Twist and Paul Winfield of Arla Foods: Society of Dairy Technology award winners

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Chris Holland of Müller Wiseman:  Society of Dairy Technology ‘best student project’





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Reaseheath graduation opens doors to career success

Graduates from Reaseheath College received degrees designed to boost their careers at a ceremony in the centre of Nantwich.

Dressed in gowns and mortar boards, almost 150 graduates spilled out of St Mary’s Church to celebrate with Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, who was guest speaker.

Food graduates marked their achievements alongside other Reaseheath graduates who had completed degrees in agricultural scienceequine science, engineeringgarden and landscape design, countryside management, adventure sports management, and rural events management, all delivered in partnership with Harper Adams University.

One of our most successful programmes in the food department is Project Eden. This programme offers dairy technologists the chance to gain a globally recognised Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology. All 23 Eden graduates excelled this year, achieving either a distinction or merit overall.

 BSc (Hons) graduates were also flying high with 30% gaining a first class honours degree, with an overall brilliant year for all our graduates in the food department.

Describing the Nantwich ceremony as one of the highlights of the academic year, Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David emphasised that the graduates would see a massive return on their financial and emotional investment. An independent analysis had shown that £40,000 spent on course fees and living expenses would secure an additional £250,000 over the span of a career. Nearly 90% of Reaseheath graduates who completed degrees last year were in related employment within six months of completing their course on an average starting salary of £21,000.

In such a competitive jobs market it  remains vital that higher education (HE) programmes are delivered and validated by high quality, well respected institutions. Reaseheath’s own HE programmes had recently been inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and had received fantastic report, equivalent to an ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted.

Although academic progress was important, Meredydd pointed out that many graduates had helped to organise social events and charity fund raising, which last year contributed £12,000 to worthy charities.

Congratulating the graduates, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who studied politics and now has a seat in the House of Lords, said that education was vital and led to wider choices. Her key advice was to try something new and not be put off by failure. Although she had been dedicated to wheelchair racing from the age of 12 she did not win for four years and this had taught her how to train and be committed.

Take a look at this year’s Eden award winners here.

To find out more about our degree programmes please visit the Higher Education pages on our website.

For more photos from the day, visit the Reaseheath College Facebook page.

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Eden students’ cheese triumphs at Nantwich Show 2014


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Fantastic results for our second year Dairy Technology (Eden) students at the International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich Show 2014. Our students produced two award winning cheeses:

Speciality Cheese Maker Category – SILVER for the ‘Derby’

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Novice Cheese Maker Category – BRONZE for the ‘Coloured Cheshire’

This was a great accolade for our students, as this show is truly the best of the best, with 4,400 cheeses entered from 23 countries! Staff from our Food Centre stewarded for the judges.


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Toni-Anne Harrison is featured on the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show

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On March 12th this year I was fortunate (some would say) to be exposed to  a live 3 minute interview with non-other than the God of Radio himself, Mr Chris Evans.

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Primed with information on milk composition, module content and student profile, I was asked nothing of what I had so diligently prepared for the night before; indeed Chris decided to focus his efforts on the assessment methods used in ascertaining students success within the EDEN programme.

Whilst the banter was light hearted, the message is somewhat more serious – EDEN like all of our programmes within the department, is fundamental to ensuring that students entering the food industry are both equipped with the necessary knowledge however also that their practical competence is of a level that shows excellence in learning.

As students you are in a unique position of knowing that the job market which you are entering, post completion of studies, is both buoyant as well as diverse and appealing, growing year on year like no other sector.  My advice to you all, absorb like a sponge – for the cream will always rise to the top in this industry.