UCW students to gain professional experience at Isle of Wight Festival

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Degree students from UCW will be helping to make sure the food at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival is as good as the music.

The students from the UCW Public and Environmental Health and Environmental Health and Practice programmes, which are delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol, will carry out food safety audits in the run-up to the event which takes place from 8-11 June.

They will inspect the more than 100 food and drink stalls as they are setting up on the site and then carry out spot checks during the festival, which is being headlined this year by Arcade Fire, David Guetta and Rod Stewart.

With the only Chartered Institute of Environmental Health-accredited Foundation degree and integrated Master’s programme in the UK, UCW was the natural choice for festival food concessions company Maniq when it was looking for work experience candidates.

UCW Curriculum Coordinator David Lown said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get some great professional practice so we’re delighted to have been approached by Maniq.

“The students already have the skills to be able inspect the vendors and make sure they are meeting the relevant regulations, so the challenge will be in inspecting so many varied businesses in such a short space of time.

“It is obviously going to be a fun environment for the students to work in, though, and I’m sure they’ll be able to see some bands and enjoy the atmosphere before and after their shifts.”

Work-focused learning is central to studying for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Top-up qualifications in Public and Environmental Health at UCW.

The degrees have embedded fieldwork in areas including water quality monitoring, risk assessments, housing surveys, health and safety audits of businesses, and environmental assessments, and also include work placements in places including Gibraltar.

The MSci in Environmental Health and Practice, studied over four years at UCW and UWE Bristol, includes all of the elements required for participants to become fully-qualified environmental health practitioners.