My academic background in nutrition is as follows – I completed a BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition with DIS (Diploma in Industrial Studies) at University of Ulster Coleraine. I then completed a MSc in Food Science at University College Dublin.

My industrial placement year involved working at the Department of Agriculture and Food Science Newforge Lane Belfast. I worked in animal nutrition research involving pigs and poultry. I also completed my dissertation there (the lab work and statistical analysis). My dissertation involved studying the effect of bushel weight of wheat on the performance of broiler chicks. I worked with kind people who looked out and provided support for a young twenty year old student!