The first students to complete the PgC Meat Business Management course at Harper Adams University have now graduated.

A ceremony took place at the Butcher's Hall in London, where the students were presented with their certificates from Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, Mark Adams and Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn.

The course is designed to provide staff from the meat industry with the knowledge and skills required to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and profitability of their employers' businesses and to develop their own career potential within the meat industry.

Course Manager and Senior Lecturer in Food Science / Meat Science, Martin Anderson, said: “We are delighted that the first cohort of students has now graduated from this unique course.

“The UK’s meat industry represents one of the most important sectors of the country’s food supply system and is a key component of the agri-food supply chain.

“In designing this qualification we were always mindful that we wanted to create something that was of direct use to the red meat industry, as well as the students.

“These graduates are now in a position to grow into more senior roles and become the business leaders of the future.”

The graduating class included John Thornton, Jonathon Mullen, Richard D’Entrecasteaux, Gary Saint, Saif Khalid, Josh Douglas, Kathryn Smith, Brendan Harrington, Philip Miles and Chris Doyle.

Commenting on his achievement, Jonathan Mullen from ABP, said: “I’m proud and relieved, it’s been a lot of work but I feel I have benefitted a lot from it.

“Personally, I’ve come quite new into the industry, so this has given me a very good foundation to build on and combine with the practical day-to-day learning from my job.”

The course covers subjects such as operations management, food quality management, food safety management, and supply chain management.

For more information, visit the course webpage.

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