After I left school I took a year out to work and travel before going to St Andrews University to study Modern History and Classical Studies. After completing this degree I worked again and went travelling for the best part of a year, before enrolling at the University of Edinburgh to do a History research postgrad. It was at about this time that I started to become interested in food and health. I had no interest in nutrition when I was younger and was brought up on not the healthiest foods, but it became clear to me over the years that I had some sort of problem with certain foods. Throughout my twenties I became more and more interested in the relationships between what we eat and how we feel, both physically and mentally. So my interest in nutrition grew out a desire to figure out what was going on and to learn more about the roles foods play in health.

After my time at the University of Edinburgh, I went to South Korea where I spent three years teaching English. During my time there I decided to apply to QMU to study nutrition. As I had no science background at all I had to do some OU correspondence courses to qualify for the course.

 

 

"What impressed me most at QMU – having come from ‘traditional’ universities – was that staff knew my name within about two weeks of the start, and would be perfectly happy to stop to say ‘hello’, answer any queries or just have a chat. I really enjoyed the classes. At QMU there seemed to be a real emphasis on teaching. I felt that we mature students had very good and positive relationships with the most of the staff."
Chris Mantle

What impressed me most at QMU – having come from ‘traditional’ universities – was that staff knew my name within about two weeks of the start, and would be perfectly happy to stop to say ‘hello’, answer any queries or just have a chat. I really enjoyed the classes. At QMU there seemed to be a real emphasis on teaching. I felt that we mature students had very good and positive relationships with the most of the staff.

During my time at QMU I became more and more interested in the public health side of nutrition; I wanted to do something of more benefit to wider society. Although it took me a while after graduating to find the right job, eventually I was able to secure a Food and Health Development Worker post at Edinburgh Community Food. In this position, I’ve been able to utilise lots of my nutrition/public health training as well as learning lots about community development.”