This is an interview by Dr. Judie Gannon - Tutor at Oxford Brookes University. In this interview he discusses about the MA Food, Wine & Culture course, Career opportunities and much more...
Q. What course do you teach?
I teach across our Contemporary Issues and Dissertation modules on this programme as well as leading the four postgraduate programmes in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
This course aims to explore our food and wine choices from a range of different theoretical and practical perspectives. This involves students engaging with some of the most pressing debates facing the world on ethics, attitudes and behaviours regarding food and wine production and consumption.
Q. Is this a popular course amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on this course?
This is a new course and we currently have one Indian student on this programme but we have had lots of interested applicants in the second year of the programme.
Q. What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
Qualities crucial to successful students on this course include an ability to challenge existing ideas, and apply theories and concepts across these contexts where food and wine are produced and consumed. As students spend two significant periods in our partner institution in Dijon, France, it is important that all students are eager to learn from others across the world and willing share experiences of sustainable food and wine production and consumption.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
We really want to hear about what excites you about the areas of food and wine. Please tell us in your application and interview why you are so passionate about food and wine and what sparked your enthusiasm for these areas.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
There are so many areas which are available to graduates from this course. Our current students are interested in developing careers in food writing, wine investment, developing small food and wine businesses, and working with local food and wine producers to market their products.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited students who have completed this course?
Not yet – as the programme only began in 2011
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
Throughout the course we focus on student’s development as individuals – supporting them in setting their own learning goals, reflecting on their progress and challenging them further. In addition to the two modules taught in Dijon at The Burgundy School of Business in France, we bring producers/executives from the sector into the classroom on a regular basis to enhance knowledge and understanding, run careers sessions with employers and offer students their own mentors as part of the Bacchus Mentoring scheme.
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
Not yet as the course is too new. However, Madhur Jaffrey - the acclaimed actress and food writer recently received an honorary degree from the University - you can hear about how she views the School and its programmes here http://hospitality.brookes.ac.uk/welcome/
Q.Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to enroll?
Every year Oxford Brookes University offers John Henry Brookes scholarships – for more information see http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/finance/pg-international/support
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