If you ask Dr Angela Sheehan of University College Cork’s (UCC) Food Industry Training Unit about their diploma programme in speciality food production, which is now celebrating its 15th year, be prepared for a lengthy chat. From the diverse range of students the course has attracted over the years, to the way they can use learning outcomes to launch their food businesses, the programme has now certified nearly 250 students and led to a slew of successful food businesses.

“[The programme] provides education in all relevant aspects of management, marketing, science, technology, food safety, nutrition, labelling, packaging, the environment and sustainable food production,” she explains. “The students also have the opportunity to connect with experts, both internal and external to UCC.”