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  • FRPERC and Education

FRPERC and Education

A core role of FRPERC is delivering education and training. FRPERC aims to use its skills and knowledge to benefit both industry and students.

Courses and workshops

FRPERC offers a number of short courses and workshops aimed at those working in the food, refrigeration and related industries. Due to increasing demand, we can now offer short training courses tailored specifically to the needs of your organisation. You may prefer training on your own premises so that any 'hands-on' sessions can involve your company's specific process and/or equipment. Another benefit is that key staff spend less time off-site. Course content can be selected from a wide range of topics within the area of food refrigeration and process engineering.

An example of a bespoke training course programme can be seen in news item 0045

Visiting students and workers

Many international students gain work experience and improve their English during their course through placements with FRPERC. Students will undertake a project as part of their course but also usefully contribute to the research being carried out by the group. FRPERC require a minimum training placement of 3 months; there is no maximum length of stay. Students are responsible for their own funding and often have Leonardo Da Vinci grant (see the Leonardo Da Vinci website) Erasmus grant (see the Erasmus website) or other grants from their home University or school.

Seminars and conferences

FRPERC has organised a number of seminars and conferences as either stand-alone events or as part of the dissemination of research projects. Examples of previous seminars are the Air Cycle Special Interest Group talks, Chilled Food Subject Days and Environmental Health Officers Workshops.

Larger conferences organised are the 'Meat Refrigeration - Why and How' event in 1997 and the International Institute of Refrigeration 'Rapid cooling of foods' in 2001. Sitting on organising and paper commitees provides support for other Institute of Refrigeration conferences.

Members of frperc are also called upon to talk or present research at seminars or conferences organised by other groups such as CCFRA or by Defra.

PhDs

frperc are always happy to supervise students who wish to undertake a PhD.

Ideally, the student should be self-funded as it is not always easy to obtain suitable funds to support the student. However, we are always happy to seek funding if the student has a particular project they wish to pursue.

Members of FRPERC are also often asked to act as external examiners for qualifying students.

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