NewVIc Students study ‘Citizen Science’ alongside UCL undergraduates

UCL and NewVIc students exploring relationships to food and eating

Everyone knows that nutrition is important for health, wellbeing and performance linked to energy levels and concentration. Inner city nutrition has caused concern for decades, with so many fast foods and fatty snacks being offered on the high street without a ready source of healthy, nutritionally rich foods.

This collaboration with University College, London will use multiple methods to explore students’ relationship to food and eating. It will provide them with a unique experience of a cutting edge methodology, which they can learn from and take forward to apply to further studies.

The students will take part in seven workshops alongside UCL second and third year undergraduates who study on the groundbreaking Arts and Science BASc programme, including:

  • swapping food stories
  • testing food for micronutrients 
  • a foraging workshop with published London foraging expert, John Rensten
  • co-creating designs for the final presentation

Dr Kat Austen, Artist in Residence, Honorary Researcher at UCL says: “In this time of austerity, what is the best value for money when seeking out healthy and nutritious foodstuffs? Alongside traditional food sources, there are new explorations into non-traditional foods in response to ecological changes."

“This project will explore our relationship with food and bring new perspectives on how and why we eat what we eat.”

Karen Flanagan, Programme Team Manager for Science says: “This project will allow NewVIc science students to develop the critical thinking that they need for future careers. UCL undergraduates are  effectively mentoring our students and guiding them through undergraduate level work."​

In the final week, the students will present their designs and ideas in an exhibition which will be shared with the whole NewVIc student body.

Established in 1992, the College celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. It has 2,500 students and is based in Plaistow, Newham.

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