Technology Training Courses is further extending the range of industries and topics it covers as it welcomes Ralph Early to the team of professional tutors. Ralph brings a wealth of experience with him and plans to contribute course materials covering aspects of food science and technology, food quality management, hygiene and food safety management, dairy technology, food policy, food ethics and bioethics, as well as other subjects which will be developed in response to market demand.
Formerly Professor of Food Industry in Harper Adams University until retirement in 2018, Ralph Early’s career since the mid-1970s has spanned farming, food processing and manufacture, food product development, quality and food safety management and higher education.
His various positions in the food industry included Head of Industrial Product Development and subsequently Quality Standards Manager with Dairy Crest Ltd. In 1993 he transferred to the university sector, initially teaching food science in the University of Plymouth. In 1996 he joined Harper Adams University introducing food science and technology and related subjects into the university’s curriculum. His academic and scholarly interests over almost 23 years at Harper Adams encompassed food science and technology, food quality and safety management, food psychology, food policy, food ethics, bioethics, food security and sustainability. During his time at Harper Adams he created the West Midlands Regional Food Academy – for which he obtained £3.6 million funding and was Director – and established the university’s food department, serving as inaugural head of department for 6 years.
He has served on the committees of professional bodies and industry organisations, including the International Dairy Federation, the Society of Dairy Technology (of which he is an Honorary Member), the Institute of Food Science & Technology, the Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association, the Telford and Wrekin Business Board and Advantage West Midlands’s Food and Drink Cluster Opportunities Group. He is a council member and director of the Food Ethics Council.
The author of a book on quality management in the food industry and editor of a book on dairy technology, Ralph has published over 80 papers, book chapters and articles. He currently writes a regular column for the food trade journal, Food Management Today, and has a food column in the Shropshire Star. He is a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
Ralph commented ‘this is an exciting opportunity for me and I greatly look forward to developing new online learning materials and sharing the experience I have built up across the food industry, for the benefit of others’.
The new subjects that will be available follow Technology Training Courses’s proven approach of working with professional industry experts to bring quality material within reach of a wider audience, allowing students to extend their knowledge base in ways which best suit their needs.