Rebecca Wells
Teaching Fellow, Centre for Food Policy, City University

How did you find your way into your current position?

After leaving York I moved to London with some fellow York graduates and after a few months found a short term job working at the BBC as a clerk in the Radio 3 music library. I worked on short term contracts for a few months and then eventually got a permanent position at the BBC. I moved in to speech radio production and developed an interest in making radio features and documentaries. In 1999 I started working on a programme about food for Radio 4 (The Food Programme) and the issues around food and diet developed into another deep interest. In 2011 I left the BBC to pursue a PhD in food policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University London. In 2015 I started working as a Teaching Fellow on a new inter-university inter-disciplinary project called IFSTAL: Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (www.ifstal.ac.uk).

What are your strongest memories of your time at York?

It was really very enjoyable. I remember an awful lot of music making, learning to think critically, learning to live independently and making some lifelong friends. I remember spending a lot of time in the music department with many highlights: performing new music written by fellow students; going into schools with the Community Music project; rehearsing and performing Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony; playing lots of gamelan.

How did York prepare you for your career?

I think I learnt how to listen at York and that was invaluable in many areas of my working and personal life. In addition I spent some time organising events which gave me a good grounding in time management and administrative skills. I learnt to follow my interests and passions and be ambitious in my aims.

What advice would you have for current students?

Don't be afraid to try new things and be ambitious for yourself. Enjoy it!

Any other comments?

Thanks to staff past and present and my fellow students for a wonderful undergraduate experience!

Rebecca Wells