Learning tastes good at Solent University

UNISON Southampton District branch and Solent University teamed up to celebrate Learning At Work Week in a delicious way. The university’s Nutrition Lab was opened up to around fifty UNISON members and non-members, who had the chance to try out some recipes, learn some facts about nutrition and find out how much sugar goes into soft drinks. The day was led by Dr Ali Hill, who is a Registered Nutritionist and course leader for the University’s Applied Human Nutrition degree.

Ali said,

“I strongly believe in Learning at Work Week. We know that a quarter of people think the maths they learn at school can’t be used in real life. But actually when it comes to food, maths is massively important. It can help you budget your money or help you increase the portion size of a recipe. A lot of people think that healthy eating isn’t affordable, and that’s one of the myths we busted by working with UNISON in Learning at Work Week.

“Cooking is a brilliant way to bring people together; it’s a really inclusive and non-threatening environment where you learn without thinking about it. Added to which, there aren’t many ways of learning where you can get a healthy cake at the end of it!”

Wednesday 16th May also saw the first ever National Numeracy Day – and the workshop proved that there’s definitely a place for maths in the kitchen. From working out cost per head and nutritional values, to calculating cooking times and temperatures, numeracy skills are vital for making the most of time, food and money. UNISON is proud to be a champion of National Numeracy Day.

Martin Merritt, Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator at UNISON Southampton District branch, said,

“Members of staff were amazed how easy it is to make these meals in a short time of 20 minutes, and how cheap it is to make these meals from fresh items we can all collect whilst out shopping. Those through the doors all took away recipes to try at home.”

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