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Nutritional Therapy Student Receives Cash Boost to Career

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A Nutritional Therapy student has been awarded a £1,000 bursary to develop her future career plans.

Stephanie Daniels, who commutes from her home in Bollington, near Macclesfield, to study at the University of Worcester, has received the money from Bio-Kult, a leading manufacturer of live bacteria products.

I saw the Bio-Kult Student Bursary advertised and thought I would give it a go, she said. I didnt really expect to be successful.

I will be using the bursary on a mix of things to invest in my professional development and to help launch my nutritional therapy business. This includes, continuing my subscriptions to some professional magazines and attending conferences relevant to my course.

I will also be purchasing an expensive textbook, the Textbook of Functional Medicine, to help with my course and a good quality food processer so that I can experiment with recipes to use in my future practice.

Stephanie is studying part-time for an MSc Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester, and will qualify as a Nutritional Therapist in 2017.

I currently work for a pharmaceutical company in the compliance department, but Ive had a life-long interest in natural, healthy eating, she said. I turn 50 next year and decided it was time to pursue something I was really interested in. When I found out about Nutritional Therapy I thought it would be a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge and embark on a new career.

I did lots of research but Worcester was the only course I could find, at Masters level, which really offered what I was looking for.

Stephanie added: It has been great meeting the other students on the course and the course lecturers, all with a similar passion. The assignments are really well designed as they provide a framework for you to take a deep dive into the literature so that everything you write is backed up by the evidence.

My main goal is to set up my own Nutritional Therapy practice. Alongside this, Id like to partner with local businesses, run cookery demonstrations and write articles, and maybe even a book.

Stephanie has joined the Female Entrepreneur Association Members Club, which provides practical support in planning and running a business.