Welcome to the course

Welcome to Innovation: The Food Industry. Over the next two weeks you’re going to be exploring innovation in the particular context of the food industry.

This course has been created in partnership with Marks & Spencer, who, like the University of Leeds, firmly believe that innovation is at the heart of progress in business.

This course is just one of a series designed by the University of Leeds for school-based learners and their teachers. As this is an open course, other learners are also welcome: as you will have seen from the welcome area, there is a diverse cohort signed up. However, it is important to recognise that this course, and the content and activities within it, has been specifically designed to help those studying at school or college make the transition to studying at university or the work place.

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In the first week, you’ll consider and discuss with your fellow learners what innovations have influenced the food industry. You will then be introduced to some of the drivers and challenges faced by innovators. This is illustrated by a case study from Marks & Spencer, showing how innovation is driven to bring consumers new and better products.

In Week two, you will move on to look at crowdsourcing and open innovation. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a crowdsourcing activity to try and find an innovative solution to a food related “wicked problem”.

You will then move from food to drink, considering technology and innovation. This includes a case study from the University of Leeds looking at innovation in brewing.

It is anticipated that it will take around two hours to complete the tasks during the week. This includes:

  • watching videos
  • joining discussions
  • reading articles
  • completing exercises.

If you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional reading and resources.

Have your say:

Please use the Comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Let us know where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide.

Take some time to read the posts from other learners. If you come across someone with similar interests to you, you may choose to Follow them; you can then filter the discussions to only view the comments from those you are following. This can help to make discussions easier to manage.

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Next steps

Before moving on we would like to extend our thanks to the staff from the M&S Company Archive and Head Office who have been instrumental in helping to design and develop this course. Please note that these course materials and videos were first prepared in 2014.

When you are ready to move on, select Mark as complete. You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting Progress at the top of the page.

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Innovation: the Food Industry

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