Amanda McCloatFood Policy
Head of Home Economics, St Angela’s College, Sligo, Ireland.
Amanda’s first degree was in home economics. In Ireland, home economists have been important advocates for healthy and sustainable food practices.
She completed her MSc in Food Policy by distance learning, which allowed her to keep her teaching job in Ireland – by now she was lecturing at St Angela’s College in
Sligo. It was an enjoyable experience and she was impressed by the quality of support and materials for distance students. More importantly, she felt that what she was learning was empowering not just her but her students as well.
The Minister of Health has recently appointed Amanda to the first ever Healthy
Ireland Council, a voluntary panel that advises the minister on various aspects of public health. In 2014, she re-enrolled at City to start a PhD in food policy.