Lincoln academic publishes international textbook on Food Safety and Quality Assurance

A new book by University of Lincoln academic, Mark Swainson, combines Food Science and Technology disciplines with high level management practice to advance the assurance of food quality, safety and legality in the UK’s largest industrial sector – Food Manufacturing.

As the world’s most vital industry, food manufacturing is complex, multifaceted and continuously scrutinised. Food scares and product recalls – on national and international scales – demonstrate the persistent challenge to identify, monitor and control all hazards (microbiological, chemical, physical & allergens) and also address the increasing criminal threats of food fraud, adulteration and contamination.

Mark Swainson is Deputy Head and Lead for Higher Education & Research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), the University’s dedicated Food Manufacturing Centre operating within the College of Science.

Published and distributed by Elsevier – one of the world’s major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information – “Swainson’s Handbook of Technical and Quality Management for the Food Manufacturing Sector” is focused on this expansive and highly demanding subject area.

When asked about the new book Mark said: “I am very proud to have a book published in the Woodhead Publishing Series of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition – a series of books that has always been so widely respected by food industry practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders in the sector.”

Additional information:

Find out more about the National Centre for Food Manufacturing online.

University of Lincoln Commended for Plans to Tackle Global Research Challenges

The University of Lincoln, UK, has been commended for its cutting edge approach in tackling global research challenges.

From developing low-cost food technologies to improving water health, the University’s strategy to create projects that will help benefit developing communities has been hailed as best practice by Research England.

The strategy was submitted to the Global Challenges Research Fund which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The Government has allocated £58m from this fund to Research England to distribute to English universities who received Quality-related Research (QR) funding in the 2018-19 academic year.

More than 100 universities submitted strategies and the University of Lincoln, UK, is one of only 10 who submitted what Research England described as ‘exemplary strategies’ and said: “The University of Lincoln’s strategy has a clear link to their overall institutional strategy and is clear and concise in identifying specific activities that will be undertaken and the developing countries they will benefit”.

The University of Lincoln has been awarded £136,436 from the fund to split between two major research projects working with communities predominantly in India and Africa.

Global SCOPE – Supply Chain Optimisation and Engagement, led by Mark Swainson, Deputy Head for Higher Education and Research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, will examine the food supply chain in an effort to come up with ways to reduce poverty by focusing on understanding and developing low-cost technologies to reduce food waste.

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) has been purposely configured to facilitate a step change in water health and sustainability science and the GCRF will be used to develop a regional hub for water and planetary health in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) with an initial focus on the Ganga River and its tributaries in India. Key aspects of the plan will include forging relationships with communities globally, developing solutions-based research that will have a real impact on a significant scale and change the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Andrew Hunter said: “Our strategy is aligned with an overarching aim of the University which is to identify and address opportunities and challenges presented by the rapidly changing world.

“International research and innovation is critical to achieving this.”

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Event: Fresh Ideas for Future Food Production in Lincolnshire

Join us for breakfast and networking on Wednesday 5th December at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Conference Centre (pictured above).

Between now and October 2020, the University of Lincoln are leading a European Regional Development Fund project to support small to medium sized agri-food enterprises in Lincolnshire to support innovation of services, products and process and development.

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, will host a networking event allowing business owners, managers and decision makers to meet with our experts. This will be an opportunity to find out about the services available to business, but also to get involved with the project and benefit from the expertise.

The agenda for the event can be found here.

Experts will outline their specialist areas, covering the whole food supply chain:

– Food Safety, Quality & Legality incl. food chemistry & microbiology
– Food Sustainability and Market Insights
– Automation and Robotics
– Soils, sustainability and the environment
– Post Harvest Technology (Fresh Produce)
– Refrigeration and Engineering
– Advanced Process Technology
– Supply Chain
– Computer Science and Technology

There will also be the opportunity to network and discuss with our experts on a one-to-one confidential basis about a concept, idea or new product development, to prepare a plan and gain support.

Book your place online.

Food Engineering Apprenticeships at the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) are now recruiting for their Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship in Food Engineering for September 2018 with Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship, pending approval for January 2019. These new modes of study have been developed in collaboration with the University’s School of Engineering.

The closing date for September  2018 intake is Friday 27th July 2018. Enquiring companies are urged to register their interest as soon as possible to ensure that digital systems are ready in time for September and that any students requiring functional skills are identified to NCFM as soon as possible.

More information can be found here and Lecturer, Alex Borman, is contactable for any specific questions about delivery or the qualification therein.

NCFM Higher Apprenticeship Student Featured by Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

NCFM Higher Apprenticeship Student at Tulip Ltd, Annie Hughes, was recently interviewed by the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN), to learn about her experience since becoming a Young Apprenticeship Ambassador.

In November 2017, Annie won the Tulip Apprentice Award for ‘Most Consistent Apprentice’ and also received a Highly Commended Certificate in the Higher Apprentice of the 2017 award category.

You can read her interview with the AAN below.

What is your role within your organisation?

I have worked for Tulip Food Company for nearly two years now. They are the UK’s largest pork manufacturer and supply customers such as McDonald’s, Aldi and Marks and Spencer. I’m based at one of the 17 sites across the UK, in the East Midlands. Here I work within the Technical department to ensure safe, quality and legal food production. My day to day role varies, but I embrace being an Apprentice by always accepting new challenges and getting involved with new projects to constantly increase my knowledge of the industry.

Image credit: Tulip

Image credit: Tulip

Why did you choose to complete an apprenticeship?

Completing A Levels in physics, maths and biology, I was aware that my career path would be down the scientific route. Originally, I had a place at Derby University to study Human Biology, but as the summer ended I wasn’t eager to start the course. Therefore I decided to defer my place and take a gap year volunteering in Thailand and explore other career options.

During this year my interest for the food industry grew and I became more passionate about food culture and hygiene. I explored degree options incorporating this interest and this is when I discovered the Degree Apprenticeship with Tulip Ltd, in partnership with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln.

The course is Food Science, incorporating microbiology, and biology was a school subject favourite! The concern of starting university with the uncertainty of what I wanted to become in the future vanished and I was eager to start the journey with Tulip. I am now aware of the career path I would like to take and I am already on my journey there before even completing my degree!

What motivated you to become a young apprenticeship ambassador?

The realisation of what could have been a financially difficult time, ending with a situation where I was still uncertain of where I wanted my career to take me, inspired me to become part of the YAAN. I want to make others aware of the benefits of an apprenticeship and how consideration should be given to apprenticeships as an alternative to further education. I believe it is always fantastic to continue learning and personal development, and an apprenticeship provides an excellent framework for this. The on the job learning is second to none and I believe I learn twice as much while I’m at work than at university as I see the issue in the flesh and gain endless experience in the industry itself.

What has been your biggest achievement as a young ambassador?

I haven’t been an ambassador for very long but I really enjoyed meeting all of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of YAAN, learning from their experiences and contributing to the continued success of the network.

Where do you see apprenticeships going over the next 10 years?

I came from a school where apprenticeships were unheard of and completing A Levels and attending university were the only option. Therefore, I made it my mission to persuade my secondary school to allow me to speak at the school this academic year about completing an apprenticeship as an alternative to attending university. The students were very interested and I was shocked that the event had a better turn out than the UCAS event the week before!

Where do you think young ambassadors have the most impact?

The variety and depth of apprenticeships are growing year on year. There are already so many careers open to young people via apprenticeships. I am very excited to see the broad apprenticeship availability and career paths in years to come.

What would make the biggest difference to your role as a young ambassador?

Attending schools and talking to students directly of the opportunities which arise from completing an apprenticeship is very impacting. Students can be advised of the options available post leaving school but until they can relate to individuals and the options they chose it does not feel real to the students. Allowing students to speak directly to ambassadors gives opportunity to ask questions they may feel careers advisors and teachers are unable to answer.

NCFM’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeships have been developed in partnership with employers to help address the growing need for higher level skills as the industry embraces advances in science and technology.