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Emma Weston

Associate Professor in Food Sciences, Faculty of Science



Emma studied Animal Physiology and Nutrition at Leeds University followed by a Masters Degree in Food Science.

After working in Clinical Biochemistry research at the University of Oxford, Emma then moved into the food industry working initially as a Process Technologist, then in different Technical Management roles for over 14 years.

She has experience in flour milling, bakery/snacks and a variety of chilled convenience food production operations.

Emma joined the University in May 2009 and gained her PGCHE within the University of Nottingham in December 2012 to support her predominately teaching role and is currently undertaking doctorate study part time. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Expertise Summary

Emma specialises in translating Food Science principles into realistic modern manufacturing and retail applications for students. She is also responsible for the problem based learning teaching aspects within other Biosciences course structures.

Areas of expertise/teaching specialty:

* Food Manufacturing processes

* Routine QA and QC Testing

* New Product Development

* Food Safety and Quality Systems and Auditing

* Technical Management Approaches

* Current and emerging manufacturing technical trends and needs

Emma is Employability Lead for the School of Biosciences coordinating activities with Careers and Employability Service and the discipline specific Academic Employability Leads, such as in integrating employability and professional skills into taught curricula. She is also Admissions Tutor for Food Sciences based Bachelor and integrated Masters courses

Teaching Summary

Problem Based learning Modules across the Food Sciences UG and PG cohorts

Industry centred teaching for a number of modules including tours of food factories

Supervision of Food Sciences students on NPD and PG Placement projects

Professional skills development of undergraduates across the School of Biosciences

Research Summary

Competencies for Food Graduate Careers - active research with UK Food and Drink Industry on what makes an excellent food sciences graduate

Professional Skills - definition and integration in HE teaching

Manufacturing Scenarios for PBL Teaching

Recent Publications

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