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Professor Neil Crout



Professor Neil Crout joined Council in 2013 as one of the Senate members.  He is also a member of Finance Committee.

Neil trained as a physicist at the Universities of Exeter and Birmingham.  Through a combination of accident (Chernobyl) and good fortune he drifted into environmental and agricultural science.  His expertise is in models of environmental and agricultural systems, in particular contaminant and trace element transfer, biogeochemical cycles and crop growth.  He is especially interested in why process based models of real systems are so difficult to test reliably.  This has led him to work on model evaluation through model simplification and reduction.

Neil has supervised nearly 30 research students and published >90 peer reviewed articles in addition to a range of conference papers book chapters etc.  He has been a member of various grant assessment panels and groups (e.g. NERC,BBSRC).

Neil has taught undergraduate and post-graduate students at all levels.  His main teaching areas have been statistics, mathematical modelling and societal context of science.  He is particularly proud of his work on practical experimental design and statistics.

Over time Neil has acquired a range of management responsibilities within Nottingham University.  He is currently head of the School of Biosciences, having previously worked as a heads of Division, Director of Research, and Deputy Head of School.

Probably similarly to many other University academics Neil endlessly finds himself pulled between teaching, research and management responsibilities!


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