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    mswainson@lincoln.ac.uk
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    University of Lincoln
    National Centre for Food Manufacturing
    Holbeach Technology Park
    Park Road
    Holbeach
    Lincolnshire
    PE12 7PT
    United Kingdom

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    Mr Mark Swainson

    Deputy Head and Lead for Higher Education and Research

    National Centre for Food Manufacturing
    College of Science

    About Mark Swainson

    Mark Swainson is Deputy Head of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing and lead for Higher Education and Research.  His industrial food manufacturing sector expertise was developed whilst working in senior Technical and Operations Management roles within the high risk chilled and frozen food industry, for suppliers of a wide range of products (including ready meals, soups, sauces, pasta salads, dips and dressings) to the major supermarkets, food manufacturing and food service sectors.

    An experienced technical & operations manager well qualified in industrial food technology and food process & packaging systems, Mark is listed on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Food Safety Experts Database, is a qualified and experienced Lead Auditor, a member of the Knowledge Transfer Network (Food Advisory Group) and a member of the Institute of Packaging. 

    Since joining the University Mark has progressed industry based research and work with businesses upon bespoke projects in order to address specific food industry needs and issues.  In addition Mark progresses a ongoing key role in the design, development and delivery the Higher Education provision at the NCFM. 

    Key research areas include: Food Industry Quality, Safety and Hygiene Control Systems, Advanced Food Process Technologies, Robotics & Automation, Food Supply Chain Efficiency, Antimicrobial Materials, Microbiological Control and Shelf Life of Foods.

    Department Responsibilities

    Deputy Head of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Mark leads the Higher Education (HE) and Research agendas of the NCFM.  The HE provision spans a wide range of Food Industry Technical, Quality, Food Engineering & Operations Management fields.  Research at the NCFM covers all aspects of the Food Manufacturing sector from Food Safety, Quality and Legality through to Advanced Processing Technologies including Automation & Robotics.  Mark also develops multidisciplinary research synergies with external University and Industry contacts and working inter-departmentally within the University of Lincoln.

    Initiatives / focus areas include working on cutting edge projects supported by Innovate UK, FSA (Food Standards Agency), DEFRA (Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs), EU Framework Programmes (including H2020 and Interreg) and wider International initiatives (including the Newton Fund).   This often involves working directly with businesses, academia and government on bespoke projects to address specific food industry needs and issues.

    Focus includes the building of sustainable research project infrastructures at the NCFM which are well aligned with University staff expertise,  resources and wider networks.  NCFM facilities management also forms part of Mark’s remit, overseeing the development and running of the factory process halls, laboratories and sensory suite.

    Subject Specialism

    Advanced Food Processing Technologies, Robotics & Automation, Product Safety and Quality Control Systems, HACCP Design and Implementation, Food Industry Legislation, Factory and Production Line Design, Environmental Management, Audit Systems/Skills, Microbiological Assessment and Control, Packaging Technology, Raw Materials and Supplier Control, New Product and Process Development and many other Food Sector related topics.

    Qualifications

    • BSc. (Hons), Combined Sciences.
    • MSc. (With Distinction), Industrial Food Technology.
    • ISO Quality Systems Lead Auditor.
    • Diploma in Packaging Technology (Institute of Packaging)

    Awards

    • Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS). — Innovate UK, 2017
    • Automated Robotic Food Manufacturing System (ARFMS). — EPSRC., 2017
    • Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment: safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces. (Fo — Horizon 2020, EU., 2017
    • A whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter. — BBSRC Innovate UK, 2016
    • ACCT (Advanced Cooking & Cooling Technology). — Innovate UK., 2015
    • AMACT (Advanced Manufacturing Cooking Technology) project – Food processing. — Innovate UK., 2014
    • Development of a Quality Assurance CO2 Leak Detector for Modified Atmosphere Packaging. — Innovate UK., 2014
    • FILMS (Food Industry Laser Mediated Sealing) project. — Innovate UK., 2014
    • Sector Skills Council LLN Role as “Food and Drink Sector Lead” (Food Industry / Academic Engagem
    • Use of Nanotechnology to Develop Antimicrobiological Food Contact Surfaces - Innovation Network (i-N
    • CERD funding to develop Food Department Student As Producer (SAP) agenda (including Distance Learnin
    • Range of Food Process and Packaging based consultancy projects.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Listed on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Food Safety Experts Database
    • Member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Food Advisory Board.
    • Member of the Packaging Society
    • Manufacturing Advisory Service.

    External Activities and Consultancy

    External Examiner for University College Birmingham Degree courses in Confectionery & Baking.  2015 – Present.   

    Member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Food Advisory Board.  2015 - Present.

    Links to the Manufacturing Advisory Service. 

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS). — Awarded £897,470 by Innovate UK. in 2017
    • Automated Robotic Food Manufacturing System (ARFMS). — Awarded £488,000 by EPSRC in 2017
    • Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment: safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces. (Food Warehousing & Supply Chain Focus). — Awarded £1,000,000 by Horizon 2020, EU. in 2017
    • A whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter. — Awarded £389,317 by BBSRC Innovate UK in 2016
    • ACCT (Advanced Cooking & Cooling Technology). — Awarded £251,000 by Innovate UK. in 2015
    • FILMS (Food Industry Laser Mediated Sealing) project. — Awarded £197,000 by Innovate UK. in 2014
    • Development of a Quality Assurance CO2 Leak Detector for Modified Atmosphere Packaging. — Awarded £20,000 by Innovate UK. in 2014
    • AMACT (Advanced Manufacturing Cooking Technology) — Awarded £290,000 by Innovate UK. in 2014

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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