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Last Updated

29/04/2018

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University of Lincoln
National Centre for Food Manufacturing
Holbeach Technology Park
Park Road
Holbeach
Lincolnshire
PE12 7PT
United Kingdom

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 on bespoke projects in order to address specific food industry needs and issues.  Mark also leads the design, development and delivery of the Higher Education provision at the NCFM, including Foundation Degrees, BSc Hons and Degree Apprenticeships in subject areas including Food Science & Technology and Food Operations Management. Mark also leads the NCFM post-graduate provision (Master of Science Degrees and PhDs) across an extensive range of Food Sector subject areas.  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

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education. — University of Lincoln, 2012
  • Diploma in Packaging Technology (Institute of Packaging). — Institute of Packaging, 2009
  • ISO Quality Systems Lead Auditor. — Campden Food Research Association, 2004
  • MSc. (With Distinction), Industrial Food Technology. — Lincolnshire & Humberside, 1997
  • BSc. (2:1 Hons), Combined Sciences (Biology & Chemistry). — Coventry, 1991

Awards

  • Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS). — Innovate UK,
  • Automated Robotic Food Manufacturing System (ARFMS). — EPSRC.,
  • Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment: safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces. (Fo — Horizon 2020, EU.,
  • R-Leaf (Photocatalysts to increase yield, quality and sustainability in agriculture and food production). — Innovate UK.,
  • A whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter. — BBSRC Innovate UK,
  • ACCT (Advanced Cooking & Cooling Technology). — Innovate UK.,
  • The Potential for Automation in the Agri-Food Supply Chain. — Business Contract.,
  • AMACT (Advanced Manufacturing Cooking Technology) project – Food processing. — Innovate UK.,
  • Development of a Quality Assurance CO2 Leak Detector for Modified Atmosphere Packaging. — Innovate UK.,
  • FILMS (Food Industry Laser Mediated Sealing) project. — Innovate UK.,
  • Use of Nanotechnology to Develop Antimicrobiological Food Contact Surfaces - Innovation Network. — I-Net,
  • CERD funding to develop Food Department Student As Producer (SAP) agenda (Distance Learning). — Centre for Educational Research & Development.,
  • Range of Food Process and Packaging based consultancy projects. — Business and Part Sector Funding Contracts.,
  • Sector Skills Council LLN Role as “Food and Drink Sector Lead” (Food Industry / Academic Engagement) — SSC LLN - Life Long Learning Network,

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.  European Food Safety Authority - Register of Food Experts.

Orcid ID

0000-0003-2242-6750

Research Interests

  • Advanced Food Processing Technologies

  • Audit Systems/Skills

  • Environmental Management

  • Factory and Production Line Design

  • Food Industry Legislation

  • HACCP Design and Implementation

  • Microbiological Assessment and Control

  • Packaging Technology

  • Product Safety and Quality Control Systems

  • Raw Materials and Supplier Control

  • Robotics & Automation in Food Manufacturing

  • Agri-Food Systems and Supply Chains

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Development & Optimisation of Fresh Produce Supply Chain and Storage Systems - India. — awarded £1200000 by Newton Bhabha. in 2018
  • Increased NWE Competitiveness Through Efficient Man & Machine Collaboration ("COTEMACO"). — awarded £2378463 by Interreg, EU. North West Europe. in 2018
  • Black Soldier Fly Larvae: Urban, Local, Bio-Conversion Unit. — awarded £100000 by Innovate UK "Materials & Manufacturing" Competition. in 2018
  • Greater Lincolnshire Agri-Food Innovation Platform (GLAFIP). — awarded £3900000 by ESIF, EU. in 2017
  • "Smart filtration" for healthy & safe food. — awarded £37500 by BBSRC in 2017
  • Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS). — awarded £897470 by Innovate UK. in 2017
  • Automated Robotic Food Manufacturing System (ARFMS). — awarded £488000 by EPSRC in 2017
  • Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment: safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces. (Food Warehousing & Supply Chain Focus). — awarded £1000000 by Horizon 2020, EU. in 2017
  • R-Leaf (Photocatalysts to increase yield, quality and sustainability in agriculture and food production). — awarded £28312 by Innovate Uk. in 2017
  • A whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter. — awarded £389317 by BBSRC Innovate UK in 2016
  • ACCT (Advanced Cooking & Cooling Technology). — awarded £251000 by Innovate UK. in 2015
  • The Potential for Automation in the Agri-Food Supply Chain. — awarded £10000 by Business Contract. in 2015
  • FILMS (Food Industry Laser Mediated Sealing) project. — awarded £197000 by Innovate UK. in 2014
  • Development of a Quality Assurance CO2 Leak Detector for Modified Atmosphere Packaging. — awarded £20000 by Innovate UK. in 2014
  • AMACT (Advanced Manufacturing Cooking Technology) — awarded £290000 by Innovate UK. in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository


PhD Supervisor

PhD - Food Safety Culture. PhD - Meat Quality.

Degree Responsibilities

  • BSc Hons Degree - Food Manufacturing — 2008 to Present
  • FdSc Foundation Degree - Food Manufacturing — 2008 to Present
  • BSc Hons Degree - Food Science & Technology — 2017 to Present
  • FdSc Foundation Degree - Food Science & Technology — 2017 to Present
  • BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - Food Science & Technology — 2017 to Present
  • BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - Agri-Produce and Supply Chain Management — 2017 to Present
  • BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - Food and Drink Operations and Manufacturing Management — 2017 to Present
  • BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - Food Operations and Supply Chain Management — 2017 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - Policies & Markets — 2007 to Present
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - Factory Design — 2007 to Present
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - Quality Mangement — 2007 to Present
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - Technical Management — 2007 to Present
  • Masters MSc Agri-Food Technology - Food Safety Quality & Legality — 2017 to Present
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - New Product Development — 2007 to 2016
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - New Process Development — 2007 to 2016
  • BSc Hons FdSc DA - Raw Materials Control & Supplier Management — 2007 to 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Listed on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Food Safety Experts Database. — Food Safety Expert Recognition.
  • Member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Food Advisory Board. — Advisory role for food sector advancement.
  • Member of the Packaging Society / Institute of Packaging Io3M — Membership to advance packaging sector practice.
  • Manufacturing Advisory Service. MAS. — Advice, R&D and Consultancy.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. — Fellow of the Academy.

Activities

Currently food sector focused External Examiner for UCB University College Birmingham and associated Sheffield College programmes. Previously External Examiner for Harper Adams - Reaseheath "Food Industry with Management" programmes 2010-2015.