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

About Nicola Crewe

I completed my degree in Microbiology at the University of Bristol in 1998, and continued my interest in the area of antibiotic resistance for my PhD in the University of Hertfordshire.  While completing my PhD thesis, I worked as Quality Manager in the UKAS accredited laboratory The Biodeterioration Centre, based within the University of Hertfordshire, and carried out teaching duties as an hourly paid lecturer on courses in the same University. In 2003, I was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. I have recently transferred to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing where I teach and research in the areas of food and water microbiology.  I have had a wide range of responsibilities during my time at Lincoln, including programme and module leadership and membership of School, College and University committees.

Subject Specialism

Food and water microbiology


  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Learning and Teaching — University of Lincoln, 2012
  • PhD Plasmid Stability: Measurement and Use in Antimicrobial Action — University of Hertfordshire, 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology — University of Bristol, 1998


  • Best Practice Award (Getting Started development) — University of Lincoln,
  • Teaching Excellence Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Inspiring Teacher of the Year Award — University of Lincoln Students’ Union,
  • Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Enhancing the Student Experience Award (highly commended) — University of Lincoln Students’ Union,
  • Individual Merit Award (engaging with the community) — University of Lincoln,

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Research Interests

  • Food and water microbiology

Research Projects

  • A whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter — Innovate UK in 2016
  • Postgraduate student careers and employability — awarded £1400 by Fund for Educational Development in 2015
  • Polarising light microscopy for the study of membrane fluidity — awarded £1837 by Biochemical Society in 2014
  • Stability systems of plasmids that confer antibiotic resistance, extracted from E. coli recovered from a natural body of water in Lincoln, UK — awarded £1847 by Society for General Microbiology in 2012
  • Forensic Fibres analysis; levels of fibres in the environment — awarded £600 by Nuffield Science Bursaries in 2007

Module Responsibilities

  • Module lead - Advanced Food Science (FDS2304M) — 2018 to Present
  • Module lead - Life Sciences Research Project (BGY3003M) — 2012 to 2018
  • Module lead - The Microbial World (MBI9005M) — 2017 to 2018

Professional Affiliations


I am a member of several learned societies that directly relate to my subject specialisms, which allow me to keep up to date with recent developments in relevant fields. In July 2018 I became a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Microbiology Society. As part of this role, I am involved in the organisation and running of the Teaching Microbiology in HE Symposium to be held at the Annual Conference in April 2019.