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    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Nicola Crewe

    Senior Lecturer

    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    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, where I teach and research in the areas of microscopy, microbiology and molecular biology, and have become heavily involved in innovative teaching development and strategy.  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.

    Department Responsibilities

    As a lecturer on the teaching, learning and professional practice role profile, I teach across a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the Schools of Life Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy.  I also support the non-medical prescribing programme within the School of Health and Social Care.

    I am module lead for the final year independent research module, which includes the organisation of the College of Science presentation event in the Engine Shed towards the end of the academic year.  I am also Student Engagement Champion for the School of Life Sciences, which leads to my involvement in the senior management group of the school, the teaching and learning committee and student representation procedures.  Finally, I support and mentor colleagues in developing their teaching skills, with an aim to encourage application to the HEA for associate fellowship and fellowship.

    Subject Specialism

    Microbiology (environmental antibiotic resistance).  Molecular Biology (plasmid transfer), Microscopy (forensic trace and bacteriology), Innovative teaching development and strategy


    • 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


    • Inspiring Teacher of the Year — University of Lincoln Students’ Union, 2016
    • Vice Chancellors Teaching Award — University of Lincoln, 2016

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    I am heavily involved in widening participation and outreach activities with groups in the local community and further afield.  If you are interested in talks, visits or activities on a science theme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • Association of antibiotic resistance profiles with plasmid architecture in organisms isolated from a sewage treatment plant — Awarded £1,000 by SLSSSS in 2017
    • The impact of cohabitation on the similarity of colonisation of Staphylococcus spp. on skin and the impact this might have on the spread of MRSA — Awarded £1,000 by SLSSSS in 2017
    • The release of antimicrobial proteins from maggots and their action against Staphylococcus spp. — Awarded £1,000 by SLSSSS in 2016
    • Isolation and identification of fungi that produce antibiotic compounds — Awarded £1,000 by SLSSSS in 2016
    • Postgraduate student careers and employability — Awarded £1,400 by Fund for Educational Development in 2015
    • Analysis of fibres recovered from the Velcro straps of children’s shoes — Awarded £1,000 by UROS in 2014
    • Polarising light microscopy for the study of membrane fluidity — Awarded £1,837 by Biochemical Society in 2014
    • Further investigation into the usefulness of plasmid destabilisation against antibiotic resistance in bacteria — Awarded £1,000 by UROS in 2012
    • Stability systems of plasmids that confer antibiotic resistance, extracted from E. coli recovered from a natural body of water in Lincoln, UK — Awarded £1,847 by Society for General Microbiology in 2012
    • Determination of resistance to antibiotics within organisms isolated from a large body of fresh water — Awarded £1,000 by UROS in 2008
    • Forensic Fibres analysis; levels of fibres in the environment — Awarded £600 by Nuffield Science Bursaries in 2007
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