Research & development

A rich history of research and development in food sciences means businesses in England’s East Midlands enjoy access to the very latest thinking in the food and drink sector.

The University of Nottingham’s Food Sciences Division, located in the School of Biosciences at the Sutton Bonington Campus, is an International Centre for both fundamental and industrial food, microbiological, brewing and biochemical teaching and research. In the last United Kingdom Research Assessment Exercises (2008), 60% of the division's research activities submitted were of international status, with an impressive 15% of that ranked as 'world-leading'. This was a major contributor to the School of Bioscience's 'Excellent' Teaching Quality Assessment score.

At Nottingham Trent University, food science and technology staff have particular interests in human nutrition - particularly lipid and protein metabolism - and food microbiology. There is an ongoing research project to investigate sources and effects of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in the diet and an initiative to work in partnership with food businesses to promote new technologies.

University of Lincoln is widely recognised as a centre of excellence for food technology and the Holbeach Campus has recently benefited from a £2.9 million investment; the University, Lincolnshire Development and other partners have created state-of-the art laboratories, an information and communications technology suite, a new product development kitchen and sensory evaluation suite together with teaching and seminar rooms. Phase Two of the development includes a specialist food factory training facility.
Key sectors > Food and drink > RandD