12th December 2000

 

TOP BIOCHEMIST HEADS UP SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AT UNI

 

A leading biochemist has moved south from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to head up the revamped Department of Biological and Food Sciences at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Brian McGaw, who was a reader in Analytical Biochemistry at RGU, has also been made Professor of Biological Chemistry at ULH.

 

Prof McGaw (46) takes charge of a department which has this year moved from Grimsby to its new £5.5 million base in Lincoln and which currently undertakes teaching and research in Food Studies, Environmental Studies and Forensic Science.

 

His aim is to expand the university’s science portfolio and put Lincoln on the map as a leading city for science study. “I see huge potential in Lincoln – you’ve only got to look at the facilities and the investment here to see how exciting things are,” he says.

 

“ULH has ambitious plans for the development of science at Lincoln and with 100 students enrolled in the first year of the new Forensic Science degree things are looking very healthy.”

 

Prof McGaw hopes that the move to Lincoln and the university’s strong track record in food research will help to create a similar boom in student numbers for Food Studies.

 

“Key factors in our favour are the strength of our research in food, which has always been excellent, and the job prospects for people with Food Studies degrees. We’re very keen to capitalise on the teaching and research expertise that we’ve got here and to persuade students that Lincoln a beautiful environment in which to live and work.”

 

Prof McGaw, who is married with three daughters, was head of the analytical department at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen for seven years before joining RGU in 1992.

 

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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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