23rd August 2001




Three new members of staff will beef up the growing Department of Biological and Food Sciences at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


The department, which moved from Grimsby to the new £5.5 million science centre in Lincoln last year, aims to grow from 100 to 1,000 students in the next four years.


Already on board is Dr Shamusi Fagbemi, who has been appointed a senior lecturer to steer the newly devised Sports Science courses. From 2002 Sports Science and Sports Studies degrees will be offered at the new University of Lincoln.


Dr Fagbemi is a human physiologist who brings with him a vast wealth of experience of teaching similar courses at Coventry University.


High demand for places on the new Forensic Science course has led to the appointment of a forensic analyst who will join the department next month.


Dr Gail Cooper, an expert in the use of hair for drug analysis, is a graduate of the forensic course at Strathclyde University and has recently been working at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC).


The Forensic Science undergraduate degree programme was established at ULH in 2000. Ninety students are about to begin their second year and a further 120 are due to start in September 2001.


The Department of Biological and Food Sciences has also appointed technician Karl Williams, who strengthens the technical team and supports the delivery of the Forensic Science course.


“The department has an exciting future and we estimate we will grow from 100 undergraduates currently to over a 1,000 within the next four years,” said Prof Brian McGaw, head of department.


“We are building an effective team of scientists capable of teaching and researching in a wide range of biological and analytical subjects. The future success of the department will rely on the development of a flexible course and the under-pinning of the undergraduate courses by quality research.”



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University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

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