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Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (NSAFSS)

The Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (NSAFSS) group has been established to advance and promote the development of teaching and research within the field of food and nutrition.


Our internationally renowned faculty are all currently active in research, ensuring an innovative yet focused approach with practical application in our undergraduate and postgraduate course delivery.

Research activities of the institute draw upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across health, science and social sciences within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS.

Commercial companies are also able to take advantage of the expertise held within NSAFSS through project consultancy work by members of staff or through placements and internship opportunities with students and graduates.

The Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (NSAFSS) Group is the home for the centres of excellence for:

  • led by Nutritional Sciences Professor Nicola Lowe

Undertaking internationally based research in the areas of micronutrient metabolism, dietary recommendations, and relationships between diet and health with strong collaborative research links in Pakistan, Peru and Europe through our various funded research programmes. We support MSc and PhD research degrees.

  • led by Food Safety and HACCP Practice Professor Carol Wallace

Providing education and training, applied research and consultancy at the leading edge of food safety management best practice. Research interests include factors impacting the effectiveness of HACCP-based food safety management systems in practice within the global food supply chain, from larger multinational manufacturers through to small food producers and caterers, and include the perspectives and practices of food businesses, auditors, enforcers and consumers.

Our research has informed international policy regarding food safety practice, Dietary micronutrient recommendations and management of malnutrition. We publish high-quality research in peer-reviewed international Journals and have authored a number of widely acclaimed books.

  • Professor Nicola Lowe
  • Professor Carol Wallace
  • Dr Stephanie Dillon
  • Dr Bojlul Bahar
  • Dr Jan Mei Soon
  • Professor Fiona Dykes
  • Dr Victoria Hall Moran
  • Mick McKeown
  • Professor Mukhitar Zaman
  • Professor Basma Ellahi, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester
  • Dr Monique Lhussier, University of Northumbria
  • Prof Peter Aggett
  • Professor Mukthiar Zaman

For more information please contact:

(Nutritional Sciences) Professor in Nutritional Science School of Sport and Health Sciences Darwin Building, DB230 University of Central Lancashire Preston PR1 2HE United Kingdom Professor Nicola Lowe

+44 (0)1772 893599

(Food Safety) Professor of Food Safety Management Systems Co-Director, Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (NSAFSS) Group School of Sport and Health Sciences Darwin Buiding, DB203 University of Central Lancashire Preston PR1 2HEProfessor Carol Wallace

+44 (0)1772

The School of Excellence builds on the existing international reputation for excellence on research and teaching in the area of Nutritional Science. Led by Prof Nicola Lowe, this research centre takes the advancement of nutritional Science into the field with real-world impact, evidenced within our current research projects listed below.