From 1 July 2000 Chair of Agriculture, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development,
Responsibilities in this post include:
Research: Initiation and implementation of farm livestock research commissioned by government and commercial organisations. Special interests in pig housing, nutrition and reproduction, and in animal welfare and management of extensive and organic production systems.
Consultancy: Provision of consultancy to industry organisations.
Education: Course management and lecturing on aspects of animal science to BSc courses, PhD research supervision. Internal and external examining of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates.
Administration: University Ethical Review Committee, Farms Advisory Committee, Appeals Panel for Promotions Review of Academic Staff.
Integrative pig science:
Multidisciplinary approaches to improve pig welfare
Prevention of abnormal behaviour in pigs
Housing systems for farrowing and lactation
Improving piglet survival and managing the low birthweight piglet
Nutritional influences on reproduction in the pig
Detection and management of pig disease
Management of extensive and organic livestock production systems
Animal behaviour and welfare:
Welfare assessment methodologies
Environmental enrichment and welfare
Social organisation and resource requirements
Environmental influences on behavioural development
1997 Roche National Livestock Nutrition Award. (Awarded by an independent panel of academics
and industry representatives to the person or group deemed to have made the greatest
contribution to the understanding or practice of feeding farm livestock in the preceding five years).
1999 RSPCA/BSAS award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare. (Awarded jointly by the
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Society of Animal
Science to the person or group whose work has done the most to promote the cause of farm animal welfare).
2001 Elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology
2002 Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society of England
2004 Elected President of the British Society of Animal Science
2006 Appointed to UK Farm Animal Welfare Council
2006 Appointed Council member, European Federation of Animal Science
2007 Leroy Fellowship Award, European Federation of Animal Science. (The A.M. Leroy Fellowship
highlights the work of an active scientist or professional whose activities and reputation are
2009 David Black Award (Awarded by the British Pig Executive for an important and sustained
contribution to the British pig industry).
2010 Elected as Foreign Academic Correspondent , Spanish Royal Academy of Veterinary Science
2012 Appointed to Animal Health and Welfare Panel, European Food Safety Authority
Editorial Board: Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Animal
ACE3022 Animal Welfare and Environment (ML)
ACE3048 Livestock Behaviour (ML)
ACE3049 Companion Animal Behaviour
ACE3050 Animal Nutrition and Growth
AGR3097 Animal Science Research Project
ACE2010 Agricultural Marketing
ACE1027 Animal Behaviour Methodology (ML)
ACE1021 Animal Health
ACE8085 Animal Welfare Assessment & Advice (ML)
ACE8063 Ecological & Sustainable Livestock Production Systems