A senior employee at malt business Muntons, has been appointed an Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University.
The role sees Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons Technical and Sustainability Director, directly recognised by the School of Biosciences.
It is an appointment made in honour of Nigel’s extensive teaching contribution within the University.
In recent times, he has lectured on malting, brewing science, speciality malts, malt sensory analysis, energy, resource use efficiency and waste processing and sustainability in malting, brewing and distilling.
These lectures are provided to undergraduates within the University taking BSc courses and to students from many international locations in more advanced education within brewing and distilling companies as part of their MSc or PhD programs.
Nigel said: “It is essential that malting, brewing and distilling companies engage with those taking degree courses as much as possible, to enthuse them about how they can use their expertise and innovative thinking to benefit our supply chain.
“It helps them to understand the challenges we face and how the many different disciplines coordinate to achieve continual improvement.”
Nigel has spearheaded the establishment of farmer support groups focussed on sustainable agriculture and coined the phrase ‘Practical Sustainability.’
He has been awarded the accolade of being in the top 100 leaders in sustainability in UK by The Manufacturer magazine, being described as ‘an inspirational leader’ and a ‘driver of cultural change’ in sustainability.
Being awarded the Honorary Associate Professorship at Nottingham University, School of Biosciences came as a genuine surprise to Nigel.
He said: “When the news came through I was somewhat overwhelmed. Passing on my knowledge and experience to the students just seemed the obvious thing to do! I had no idea that I would be rewarded in this way.”