I am a Senior Lecturer in Food Safety and Microbiology, and have a passion for all things microbiological. I am currently Module Leader for the third year Food Safety module focusing on how we ensure the microbiological safety of food, and the second year Applied Microbiology module that has a broader remit covering environmental and health microbiology as well as food.
After graduating with a microbiology based BSc (Hons) in Biological Science from the University of Leicester in 1991, I worked as a food microbiologist and a consultant to the food industry for a number of organisations including Safeway and SGS UK Ltd. Here I carried out routine microbiological investigations of foods to test their quality and safety, determined food durability and set use by dates, and investigated customer complaints. I also carried out hygiene inspections of food businesses, investigated specific microbiological problems, consulted on food law with particular reference to accuracy of information on food labels, and general food consultancy work.
I returned to academia in 1996 as a research assistant at University of Surrey, Roehampton where I completed a PhD investigating risk factors for domestic cases of salmonella food poisoning in children and adults.
I joined Bath Spa in 2001 to lecture in food safety and food quality. During my time here, I have developed new modules in Disease and Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, Applied Microbiology, and Communicating Science, and redesigned the third year Food Safety module to increase the focus on food safety management and HACCP. I was the course leader for the Diet and Health degree programme until the University restructured its provision, and am currently Senior Lecturer in Food Microbiology.
My research interests currently focus on the Small World Initiative, searching for new antibiotics from soil microbes. I have a new PhD student starting in October 2018 who will be researching the use and commercial applications of using bacteriophage to control human infections caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus. I also have research interests in microbial contamination in the home, HACCP, understanding consumers' awareness of food safety and food hygiene and using this information to inform food safety programmes.
I enjoy public engagement to disseminate information and try to dispel some myths about bacteria and other microbes. I have run sessions for schools and the public, and appeared on radio and television discussing food microbiology and safety issues. This included working with Channel 4 on a television series called Food to set up a ‘rotting room’ where foods were deliberately left to spoil (which was exactly as smelly as you imagine) and I appeared on screen each week discussing food spoilage and food poisoning associated with different categories of food.
I am also the Academic Mobility Coordinator for students studying science subjects and assist them with the arrangement of their Erasmus or International Placements.
In 2012, I gained Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy.
I also curate two Scoop-it! websites:
- PhD - University of Surrey Roehampton
- BSc (Hons) - University of Leicester
- Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies in Professional Learning - Higher Education (November 2005).
- Fellow - Higher Education Academy
- Member - Society for Applied Microbiology
- Member - Microbiology Society.
Other external roles
- 2018 - Designed and delivered microbiology talks for local primary schools
- 2017 - Active and Sustainable Travel Champion at Bath Spa
- 2016 - Collaboration with colleague at University College Cork to present a joint talk at Microbiology Society summer conference
- 2016 - Interviewed by freelance journalist about the validity of food durability labels
- 2015 - Worked with a local school on a microbiology project run by the Natural History Museum in London to sample and identify urban microbiota
- 2015 - Fact checked ‘food facts’ for children’s television programme
- 2011 - Reviewed new HACCP book for Oxford University Press
- 2010 - Microbiology consultant to Channel 4 for their TV series Food: What's In Your Basket, and appeared on screen discussing food spoilage and food poisoning
- May 2010 - Reviewed new critical thinking textbook for Palgrave.
- Food microbiology
- Food hygiene and safety
- Antobiotic resistance
I am the Module Leader for the following modules:
- BY6510: Food Safety
- BIO5004: Applied Microbiology
- BIO5100: Food Analysis
- BIO4104: Communicating Science.
I contribute to teaching on the following modules:
- BIO4000: Biological Techniques
- BIO4001: Conservation Biology
- BIO4100: The Microbial World
- BIO4102: Global Food Issues
- BIO4103: Food Nutrition and Health
- BIO5001: Biology In Society
- BIO5002: Research Skills
- BIO5103: Future Food: Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century
- BIO5104: Food Product Development
- BIO6501: Research Dissertation
- BIO6513: Food and Nutrition in Practice.
- University of Plymouth, Truro and Penwith College - FdSc Health and Nutrition (2010 - 2014)
- University of Roehampton - BSc Nutrition and Health (2012 - present).
- Director of studies for a PhD student researching the development and efficacy of bacteriophage aqueous cream against multiple Staphylococcus aureus strains, including MRSA for the prevention and/or treatment of skin infections (commencing October 2018)
- Developing new module in Communicating Science for delivery in 2019
- Contributor to BSU Lecture Experience Days, 2016-2018
- Speaker at the 2016 Microbiology Society Annual Conference. This was in collaboration with a colleague at University College Cork on our experiences of incorporating the Small World Initiative into our respective degree programmes
- Successfully applied in 2015 for Bath Spa University to be one of the first six HE institutions in the UK to run the Small World Initiative. This is a programme where undergraduates and the public are involved in a global research project to identify new antibiotic producers from soil microbiota. The programme has been embedded in my second year Applied Microbiology module since 2015.
- Erasmus Teaching exchange - taught a one week course in HACCP to Masters students at ESPAS, the Catholic University in Lille, France (November 2006, November 2009, January 2011, January 2012)
- Mentored two colleagues through application for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2015 and 2018).
Recent professional updating
- Delegate at Bath Spa's Learning and Teaching symposium on Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
- Delegate at Bath Spa's Learning and Teaching Symposium, 2017
- Delegate and speaker at Microbiology Society annual conference, Liverpool, 2016
- FAA Level 2 award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF), 2016
- Small World Initiative summer school, Reading University, 2015
- Delegate at IFST Food Auditing conference, 2011.
Research and academic outputs
De Sequeira, A, Haysom, I and Marshall, R (2015) 'Food safety training and teaching in UK/Europe.' In: Ricke, S.C, Donaldson, J.R and Phillips, C.A, eds. Food safety: emerging issues, technologies and systems. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 427-439. ISBN 9780128002452
A study into the antimicrobial effects of cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) using disc‐diffusion assay
Maidment, C, Dyson, A and Haysom, I (2006) 'A study into the antimicrobial effects of cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) using disc‐diffusion assay.' Nutrition & Food Science, 36 (4). pp. 225-230. ISSN 0034-6659
Haysom, I and Sharp, K (2005) 'Bacterial contamination of domestic kitchens over a 24-hour period.' British Food Journal, 107 (7). pp. 453-466. ISSN 0007-070X
Haysom, I and Sharp, K (2004) 'Cross-contamination from raw chicken during meal preparation.' British Food Journal, 106 (1). pp. 38-50. ISSN 0007-070X
Haysom, I and Sharp, K (2003) 'The survival and recovery of bacteria in vacuum cleaner dust.' Perspectives in Public Health, 123 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN 1757-9147
Haysom, I (2004) Bacterial contamination levels at 5 sites in a domestic kitchen over a 24 hour period. In: Society for Applied Microbiology- Food and Dairy Microbiology Conference, July 2004.
Haysom, I (2004) Survival and recovery of bacterial contamination within vacuum cleaner dust. In: Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Public Health Conference, June 2004.
Bain, L, De Sequeira, A and Haysom, I (2010) Investigation into the antimicrobial efficacy of Garcinia indica towards E.coli.
Haysom, I (2010) Food: what goes in your basket?