I graduated with a microbiology based BSc (Hons) in Biological Science from the University of Leicester in 1991.
I then worked as a food microbiologist and a consultant to the food industry for a number of organisations including Safeway and SGS UK Ltd where I carried out routine microbiological investigations of foods, investigated customer complaints, and established product shelf lives. 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 consultancy work.
I then returned to academia in 1996 as a research assistant at University of Surrey, Roehampton where I undertook a PhD in Microbiological Contamination in the Home. My research initially focussed on determining the risk factors for domestic cases of Salmonella food poisoning in chldren under 5, but this was later broadened to include people of all ages.
I joined Bath Spa University College (as was) in 2001 to lecture in food safety and food quality. Since that time I have developed new modules in Disease and Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, and Introduction to Microbiology, and redesigned the third year Food Safety module. I am currently Course Leader for the Diet And Health degree programme.
My research interests focus on 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 was also involved in a recent Channel 4 television series called Food where I appeared on screen discussing food spoilage and food poisoning.
In addition I am the Erasmus and International Placement coordinator for the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment.
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
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012) HEA.
- Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies in Professional Learning - Higher Education. Awarded November 2005.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of Society for Applied Microbiology.Presented research poster at 2004 conference. Delegate at Winter Conference 2007 on Food and Health
- Member of Society for General Microbiology
- Member of the Society of Food Hygiene Technology.
Other external roles
- July 2011 - Reviewed new HACCP book for Oxford University Press
- August to November 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
- December 2008 - Panel member for validation of Graduate Diploma in Professional Creative Media Skills
- February 2008 - Invited to review book proposal for Wiley-Blackwell
- May 2007 - Interviewed on BBC local radio discussing sandwiches and use by dates
- 10/02/06 - Appeared on BBC Breakfast News discussing use by and best before dates in the context of food safety and food quality
- 2005: Reviewed paper for Appetite.
- Food Microbiology
- Food Hygiene and Safety
- Food Quality.
I am the Module Leader for the following modules:
- BY5007: Applied Microbiology
- BY6510: Food Safety
- OM4006: Discovering Science.
I contribute to teaching on the following modules:
- BY4501: Introduction to Biological Sciences
- BY4502: Biodiversity and Conservation
- BY4505: Global Food Issues
- BY4506: Food Nutrition and Health
- BY5501: Biology: The Science of Life
- BY5502: Advanced Food and Nutrition
- BY5504: Research Methods
- BY5508: Epidemiology and Public Health
- BY5510: Food Product Development
- BY6501: Research Dissertation
- BY6511: Future Food: Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century
- BY6513: 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).
- 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)
- Created new level 4 module - FN4002 Public Health Nutrition for delivery from 2009/10
- Created a new level 5 module - FN5001 Advanced Food and Nutrition for delivery from 2009/10
- Redeveloped existing modules, FN6002 Contemporary Food Issues and FN6003 Food Safety for delivery from 2009/10
- Awarded funds for a PedR project to develop an e-learning package for a microbiology module.
- Member of working party evaluating reference management software for Bath Spa University (2008)
- Currently evaluating the use of video to increase understanding of and access to laboratory practical classes initially for use as a learning resource for FS3016, FS2013 and FS1010
- Created a new level C module - FS1010 Introduction to Microbiology for delivery 2006/07
- Created a new level H Module - FS3016 Food Safety for delivery 2007/08
- Created a new level I module - FS2013 Food Quality Assurance for delivery 2006/07
- Erasmus Teaching exchange - taught a one week course in HACCP to Food Technology students at ESPAS, the Catholic University in Lille, France (October 2005). Underpinned teaching on FS2008 and will inform teaching on FS3016
- Co-chaired and presented a paper at a meeting on food labelling organised by the Co-Operative Food Group
- Society for Applied Microbiology- Food and Dairy Microbiology Conference July 2004. Presented poster on 'Bacterial Contamination Levels At 5 Sites In A Domestic Kitchen Over A 24 Hour Period'. Informed teaching on FS1007, FS2008 and FS2062/FS3063
- Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Public Health Conference June 2004. Presented poster on 'Survival and Recovery of Bacterial Contamination Within Vacuum Cleaner Dust'.Informed teaching on FS1007, FS2008 and FS2062/FS3063
- CATCON 04 Conference April 2004. Delivered paper on 'Current Issues in Food Safety'. Informed teaching on FS3010 and FS1007.
Recent professional updating
- Completed Mentoring for Mentors workshop, Janaury 2011
- Attended Society for Applied Microbiology winter meeting on enterobacteriaceae. January 2009
- Attended HEA Biosciences meeting on e-learning in HE. December 2007
- Reflection as 'deep learning' seminar
- Recruitment and Selection training (Feb 2006)
- Minerva Blackboard training session
- Seminar on use of PowerPoint in teaching
- Seminar on incorporating research into teaching
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?