Carol Wagstaff headed the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy before taking up her current role. She is a Professor of Crop Quality for Health in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Carol has held a number of leadership positions since joining the University in 2007. She is currently Co-Director of the BBSRC-funded Horticulture Quality and Food Loss Network and the Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership, which delivers high-level skills and training for people working within the agriculture and food industries using a combination of face-to-face and distance learning. She is also Principal Investigator on one of four £6m projects awarded under the Transforming the UK Food System Strategic Priority Fund, which focuses on “co-production of healthy, sustainable food systems for disadvantaged communities.”
Her research focuses on improving the quality of horticultural food crops, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, as well as helping consumers make healthy dietary choices.
Carol did her graduate degree in Biology at Royal Holloway and her DPhil in Plant Science from the University of York.
She started her six-year term as the Research Dean for Agriculture, Food and Health in August 2021.