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BSc (Hons), PhD, FRSC, FIFST, MInstKT, FLF


Jenny Ames is Assistant Pro- Vice Chancellor for Research, a position she took up in May 2017. In this role Jenny leads on the USW Research Strategy and chairs a number of University committees including the Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee and REF Working Group.
Prior to joining USW Jenny was Associate Dean (Research, Innovation and Partnerships) and Professor of Food and Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
Jenny obtained her BSc in Food Science at The University of Reading and her PhD in Flavour Chemistry at London University. Following postdoctoral research at both the Universities of London and Reading, she was a Lecturer at South Bank Polytechnic, London, before returning to Reading as a Lecturer in 1987 where she was subsequently promoted to Reader in Food Chemistry in 1995 and Professor of Nutritional Chemistry in 2002. In 2005, Jenny took up the new Chair of Human Nutrition and Health at Queen’s University Belfast where she was Director of Research in the Institute of Agri-Food and Land Use. She was Visiting Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA (2002-2007). In April 2009, Jenny joined Northumbria University as Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Applied Science, moving to Life Sciences in September 2010 as Associate Dean (Innovation). In September 2012, Jenny joined UWE as Associate Dean (Research and Innovation).


A highly motivated and enthusiastic strategic leader who meets objectives and delivers on time. Creative and able to translate University aspirations into Faculty realities that are palatable to both. An experienced networker who has played a lead role in several external partnerships. Personal track record of research and engagement success as well as considerable success in leading returns to the Research Excellence Framework. Developed strategies for Research Impact, including at institutional level. Through mentoring and coaching enables others to engage, successfully lead their own teams, and continuously improve. Works effectively with colleagues at all levels.




>170 – the most recent of which are in the university research repository.


*Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry,
*Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
*Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
*Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer
*Member of the Institute of Directors


Activities in the region and nationally include:
• Alliance Universities Lead for Research Impact and Member of Alliance Universities PVC Research and Innovation Network
• Member of the Universities Wales PVC Research Network
• Member of the Steering Group of the Welsh Crucible
• Member of the Executive Board of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE)


Jenny has consulted for a number of multinational food companies.


Jenny’s research is concerned with interactions between dietary protein, carbohydrate and lipid leading to compounds responsible for flavour, colour and antioxidant activity in processed foods, as well the ability of components such as polyphenols to affect these reactions. She also studies the impact of dietary components on health using cell studies. Most recently, and funded by the Technology Strategy Board, she developed research in the extraction of high value food ingredients from food processing residues. Jenny also possesses expertise to develop methods of analysis for a range of dietary components as well as mass spectrometric proteomics methods for glycated proteins. Much of her work is in collaboration with industry. She has been principal or co-investigator of externally funded research grants with a total value in excess of £2.6 million. Jenny has published ~170 research papers, one book and one patent and has co-edited the proceedings of three international conferences. She has graduated >25 PhD students. Jenny is a Founder Member of the International Maillard Reaction Society.

Areas of Expertise

Food chemistry, analytical chemistry, management and leadership



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