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17 May 2005
PR 05/39

AstraZeneca Director joins Loughborough University

The Director of Process Engineering at Charnwood AstraZeneca has joined Loughborough University’s Department of Chemical Engineering as a Visiting Professor.

Professor Richard Wakeman welcomes Neville to the department.

The honorary appointment of Neville Brewis will run initially for three years. His expertise in a variety of fields will be of great benefit to the department, in particular in helping to shape a new MSc course in Pharmaceutical Engineering, which begins in September. Neville will also give a number of lectures to Chemical Engineering students and staff.

He said: “It is an honour and recognition of longevity in the profession. I intend to be proactive because I passionately believe in giving something back to the function. My key role will be to bring an industrial perspective, to make sure that what they teach in academia is relevant to industry.”

Neville was introduced to the role when he gave a talk on life as a chemical engineer in the pharmaceutical industry to students, at the Chemical Engineering Society’s annual dinner in March.

The appointment has also meant a reunion for Neville. Professor Richard Wakeman, the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, was Neville’s postgraduate colleague at Manchester University in the 1970’s.

Professor Wakeman added: “I am delighted Neville has joined the department and the skills and knowledge he brings will be of great benefit to our students.”


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Notes for editors:

  1. A photograph of Neville Brewis and Professor Richard is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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