Professor Simon Langley-Evans is Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Nottingham and is the Head of the School of Biosciences at the Sutton Bonington Campus. He graduated from the University of London in 1986 with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry with Microbiology. He studied for his PhD in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Dr David York. He graduated in 1990 and after a period of postdoctoral work at both Southampton and the United Medical and Dentist School in London he obtained a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship. He has subsequently held lectureship positions at the University of Southampton, University College Northampton and University of Nottingham. He was awarded a personal Chair in Human Nutrition in 2005. His research expertise lies in the area of the Developmental Origins of Adult Disease, where he has conducted pioneering work in the development of experimental models of nutritional programming.
Prof. Langley-Evans is the author of over 100 peer reviewed papers and in 2009 published an undergraduate textbook entitled, “Nutrition: A Lifespan Approach.” In 2005 he was awarded the Nutrition Society Silver Medal and in 2012 received his DSc from the University of Nottingham. From January 2013, Professor Langley-Evans is the Editor of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
Simon’s Career Path
Simon’s first job was as a part-time gardener, but after graduating from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, he took a post as a junior medical laboratory scientific officer at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London. In that role he was responsible for running medical student practical classes, with some research activity in the field of cancer biology. In 1987 Simon moved to the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus, which was then the School of Agriculture, where he was a technician responsible for running plant physiology practicals.
Simon’s move into research came with a new post at the University of Southampton where he was able to combine working as a research assistant with doing his PhD part-time in the field of obesity. From there his career became a more standard progression through academia, with a series of fixed term postdoctoral contracts at Southampton and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London. After a series of unsuccessful applications for personal fellowships he secured a prestigious Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship. This acted as the springboard for his first permanent academic position in 1996 in the School of Medicine at Southampton. After a period as a teaching specialist at the University of Northampton, he returned to Sutton Bonington where he was rapidly promoted from lecturer (2001), to Reader (2004) and Professor (2005). Developing an interest in academic leadership drew him to be Head of Nutritional Sciences, then Deputy Head of the School of Biosciences and onward to his current position.