- Programme manager: MSc Nutrition
I am an Associate Professor in Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Leeds with more than 20 years’ experience in research exploring child, adolescent and adult diets. I am passionate about improving what we eat and I have a particular interest in improving dietary quality for optimum health in children and young people, particularly in those on the poorest diets. My research aims to make the healthier choice the easy choice with a focus on the school food environment and evaluations of programmes and policies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. I have more than 80 publications including papers, book chapters and conference abstracts many of which are on sugar and health. I have spoken at conferences in different countries around the world and was recently awarded the Silver Medal for contributions to Public Health Nutrition by the UK Nutrition Society. I have also regularly featured on television, radio and in newspaper articles as a nutritional expert including BBC breakfast, Sky News, Channel 4 news and the Today programme on Radio 4.
I work with a number of stakeholders to both improve diet and reduce inequalities in diet and health. I have been involved with projects funded by public organisations such as the Medical Research Council, The Food Standards Agency and the National Institute of Health Research as well as projects funded by the food industry such as a survey of children’s packed lunches funded by Unilever and an analysis of dietary patterns and sugar consumption funded by Sugar Nutrition UK. I have also worked with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to produce information for MPs on barriers to accessing healthy food.
I teach nutrition policy on the MSc nutrition programme and therefore get to know all the masters nutrition students personally. Obtaining a masters in Nutrition will provide you with the skills and the opportunity to pursue an exciting and interesting career in this important area. This course brings together students from many countries with a wide range of backgrounds providing opportunities to learn from peers as well as staff. You will complete modules on all aspects of nutrition from physiology to policy and finish with a summer project carrying out original research. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds.