School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Dr Thomas Hill

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition


Main role

Degree Programme Director of the BSc Food and Human Nutrition programme.


Ph.D (Vitamin D and bone health) and B.Sc (Nutritional Science) Cork.

Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning (PgCert LTHE).

Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition: Registration number RN1041).


Previous positions

Research Associate, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland (January 2005 – June 2011).



Nutrition Society

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

National Osteoporosis Society




Research interests

  • Micronutrients in health and disease
  • Nutrition and physical function
  • Nutritional status and health in advanced age
  • Nutritional enhancement of animal foods


Current major projects


National Osteoporosis Society Grant: Clinical evaluation of a free vitamin D assay for the study of vitamin D status in those with or at risk of osteoporosis (Prof Richard Eastell (Sheffield)- PI)

DANONE Provide study (Industry): The effect of a whey protein and vitamin D enriched RTD supplement on muscle mass and physical function in older adults.

Newcastle 85+ study: Nutrition and health in the Newcastle 85+ prospective cohort study.

Innovate UK: Sunshine Eggs: A novel vitamin D enriched food for UK consumers (Partners: Newcastle University, Noble Foods Ltd and DSM).

PROHealth: EU FP7 project: Sustainable pig and poultry production.  WP3: Diet:genotype interactions.

NIHR-EME Grant: The effect of selenium supplementation on musculoskeletal health in older adults. (role: co-applicant PI: Dr Jennie Walsh Sheffield)


Current PhD students:

Simon Bowles:  The effect of age on vitamin D metabolism (co-supervised with Prof Richard Eastell- Sheffield). 

Azizah Mat Hussin: Vitamin D and endothelial function (co-supervised with Dr Mario Siervo and Prof John Mathers). 

Nuno Mendonca: Nutritional status in the very old and its assocation with morbidity and mortality: Analysis of the Newcastle 85+ prospective cohort study (co-supervised with Profs Carol Jagger and Chris Seal). 

Thilanka Ranathunga (25-hydroxyvitamin D as a biomarker of vitamin D exposure and effect using 3 different study designs co-supervised with Dr Terry Aspray and Prof John Mathers)

Esteem indicators


First Editor:

Nutrition Research Reviews

British Journal of Nutrition

Journal of Nutritional Science


Committee membership

Nutrition Society (Irish Section committee) Membership Secretary 2006-2011.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  Public Health Nutrition sub-committee (2012- to date)

Dairy Council Healthy Ageing panel member (2015- to date )


Conference organisation

June 2011: Local Organiser: Nutrition Society 70th Anniversary Meeting jointly held with the American Society for Nutrition (University College Cork, Ireland)


Faculty Research Impact Awards (2015). Winner of the Impact in Progress category:  "Sunshine Eggs to reduce vitamin D deficiency in British consumers"  


Recent invited presentations: (2012-)

Food matters Live Annual Conference 2016 (TBC)

Primary Care and Public Health Annual Conference 2016, Birmingham. 

Dairy and Health Ageing meeting: London: Dairy and bone health throughout life

Food Matters Live Conference 2015, London, UK: Exploring recent rends in vitamin D enriched foods for the ageing consumer.

Nutrition Society Irish Section Annual Meeting, 2015 Cork: What do we know about the nutritional status of the very old?: Insights from the Newcastle 85+ study.

House of Commons: All Party Parliamentary Group hearing, 2014:  Dairy and Health.

Joint Research Centre, EU Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia 2014.  New policies for ageing consumers.

DSM Monogastric conference 2014: Derby, UK:  Lessons from human studies on vitamin D.

CIMA Annual Meeting, 2014 Sheffield, UK:  25-hydroxyvitamin D: A metabolite to be reckoned with?

International Sports and Exercise Nutrition Conference 2013, Northumbria University, UK: Diet, Exercise and Bone Health.

Mega Evento Nutricao, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2012: Vitamin D and musculoskeletal health in older age.

Nutrition and Health: An update. Belfast Northern Ireland. Diet and bone health in older age.




I maintain a strong dedication to teaching excellence and maintaining the student experience.

Main teaching responsibilities:

I am the Degree Programme Director for the BSc Food and Human Nutrition (B4D6) degree programme.

I am a member of the school's undergraduate Learning and Teaching committee. 

Curriculum development and delivery in the following modules related to Nutrition teaching at Newcastle University:

  • ACE1051 (Nutrition, Society and Ethics- Module Leader)
  • ACE1052 (Physiology for Nutrition)
  • ACE2059 (Nutrition and Metabolism- Module Leader)
  • ACE3084 (Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements- Module Leader)
  • ACE3086 (Nutrition in Health & Disease)
  • ACE3083 (Integrating Food and Human Nutrition- Module Leader)
  • ACE3062 (Sports and Exercise Nutrition) 
  • ACE3090 (Research project- Supervisor) 
  • ACE8105: Human Nutrition (MSc)  Module Leader 

External teaching roles:

  • External Examiner at the University of Surrey (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition) and Monash University , Melbourne (BSc Nutritional Science)
  • External assessor for a number of external Nutrition programmes at UG and PG level (eg Monash University, University of Surrey).

Teaching related publications

I am a co-author of a number of book chapters including:

       (i)  Oxford Textbook of Medicine: The Vitamins (In press)

       (ii) Advanced Dairy Chemistry, Volume 3 (Fat Soluble vitamins).

      (iii) Encylopedia of Dairy Science (2009) Fat soluble vitamins.

Other scholarly activity:

Teaching grants: 2010: National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Grant (Ireland):  (€5,000) co-Applicant:  The sports Nutrition game: A computer simulation to demonstrate the effect of Nutrition on athletic performance.