Dr Thomas Hill
Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

  • Email: tom.hill@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5071
  • Address: Agriculture Building
    Newcastle University
    NE1 7RU

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 (Co-applicant)

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. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/

Innovate UK: Sunshine Eggs: A novel vitamin D enriched food for UK consumers (Partners: Newcastle University, Noble Foods Ltd and DSM  http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=131899 )

PROHealth: EU FP7 project: Sustainable pig and poultry production.  WP3: Diet:genotype interactions. http://www.fp7-prohealth.eu/

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


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)

Other active collaborations

Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI):  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iafri/

The Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA):  http://www.cimauk.org/

The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse): http://www.fuse.ac.uk/people/associatemembers/

Esteem indicators


First Editor:

Nutrition Research Reviews (2012- ongoing)

British Journal of Nutrition (2012- ongoing)

Journal of Nutritional Science (2012- ongoing)

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"


Government engagement activities

House of Commons, Westminster, London: Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group hearing, November, 2014:  Provided evidence to the committee on the nutrition and health significance of dairy foods in the diet as part of a report on The Sustainable Competitiveness of the UK Dairy Industry.  Link to full report: 


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.

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.

Grant peer-reviewer (since 2015)


Arthritis Research UK

Dunhill Medical Trust




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: 
                          University of Surrey, UK (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition) 

                         Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (BSc Nutritional Science)

  • External assessor for a number of external Nutrition programmes at UG and PG level (eg Monash University, Melbourne, Australia & University of Surrey, UK).

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.