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



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

Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning.

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).





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


DANONE Provide study (Industry): Nutritional supplementation 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/

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



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). 


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)



Recent invited presentations: (2012-)

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

Nutrition Society Irish Section Annual Meeting, 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:  Dairy and Health.

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

I am an External Examiner at the University of Surrey (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition).

I have been an external assessor for a number of external Nutrition programmes at UG and PG level (eg Monash University, University of Surrey).

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

I teach in the undergraduate and postgraduate 'Food' programmes at Newcastle University in the following areas;

  • 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 

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