Teaching Interests

Ailsa has experience teaching in a wide range of contexts and topics both at undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has a number of internal and external PhD students. Ailsa also has a national role as a member of the Member of the national ICGN Undergraduate Nutrition Education Implementation Group for development of nutrition education in the medical undergraduate curriculum (since 2010), and has a number of teaching roles in the UEA MBBS.

  • Deputy lead module 6 (homeostasis & hormones - diabetes, endocrinology, renal & urology) with responsibility for curriculum organization and content, including timetabling, writing and checking scenarios and writing learning outcomes (2007-2013)

  • Deputy theme lead for nutrition with roles in curriculum development and assessment. Examples: increased number of seminars and lectures from 16 to 20, wrote exam questions and learning outcomes (2007-2013)

  • Student selected study (SSS) tutor and examiner for nutrition and epidemiological subjects – year 1 (2010 to present)

  • Research SSS (student selected studies) in nutrition. Students in years 2-4 (currently 5 – 6 in total) (2014 to present)

  • Electives tutor for 16 students (2015 to present)

  • Problem based learning tutor for the MBBS medical degree course for years 1, 3 and now 4 (group size of 10 for 20 weeks) (2008-2013)

  • Assessment: standard setting of exam papers for the MBBS, marking of critical appraisal reviews, research protocols

  • MBBS student adviser: pastoral and career advice to 7 students

  • MBBS research project student supervisor: development of projects, literature research, statistical analysis and writing of projects (2010-2012)

  • Lectures and seminars in nutrition and in epidemiological methods: ‘Nutritional Methods’, ‘Vitamin D & Calcium’, ‘Epidemiology of Anaemia’, ’Vitamins & Bioactives’, ‘Nutrition in Pregnancy & Early Life’, ‘Nutrition and Drug Interactions’ and ‘critical appraisal of a selected epidemiological paper’

  • Assessment for the UEA masters in medical research: marking of critical appraisal of peer reviewed papers

  • Postgraduate teaching session ‘How to write for publication (epidemiology)’ (2012-2015)

  • Project supervisor for University College Dublin undergraduate placement students (2009-2013)


External teaching


  • External examiner for: MSc course in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2014 to present)

  • Imperial College MSc in Cardiology: lecture ‘Diet and cardiovascular disease in a British population’ (2011-2014)

  • The University of Suffolk ‘Dietary Assessment and Measurement Error’ (2010).

  • University of Westminster MSc International Public Health Nutrition: lecture on ‘Dietary Nutritional measurement: issues and solutions with examples from the EPIC Study’ (2001-2011)

  • University of Cambridge Mphil in Epidemiology: Co-designed the nutritional epidemiology course and its content. Lectures and seminar discussions (1993-2007).

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine MSc Public Health Nutrition: lecture ‘the EPIC-Norfolk Study’ (1999-2001)

  • University of Surrey MSc in Nutritional Medicine: lecture ‘Dietary Assessment Methods’ (1999-2003)



  • Introductory Certificate in Management Studies, pass 2001

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