Kathleen Hennessy-Priest

Kathleen's Profile

Job title

Programme Lead

Academic qualifications

BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, MSc. Applied Human Nutrition, PGCE Higher Education Professional Practice, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HCPC Registered Dietitian

Job Role & Responsibilities

My current role and responsibilities include; leading the MSc. Dietetics (Pre-Registration) programme, teaching and assessment across the programme curriculum, providing module leadership and supervising students' final-year projects. I provide students with support academically, pastorally and when students are on their practice-based learning (placements).


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After qualifying as a Registered Dietitian in 1988, I initially practiced in the clinical areas of adult general medicine, surgery, and elderly care. Early on in my career I was fortunate to have clinical opportunities with which to develop my paediatric knowledge and practice skills.

After 16 years of clinical dietetic practice I relocated to Canada where I was registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta, completed an MSc. in Applied Human Nutrition, developed research skills and worked as a teaching assistant on an undergraduate Nutrition programme.

I returned to the UK 4 years later, to take up a senior lecturer position at Coventry University where I taught on the BSc. Dietetics, MSc. Dietetics & Leadership, and MSc. Public Health Nutrition programmes. Throughout my 15 years at Coventry University I was also the dietetic placement coordinator.

I joined University College Birmingham in November 2023 as the Programme Lead for our new MSc. Dietetics programme, within the School of Health, Sport and Food.


I teach across the MSc. Dietetics (Pre-Registration) programme curriculum, and lead on the modules Science of Human Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, and Clinical Dietetics: The Paediatric Dietitian.

Research interests and scholarly activity

My research interests focus on paediatric nutrition and dietetics, and practice-based learning

External engagements

Full member of the British Dietetic Association.
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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