Staff Profile:Professor Orla Kennedy

Professor Orla Kennedy
Job Title:
Teaching and Learning Dean

University of Reading

Faculty Director Teaching and Learning for Science

2005-2010 Joint Faculty of Sciences Programme Directors committee

2010- University of Reading Senate

2010- Joint Faculty of Science & Life Sciences Board for Teaching & Learning joint


2010- Faculty of Science Management Board member

2010- Representing Faculty of Science on the following university committees:

University Board for Teaching and Learning (UBTL)

Committee on Strategy for Student Recruitment and Academic Provision

Sub-committee on Management Information and Monitoring

Sub-committee on Development and Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Sub-committee on Student Recruitment and Marketing

Chair of the following:

Sub-committee on Student Support

Faculty of Science Special Cases Sub-committee

Faculty of Science Examinations meeting

Alternate chair for Sub-committee on Student Development.

2010 Periodic review Chair ICMA.

2010 Periodic review panel member Agriculture Policy and Development

2009- Member of the Institute for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research

Areas of Interest:

I have secured funds for educational projects, focused on careers and employability and am leading the Universities Science Skills project. I am co-investigator BBSRC Advanced training partnership bid, which will allow Food and Nutritional Sciences to develop courses at all levels for the food industry.

My nutrition research focuses on food choice and public health nutrition. My research strategy is to use a multidisciplinary approach to understand the factors driving food choice in certain groups, with the aim of devising meaningful, practical and achievable interventions to address current nutritional problems in specific groups. This multi-disciplinary approach encompasses qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods, measures of cognitive function, genetic profiling, sensory science and econometrics. This has led to my involvement in £1.9 million worth of research funding from external commercial contracts, research councils, charities and internal University of Reading (UoR) bids, of which £530.5 k (PI) and £1.377 million (Co-I).


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cool children: children's views on smoking and addiction. Social Science & Medicine ,53 (5): 593-602

Recent abstracts:

Rajashekar, V., Cunliffe, A., Kennedy, O., & F. Hucklebridge (2007).Effect of Epigallocatechingallate on Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Indices of Blood Glucose Regulation. Malta Polyphenol Society Conference, Nov 2007,A.

Rabee, S., Collings, P., Copp., J.& O.B. Kennedy (2006).Evaluation of health campaigns in schools; Food Awareness Week, East Berkshire. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society,A.

Law, C., Gosney, M.A & O.B. Kennedy (2006) Age related changes in taste and effect on food supplement palatability. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society,A.

Wade, S & O.B. Kennedy (2006) Do differences exist between gym/non-gym users nutritional knowledge and use of labels? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 61A.

Kennedy, O.B., Stewart-Knox, B.J., Mitchell P.C. & D.I. Thurnham (2006) Vitamin E

supplementation and mechanical texture measurement of cooked poultry meat. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 85A.

PGCAP, University of Reading, 2007

PhD, University of Ulster, 2004

MSc Food Science, Queens University Belfast, 1995

State Registration in Dietetics (SRD) Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine, 1993

BSc(Hons)Human Nutrition with dietetics, University of Ulster, 1993

Memberships of professional bodies:
2008- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2006- Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
1999- Registered Nutritionist � Nutrition Society
1993- Registered Dietician with Health Professions Council


Cogent Member 2012-

Semta Member 2012 -

Biopharma skills consortium Chair 2012-

Nutrition Bulletin Editorial Board 2012-

Reading UTC steering group member 2010-

DEFRA's Fruit and Vegetable task force and consumption group member, 2010

Scientific committee member for the EU funded VIVA project - vegetables and weaning


UK Food Standards Agency Food Composition Expert User group member 2009-

Monthly BBC Radio Berkshire Food and Nutrition slot 2009-

Science and Technology (SET) Awards Nutrition and Health Panel Judge 2009,2010

IFST Communication task force member 2008

Editorial board member Complete Nutrition 2006-2009

IFST membership committee 2007-2010

Editorial board member of the British Journal of Nutrition


Elected to the UK Nutrition Society Council 2006-2009

UK Nutrition Society academic liaison officer 2005-2010

Orla Kennedy Staff Profile

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7709
0118 931 0080
Blandford Lodge 101 and Harry Nursten 4-27

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