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Orla Kennedy

  • Faculty Director of Teaching and Learning for Science
  • University of Reading Senate, 2010-present
  • Joint Chair, Joint Faculty of Science & Life Sciences Board for Teaching & Learning, 2010-present
  • Faculty of Science Management Board member, 2010-present
  • Joint Faculty of Sciences Programme Directors committee, 2005-2010.

Representing Faculty of Science on the following 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.


  • 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
  • Periodic review Chair, International Capital Market Association (ICMA), 2010.


  • Institute for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research, 2009-present
  • Periodic review panel member, Agriculture, Policy and Development, 2010.



Building location

Harry Nursten

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 £1.9m worth of research funding from external commercial contracts, research councils, charities and internal University of Reading (UoR) bids, of which £530,500 (PI) and £1.377m (Co-I).

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Reading, 2007
  • PhD, University of Ulster, 2004
  • MSc Food Science, Queen's 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.

Selected publications

Recent abstracts:

Rajashekar, V., Cunliffe, A., Kennedy, O., and 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. and 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 and O.B. Kennedy (2006). Age related changes in taste and effect on food supplement palatability. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, A.

Wade, S. and 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. and D.I. Thurnham (2006). Vitamin E supplementation and mechanical texture measurement of cooked poultry meat. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 85A.

External activities

  • Cogent Member, 2012-present
  • Semta Member, 2012-present
  • Biopharma Skills Consortium Chair, 2012-present
  • Nutrition Bulletin Editorial Board, 2012-present
  • Reading UTC steering group member, 2010-present
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Fruit and Vegetable task force and consumption group member, 2010
  • Scientific committee member for the EU funded VIVA project – vegetables and weaning, 2009-present
  • UK Food Standards Agency Food Composition Expert User group member, 2009-present
  • Monthly BBC Radio Berkshire Food and Nutrition slot, 2009-present
  • Science and Technology (SET) Awards Nutrition and Health Panel Judge, 2009, 2010
  • Institute of Food Science and TEchnology (IFST) membership committee, 2007-2010
  • IFST Communication task force member, 2008
  • Editorial board member, Complete Nutrition, 2006-2009
  • Editorial board member, British Journal of Nutrition, 2006-2010
  • Elected to the UK Nutrition Society Council, 2006-2009
  • UK Nutrition Society academic liaison officer, 2005-2010.


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