Dr Ali Hill is the course leader for BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition, and was responsible for leading its development. She has been teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health, fitness and sport at Solent University since 2013. She is the unit leader for a number of units, including Introduction to Human Nutrition and Sports, Nutrition and Performance.
Ali graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Plant Science from the University of Glasgow in 2002. Her undergraduate dissertation in plant phenolics piqued her interest in nutrition and she was fortunate enough to receive a Commonwealth Scholarship to allow her to complete an MSc in Nutritional Sciences at Massey University in New Zealand. She returned to the UK to complete a PhD in Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton, examining the effect of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in pregnancy on the immune system of offspring.
During and after completing her PhD, Ali worked in the fitness and leisure industry, predominately as a swimming teacher and triathlon coach. This lead to an ongoing fascination with the impact that food can have on sports performance. To develop her knowledge, Ali completed a PGCert in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University in 2012, which she is currently upgrading to an MSc. She has been working in sports nutrition ever since, and her research interests intersect both sports nutrition and public health nutrition arenas.
Ali provides sports nutrition advice to a broad range of athletes, from amateurs to Paralympic athletes and those on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.