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Ali  Hill

Dr Ali Hill R. Nutr. (Sport and Exercise)

Course Leader

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3837 ext. 3837 Room no. RM204D

Biography

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.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Ali has extensive experience working in the fitness industry. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Ali is a Registered Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, specialising in sport and exercise. She is also a Level 2 (ISAK) anthropometrist, and provides sports nutrition advice to athletes including Paralympians, and athletes on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). She is the South-East regional representative for the Association for Nutrition, and a member of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

    Before arriving at Solent, Ali worked in the fitness industry, and has a level 4 certificate in Obesity and Diabetes Management. She was an STA full swimming teacher and UKCC/ITU level two triathlon coach.

  2. Research interests

    Ali’s research interests include nutritional interventions to improve public health, and nutrition competencies in athletes. Follow the link below to find out more on this and her other areas of research.

    Ali’s research interests include nutritional interventions to improve public health, nutrition competencies in fitness professionals, use of apps for recording dietary intake, and the use of capsaicin (the 'heat' compound in chillies) as a performance enhancer. She is providing nutritional support to a group of scouts from Hampshire Scouting Expeditions who will be attempting an unsupported ski/kite-ski crossing of Antarctica in 2018.

    Ali has worked with the Association for Nutrition on the Public Health England project looking at nutrition competencies in fitness and leisure. In 2014, Ali and Professor Stewart Bruce-Low’s experiment on capsaicin and its effect on football performance was featured on BBC1’s Late Kick Off.

  3. Teaching experience

    Follow the link below to find out more about Ali's higher education teaching experience.

    Ali has been lecturing in nutrition at Solent University since 2013. She also teaches as a visiting lecturer on the MSc Public Health at the University of Southampton, and has done so since 2012. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Solent University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ali is an external examiner at Truro and Penwith College, and Teeside University.