Dr Vanessa Halliday SFHEA, PhD, RD


Senior Lecturer

Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  Room G045, Ground Floor, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 4268
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

email: vanessa.halliday@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-2458-5253


I joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in 2013 as a Lecturer in Public Health. My undergraduate degree was in animal nutrition and physiology, following which I completed a PG Diploma in Dietetics. Since 1996 I have been a registered dietitian, working for a number of NHS organisations, predominantly in the field of oncology and palliative care. In 2005 the opportunity arose for me to pursue a career in higher education. I joined the University of Nottingham as a Teacher Practitioner, and subsequently as a Lecturer in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. My role involved contributing to the teaching and clinical placement management on the undergraduate Master of Nutrition course. More recently, as Course Director for the Master of Public Health by distance learning programme (MPH DL), I have developed an enthusiastic interest in the use of technology to enhance our students’ experience of online learning at the University of Sheffield.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily around the prevention and treatment of malnutrition in vulnerable population groups. Whilst the majority of my work has focussed on undernutrition and nutrition support, I am also interested in the management of obesity. I have experience of using quantitative approaches, including the development of health measurement scales, as well as qualitative methods.

Teaching Interests

My approach to teaching is student centred and focuses on real-world practice, whether this be in the subject area of nutrition or research methodology. Sharing enthusiasm for my subject area with my students is important. Equally so is sharing my enthusiasm for teaching with my peers. In 2015 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

As the Section Director of Learning and Teaching for Public Health I am able to contribute to the coordination and management of learning and teaching in ScHARR.
I am also the Course Director for the Master of Public Health (Distance Learning) programme and a champion of technology enhanced learning and the related pedagogy.

Current teaching involvement:
HAR6053 Dissertation (DL) Module Leader
MED615 Clinical Nutrition Deputy Module Leader
Dissertation Supervisor for students on MPH, MSc Clinical Research and MMedSci Human Nutrition.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising research students in topics related to clinical nutrition and public health nutrition.

Professional Activities

I am a Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a member of the British Dietetic Associaiton (BDA).

Current Projects

Investigating the effect of post-operative home jejunostomy feeding on quality of life and nutritional parameters in patients with oesophago-gastric cancer 

In collaboration with a research team at University Hospitals Leicester.  The study is funded by a Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB),  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), grant.

Previous Projects

Investigating neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for people with non-small cell lung cancer receiving chemotherapy.  Funded by a National Cancer Research Institute Lung Cancer Supportive and Palliative Care grant.  My involvement was with the qualitiative arm of this study.  The aim was to provide detailed understanding about the use of NMES from the patient's prospective (2009-2011).

Predicting weight loss in people with cancer.  This mixed methods research project was funded by a capacity building grant from the National Cancer Research Institute.  The study involved the reliability and predictive validity testing of a cancer appetite and symptom questionnaire.  In addition, qualitative interviews were conducted to explore the experiences of weight loss in people with lung and upper GI cancer (2007-2010).

Journal articles


  • Halliday V (2012) Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics In Webster-Gandy J, Madden A & Holdsworth M (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics Oxford University Press
  • Halliday V (2011) Palliative Care Formulary In Twycross R & Wilcock A (Ed.), Palliative Care Formulary Radcliffe Publishing

Conference proceedings papers