Dr Tanefa A. Apekey

RNutr (Public Health)

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition

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Dr Tanefa A. Apekey
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a PhD in Human Nutrition, MPhil in Food Science and BSc in Food Science and Nutrition. I worked at the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, from 2009 to 2010, and as a Researcher on a clinical trial in the Leeds Institute of Health Science from 2010-2013. I joined Leeds Trinity University as a Lecturer in 2014, where I taught undergraduates on the Nutrition and Food course. Prior to joining ScHARR, I worked in the Nutrition and Dietetics team at Leeds Beckett University as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and a Reader (2022).

  • PhD Human Nutrition
  • MPhil Food Science
  • BSc Food Science & Nutrition
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Research interests

My research takes a multidisciplinary approach and involves collaborations with Health and Social Care Third Sector Organisations, and their Service Users. My current research interests include:

  • Community-based co-development of healthy eating and lifestyle resources and interventions to reduce health inequality, and raise the health profile of minority ethnic groups, and people from socio-economically disadvantage communities [e.g. Co-produced culturally appropriate multi-ethnic healthy eating resources | Migrant Health Research Group | Leeds Beckett University
  • Modified Caribbean Fish Curry | FoodWise (foodwiseleeds.org)
  • Co-produced Culturally Appropriate Healthy Eating Recipe Resources for People of Black Ethnicity Living in Leeds | Doing Good Leeds

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PhD Students at Leeds Beckett University

  • Lauren Senior
  • Haddy Badjan Jallow

Collaboration with Leeds Beckett University

  • Obesity Institute, Tackling Disparities Theme - Tackling Disparities and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) | Obesity Institute | Leeds Beckett University
  • Re:Mission Study - Meet the Team - Re:Mission (remission.study)

Current grants

  • Heart Research UK - Co-developing multicultural healthy eating resources. An academic - third sector partnership.
  • Research England - Addressing health inequalities in Leeds: A pilot healthy eating intervention evaluation with a Third Sector Community Organisation and people from African Caribbean communities.
  • MRC Public Health Intervention Development, PHIND - Coproduction of ‘Health Connections’ – a community-based diet, physical activity and healthy weight intervention for UK Black and South Asian adults.
  • WHO Europe Region - Impacts of the COVID-19pandemic on ethnic and migrant inequalities. A rapid evidence review.
  • Public Health England (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities) - A coproduced mixed method evaluation of the NHS England low calorie diet implementation pilot.
Teaching interests

I have experience of:

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and across disciplines. 
  • PhD supervision
  • Different modes of teaching (e.g. distance learning) that support active learning. 
  • Enhancing employability of students by through placement, volunteering, participation in real life projects etc.
Teaching activities
  • Nutritional Epidemiology (module lead)
  • Dissertation (module lead)
  • Professionalism and Practice in Nutrition (module lead)
  • Nutritional Biochemistry (contributor)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Trustee for Feel Good Factor Charity in Chapeltown, Leeds.
  • Reviewer for Nutrients and Nutrition journals, 2018-present.
  • Collaborations with Third Sector Organisations (e.g. Heart Research UK, Feel Good Factor Leeds, Touchstone Leeds) to design and delivery health and nutrition awareness raising events in socio-economically deprived communities (e.g. Community healthy eating event in Leeds - Heart Research UK