RNutr (Public Health), FHEA, MA, MSc., BSc. (Hons.)
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I am a UK Registered Nutritionist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently, I practise freelance and work with industry and charitable organisations to develop education programmes and user-friendly recipes with nutrition information to help users make informed choices. I also run food practicals to incorporate aspects of healthy eating.
I have worked in the charitable and higher education sectors to teach and write about nutrition. My research interests study the significance of food practices on the health of communities, reflecting my training in both health sciences and humanities, and the experience working with different community groups.
As a career advisor to student nutritionists and new graduates, I have been featured in articles on Big Picture (Wellcome Trust), the Meat and Education programme and British Council’s Study in the UK Guide.
Alongside my professional practice, I am also a part-time PhD researcher at the Institute for Global Health at the University College London, studying the self-care and food practices of mothers in Zhejiang, China.
I am an alumna with Diocesan Old Girls’ Association UK and the CUHK Alumni Association UK.
I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Professional Qualifications, Memberships and Education
– Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), UKVRN
– Member, Nutritionists in Industry
– Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
– PhD (part-time research), Institute for Global Health, University College London, commenced 2017
– MA in Anthropology of Food, SOAS University of London (distinction), conferred 2017
– PG Cert in Academic Practice (Higher Education), St Mary’s University (distinction), conferred 2015
– MSc in Public Health Nutrition, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh (pass), conferred 2008
– BSc in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Hons.), Chinese University of Hong Kong (pass), conferred 2006
Nutrition Consultant and Lecturer, Freelance, London and Hong Kong
September 2016 – present
As a Nutrition Consultant, I advise clients on developing materials for various health and wellbeing projects, and run seminars and workshops, with a focus on diet and health. I also conduct nutrition analysis for recipes to help comply with reformulation guidelines.
In addition, I manage and lead community group sessions for different target groups using available resources and ingredients. Most recently, I have been teaching Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) and clients rehabilitating from mental illnesses. I also run workshops on easy family cooking.
I continue to teach about topical food and nutrition issues to a range of students at UK and Hong Kong universities.
I am the Nutrition columnist for the parenting digital magazine, ‘Back to School‘.
Lecturer in Nutrition, School of Sports, Health and Applied Science, St Mary’s University, London
September 2014 – 2016
During this teaching post, I designed and delivered lectures and seminars on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with an emphasis on public health and health promotion. I also led a research study to explore cultural considerations in dietary choices and infant feeding practices of new Chinese mothers in London featured on the blog for Oxford Food Symposium.
Nutrition Scientist, Education Group, British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
September 2008 – September 2014
As the appointed Nutrition Scientist in Education, I presented video podcasts on BNF’s Youtube page, delivered nutrition updates at annual regional conferences in the UK (each up to 200+ teachers) and conducted regular eSeminars on topical nutrition issues to different audiences.
I co-authored and secured grants to implement, and wrote materials for, UK and EU-wide initiatives to educate young people on healthy eating and where food comes from, including the UK’s first national Healthy Eating Week, reaching over 1 million young people. Print and digital interactive educational resources on BNF’s education site included a nutrition analysis application and lifestyle assessment tool. I also piloted and created course materials for BNF’s online nutrition training platform, and led to ensure its optimal functionality.
During this time, I also conducted and published research on the consumption of ethnic foods and the diets of minority ethnic groups in the UK in academic journals and newsletters by partner charities and the industry.
I was the Liaison Link for BNF’s member companies and advisor to the London Schools Nutritionists Network.
Research Assistant, Food and Nutritional Sciences Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
January 2007 – August 2007
As an early career researcher and teaching assistant, I managed the data collection and analysis of Hong Kong’s first Food Consumption Survey and supported other nutrition research projects. I also taught and assessed undergraduate students on community nutrition and nutrition policy.
Leung (2017) Cultural considerations in postnatal dietary and infant feeding practices amongst Chinese mothers in London. British Journal of Midwifery. 25: 1-7.
Leung (2013) Health impact of diet in minority ethnic groups. Practice Nurse 43 (12): 26-29
Leung and Stanner (2012) Is diet to blame for poor health of minority ethnic groups in the UK? Nutrition Society: Your nutrition
Leung and Stanner (2011) Diets of minority ethnic groups in the UK: influence on chronic disease risk and implications for prevention. Nutrition Bulletin 36 (2): 161-198 (summary published in Network Health Dietitians)
Leung (2010) Understanding Halal Food Supply Chain. Nutrition Bulletin 35 (4): 371-372
Leung (2010) Ethnic foods in the UK. Nutrition Bulletin. 35 (3):226-234
Leung (2009) Functional Food Centre, Oxford Brookes University. Nutrition Bulletin. 34 (3): 324-326
Leung (2009) National Obesity Forum 6th Annual Conference. Nutrition Bulletin. 34 (1): 97-102