Melanie Wakeman

Senior Lecturer in Applied Physiology

School of Health Sciences
0121 3317092

Melanie specialises in nutrition and has been teaching nutrition since 1996 after obtaining an MSc. in Nutrition. Currently she is the Programme Director for the BSc. (Hons) Health and Well-being (Nutrition Science) and coordinates many of the modules on this course.

Her major interest is around nutrition and behaviour - what influences what we eat, why we eat and particularly with children and teenagers, what makes us 'fussy'.  A big part of her role is to teach about evidence based nutrition and help people understand the myths and truths when it comes to eating healthily.


2010 Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (Birmingham City University)

 1996 MSc. (Nutrition and Physical Activity) (University of London, Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry)


Member of the Nutrition Society. 

Application for Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition is pending. 


Mel has a broad remit in teaching both physiology and nutrition across the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Science. She also contributes to a variety of programmes including pre and post-registration nursing (particularly adult and paediatric with some Learning disabilities and Mental Health).

Concerning applied nutrition, she  teaches about diet & obesity for all fields of nursing, nutrition and pressure ulcers for Operating Department Practitioners, nutrition and immunity / wound healing for child nurses, nutritional assessment and requirements for community health nurses, alcohol misuse for mental health nurses, nutrition and feeding problems for learning disability nurses.


Mel has a wide range of interests in the areas of food, nutrition and health.

She has presented for external groups and meetings on aspects of nutrition and health (fatigue, healthy eating in children, tackling fussy eating in pre-schoolers)


Wakeman, M. (2014) Hard Evidence: what do primary school children need to eat? The Conversation, 22 September 2014

Drysdale I, Hinkley H Walters N, Shale M, Bird D (2001) Bilateral Variation in Calcaneal Broadband Ultrasound Attenuation: Part I Journal of Clinical Densitometry, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 37-42

Drysdale I, Hinkley H Walters N, Shale M, Bird D (2001) Bilateral Variation in Calcaneal Broadband Ultrasound AttenuationPart II: As Measured by Three Bone Densitometers Employing Ultrasound or X-ray. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 337-341

Media Work

Mel is a media Champion and has been asked to comment on BBC Radio (West Midlands, Coventry & Warwick), ITV Central and several magazines and papers (Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail, Nursing Standard, Cycling Plus). She has also presented for external groups and meetings on nutrition and health.

Links and Social Media

The Grub Hub

Mel writes a blog called The Grub Hub which provides information and advice to all about what we should and shouldn’t be eating.

Follow Mel on Twitter