Mel Wakeman

Senior Lecturer in Applied Physiology, School of Allied and Public Health Professions, Faculty of Health

Mel is a specialist in areas of nutrition and digestive physiology and paediatric physiology. As a self-confessed foodie, she wants to know what we are putting into our bodies when we eat and aims to ensure that people are informed and encouraged to consume a balanced diet.

Mel has commented on a number of national and regional publications, including the Daily Mail and BBC Radio West Midlands. She is also an active blogger, hosting her own online column, The Grub Hub, and contributing to the university’s views@bcu site.


  • Approaches to eating more healthily
  • Advice on food labelling
  • Dietary guidelines
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition through the lifespan – from pregnancy, through childhood into adolescence, adulthood and older age.
  • Faddy diets
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Branch nursing
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Adult nursing
  • Child branch nursing

Notable coverage:

  • BBC WM (May 2014)
    Discussing warning labels on food packaging, an idea she endorsed
  • Daily Mail (June 2014)
    Discussing the high sugar content in fruit juices