If you think about the main risk factors for
disease across the world, the most important ones tend to be related to diet and physical
activity; it is quite clearly the case that nutrition plays a key role in impacting upon
health outcomes both in the short and the long run. We run a variety of different forms of teaching:
your lectures, your workshops and small-group tutorials. And also, a large range of practical
across all the modules as well. Our degrees are accredited externally by the
association for nutrition, which is our national professional body. And, it means two things
for our students really: The first thing it means is that they can be confident when they
come here that their degrees are externally validated and it’s like a kite mark of quality. And the second thing is that when they graduate
they do not have to do the work of showing they have got the skills and competencies
that a nutritionist needs because we have done that for them. So this degree is quite flexible, so if you
prefer sports obviously you can have 3 modules of Sports Science. If you prefer nutrition,
you can have 3 modules of Nutrition, out of 4. And if you are still not sure, you can pick
one of each and have 2 modules of Sports or two modules of Nutrition. So it gives you
that flexibility. Activities we offer are varied. They range
from inviting guest speakers to cover particular topics of interest to graduates in nutrition.
We also run ‘Cook School’ . We also invite students to facilitate activities as part
of the university ‘Health Week’. Some of the activities are external to the
University so we work closely with timetabling to ensure that there’s space in the student’s timetable for them to attend national events of interest to their career, such as ‘Food
Matters Life’ and ‘Fresh Careers’ fayre. It’s a Science Degree, so of course, the science
facilities are really important. And, we have all the kind of ‘hard-science’ labs here.
But we also have the bespoke Sport Science suite – with lots of different equipment for
measuring body composition. We also have a bespoke nutrition kitchen where
our students can use a whole load of different tools. The facilities are really great in Kingston.
We have Labs for pretty much everything. We get to use BodPods as well to learn about body composition; so that is also another interesting thing that I haven’t really seen
before. I like the fact that the Nutrition module
itself is small, and the other 3 modules that I am currently studying at the moment in my
second year they are quite big so I get to interact with other Science pathways. Also,
it gives me an opportunity to go into Research, which I think is quite interesting. What I like most about the Uni is definitely
the support we get. Because there’s support for literally anything. Your lecturers are
always there for you, to support you. I chose to study at Kingston because I wanted
to live in London but I didn’t want to have the side where it would be too busy for me.
Especially in Kingston you got the River Thames on the side and you got nice places to walk
– so that was one of the main reasons why I chose Kingston. I originally was doing Biology, and I decided
that I wanted to talk to the lecturers beforehand to gain an insight on the course, and they
were really helpful, so that’s what made me want to join When I look at the point of graduation, and
you look at students; what they were and what they are at that point in time. So, you started off with students, and what you end up with are colleagues. Because the skills are so varied and applicable
to so many different career pathways, it’s really nice that you don’t have to be pigeonholed.
So you can take a Nutrition qualification and you can literally go anywhere with it.