Lecturer in Nutrition


Heather Donald is a Lecturer in Nutrition within the DNBS Division at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Heather also has affiliations to several other organisations;


Heather graduated from QMU with a BSc in Dietetics in 1999.  Her first Dietetic role was working at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, before taking a Nutritionist post in the community to work with the Governments Sure Start initiatives.  In 2003 she moved to a new post in Birmingham where she undertook an MSc Paediatrics at the University of Birmingham while continuing her work as a Nutritionist with the Sure Start Initiatives in Birmingham and a Dietetic clinical role with the Paediatric Learning  Disabilities Services.  

She moved to Dundee in 2005 where she work as a Paediatric Dietitian in the specialist areas of Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Renal and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. In 2008 she worked full-time with the Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes team and was part of a team involved with a multicentre trial funded by Diabetes UK, advising on nutrition while using Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (insulin pump). 

In 2009 Heather was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at RGU splitting her time between lecturing and working as a Community Dietitian with NHS Grampian. In her post with NHS Grampian she was involved in childhood obesity management, infant and maternal nutrition and general dietetic clinics.  In 2016 Heather became a full-time lecturer at RGU.  During this time, she was also a visiting lecturer for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at University of Malta from 2017- 2020 lecturing on Paediatrics.  In 2009 Heather became an Accreditation Assessor for the BDA, a role she currently retains. 

Heather took up a lecturing post for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition course at QMU in January 2022.

Research Interests

Research Overview

  • Portion sizes  
  • Maternal and infant Nutrition 
  • Public Health with a focus of the role of nutrition in prevention of noncommunicable disease. 

Research Methods

Nutritional Epidemiology study designs  

Teaching and Learning

Subject areas

Epidemiology, Public Health, Paediatrics and undergraduate Honors Project Supervison 



BSc (Hons) Nutrition 

Master of Dietetics; MSc/PgDip Dietetics