Desley White

Academic profile

Dr Desley White

Lecturer in Dietetics
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Desley's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality Education

About Desley

Lecturer in Dietetics. 

Programme Lead MSc Human Nutrition. Year 1 Dietetics Lead. Module Lead for the Dietetics Year 3 honours Project Studies II research module, Year 2 Dietetics and Pharmacology, and Year 1 Nutritional Epidemiology. Also contributing to bioscience, and quantitative methods topics throughout the programme. Other teaching includes on the Human Nutrition MSc, and general nutrition lectures to other health professions students. 


My specialist teaching area is research, and I enjoy exploring and sharing the creative process of research with others. I am particularly interested in the development of teaching methods for supporting students with statistical analysis, and the use of Excel and SPSS software. 

Teaching interests include quantitative research methods, and basic epidemiological statistics such as frequency measures, and the concepts of odds and risk. These are relevant to the understanding of the dietetics literature, and the reporting of key nutritional research such as the Mediterranean diet studies, and the long-running American National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Understanding the statistics behind large, and small, scale studies informs the student's understanding of the evidence behind their practice, and thus is key to becoming and remaining evidence-based practitioners of their profession. I also teach Evidence Based Practice to Year 1 students, including critical analysis skills for reading published research.

Additional roles include the delivery of profession-specific "Dietetics in a Nutshell" lectures. These are one-off sessions aimed at Year 1 students of Health Professions such as Midwifery and Dentistry, which are designed to cover areas of dietetics key to their work, and equip them with the pathways needed to access up-to-date and accurate dietetic information throughout their careers. 


Contact Desley

InterCity Place, Plymouth Railway Station, North Road East,, Plymouth, PL4 6AB
+44 1752 587592