Dr Karen Reid


​Job Title: ​Lecturer in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition

Telephone No: 029 2041 7219​

Email Address: kareid@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Room Number: D1.13

​Karen is a lecturer in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition at Cardiff Metropolitan School of Sport and Health Sciences. She has worked as an Associate Tutor for Cardiff Met since 2013 and joined as a Lecturer in January 2022. Karen's background includes working extensively as a registered dietitian within healthcare and industry and as a Sport and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr) at an elite level in sport. She served on the British Olympic Association (BOA) Sports Nutrition Advisory Group and was involved in the development of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) and served as a Board member and Assessor for the register.

Her experience within elite sport includes working with the English Hockey Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, Crystal Palace, and Wimbledon F.C., London Broncos RLFC, UK Athletics and as a tutor for the American College of Sports Medicine. She went on to work for the Welsh Rugby Union National Team and provide nutritional support to Elite Cymru athletes including Welsh swimmers preparing for the Commonwealth Games. Karen also worked as the lead performance nutritionist to the English Institute of Sport (EIS) London Region providing nutritional support to women's rugby, athletics, and canoeing.

After leaving the EIS she led the development and delivery of the nutrition component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) for Athletics in London and mentored a team of 7 graduate and practitioner Sport and Exercise Nutritionists (SENr) providing nutritional support to athletes on the programme.

Karen was awarded her Doctorate in July 2010 entitled: "The promotion of optimal hydration in athletes and sportspeople" at Roehampton University.


I teach on a range of nutrition modules delivered across the school to both Nutrition and Health and Sport and Exercise Science students including the Level 5 Macro and Micronutrients (SSP5131M, HEN5003), Population and Lifecycle Nutrition (DAN5201) and the Applied Nutrition project for Experiential Learning (STF6028). I am the module leader for the Level 6 Nutrition in Sport and Exercise (FAN6209M) module. Additionally, I supervise both under and postgraduate dissertation projects with a focus on sports nutrition and the role of protein in older adults and ageing. I am also a personal tutor for the Food Science and Nutrition programme.

Qualifications and Awards


  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition, University of London.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics leading to state registration.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.
  • Ph.D. July 2010. The Promotion of Optimal Hydration in Athletes and Sportspeople. University of Roehampton.
  • Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Academic Practice.
  • Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council registration (HCPC) DT03387.
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr), Practitioner registrant.
  • Association for Nutrition (AfN) Registered Nutritionist 28027.


  • Karen received the Dairy Council Professional Award, April 2015 for her case study describing a dietary strategy to increase muscle mass and improve recovery in an elite sprint kayaker.

Research Interests and Publications

Research Interests

My research interests primarily have a focus on applied sports nutrition interventions and the role of protein in healthy ageing.


Reid, K. et al. Educational strategies used in increasing fluid intake and enhancing hydration status in field hockey players preparing for competition in a hot and humid environment: A case study. International Journal Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Volume 11. Number 3. September 2001. pp 334-348.

Reid, K (2013) Performance Food: Promoting foods with a functional benefit in sports performance. Nutrition Bulletin, 38, 429-437.

Reid, K (2015) Case Study: The Role of Milk in a Dietary Strategy to Increase Muscle Mass and Improve Recovery in an Elite Sprint Kayaker. International Journal Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 26, 179-184.

Chapter on Nutrition for Rugby in Fitness for Winning Rugby: Chic Carvell and Rex Hazeldine. 2016. Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.

Reid, K (2016) Role of Breakfast for the Elite Athlete. Dairy and Sport Matters. Issue 5. March 2016.

Reid, K (April 2017) Dietetics Today. AASE Nutrition Education Program: Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance.

Reid, K (May 2018) Dietetics Today. Maximising the protein opportunity with athletes.

Reid, K, Kramer, N. (November 2020) CN Magazine. Role of protein for ageing and recovery from illness.

Reid K, Reeves S (2021) Optimising protein intake in older people to maintain their musculoskeletal health. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11786.​

External Links

Professional Bodies

  • British Dietetic Association, full member 1741
  • Member of the BDA Sports Nutrition Specialist Group

External Collaborators

  • FrieslandCampina Institute, The Netherlands
  • Nutrition support for the development of food rations for the Antarctic Fire Angels planned expedition to the South Pole November 2023