Dr. Ruth Fairchild

Dr Ruth Fairchild

Dr Ruth Fairchild
Senior lecturer
Email: rfairchild@cardiffmet.ac.uk
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My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

I am an academic member of staff and a registered nutritionist with considerable research and lecturing experience in Nutrition (basic and applied including sports nutrition), new product development and sensory analysis.

I am an academic advisor for ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre projects that require inputs such as bespoke sensory analysis training for companies, market research and logistics/ technical aspects of product development especially products with nutritional or health claims or those designed for specific age groups.  I validate the nutritional analysis and nutrient labelling of products and am involved in sensory analysis including by specialist panel.  I am phlebotomy trained and help Glycaemic load (GL) testing of food products for companies to enable them to display credible GL figures on their products.

I am also an academic advisor for graduates that take up KITE/HELIX placements in industry, working with over 40 companies over the last 15 years. This experience literally feeds into my teaching of students providing continual professional updating.

Previous Experience

Postgraduate exchange student – taking and assisting in postgraduate and undergraduate classes in nutrition, sensory analysis, biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 1986-1987.

Lecturer (Food Science and Nutrition) Sheffield Hallam University 1991-1995

Invited scholar ESRC Business Relationships Accountability and Sustainable Society Research Centre, Cardiff University. October 2005 – August 2006. 

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

04/91 PhD Nutrition, University of Wales

06/85 BSc (Hons) Home Economics Science of Nutrition, University of Wales

06/92 PGCE Higher Education, PGCE

92/date Registered nutritionist (Nutrition Society/ association for Nutrition)

Journals and Publications


For more recent research publications, please see here 

Morgan, MZ, Broughton, D, Fairchild, RM (2016) A survey of sports drinks consumption amongst adolescents. British Dental Journal.  220, 639 – 643.

Aljawad, A,  Morgan, MZ, Rees, J, Fairchild, RM (2016) The availability of novelty sweets for high school children. British Dental Journal. 220: 575-579.

Chapman, KJ, Fairchild RM & Morgan MZ (2014) Food references in UK children's magazines – an oral health perspective British Dental Journal 217: E20. 

Conference contributions:

For conference contributions, please see here