• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr Mary McCann graduated from Ulster University with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition, a Masters of Research and PhD in Nutrition. Mary currently holds the position of Faculty Partnership Manager in Life and Health Sciences and Lecturer in Human Nutrition within NICHE at Ulster University.

Mary is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and has held the role of Course Director on the BSc Hons Food and Nutrition programme for >6 years alongside teaching across the suite of MSc and BSc Nutrition and Dietetics programmes at Ulster. Her teaching specialisms include the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional controversies, health promotion and nutrition through the lifecycle and clinical biochemistry.

Mary is a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) and her high impact research at NICHE is in the area of maternal nutrition with a focus on maternal overweight and obesity, nutrient requirements in pregnancy, specifically iron and vitamin D requirements.  Her research also examines gestational weight gain and body composition during pregnancy, the impact of food portion size on food and energy intake and the influence of nutrition labelling on food intake and behaviour.

Mary is a member of The Nutrition Society and has held the positions of Treasurer and Ordinary member, Irish Section. Mary is an Editorial Board Member of Proceeding of the Nutrition Society (Impact Factor 6.391), and is External Examiner at a number of UK and International Higher Education Institutions.

Current and Recent Grants

Obesity and Anaemia – the double burden of malnutrition in pregnancy

McCann M.

Solvotrin Therapeutics £96,000.00

01/02/2023 – 30/09/2025

Award date: 01/02/2023


Portion control tools - do they work in practice

Kerr M. McCann M. Pourshahidi, K.  Logue C. & Livingstone B.

Safefood: £74,473.00


Award: EU › Award


Consumables in support of PhD researcher

McCann M, Strain S. Livingstone B. Mulhern M. 

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia: £45,000.00


Award: Other › Award


Indian Takeaway and Wrap: Nutrition takeout series

Price R. Pourshahidi K. Livingstone B. Kerr M. Mc Crorie T. & McCann M.

Safefood: £108,488.00

1/07/13 → 31/08/14

Award date: 24/05/13

Award: EU › Award


Consumer understanding of food portion sizes

Wallace J, Livingstone B, McCrorie T, McCann M, Gallagher A

Safefood: £419, 886.00

1/10/10 – 30/09/13

Award date 07/09/10

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 17 Dec 2008

Master, Masters in Research

Award Date: 17 Dec 2005

Bachelor, Human Nutrition with Diploma in Industrial Studies

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

External positions

Editorial Board Member - Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, The Nutrition Society

1 May 2021 → …

Treasurer - Irish Section., The Nutrition Society


External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University


External Examiner, University of Hong Kong



  • QM Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Metabolism
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Maternal obesity
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Women's Health
  • Health Policy


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