Susan Lennie
First Name: Susan
Surname: Lennie
Position: Senior lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262863

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Roles and responsibilities

  • Programme leader for the Nutrition and Dietetics programme at the School of Health Sciences.
  • Senior lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Sciences.


Susan has varied subject teaching commitments within the Nutrition and Dietetics programme and also contributes to other courses within the School. Susan has a strong interest in clinical nutrition maintains her dietetic practice skills through her honorary contract and regular clinical attachment within the NHS.

She is a member of various groups, including the Clinical Skills and Simulated Practice Group. She is also involved in work with a number of external agencies, including the Dietetic Advisory Group of the NES AHP Advisory Committee and the British Dietetic Association Higher Education sub-group of the Education Committee. Susan was also appointed as a Partner (Registration Assessor and Approval Visitor) for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in 2010.

Key research interests

Ms Lennie’s research interests are in the areas of

  • Dietetic education,
  • Anthropometry; and
  • Body composition.


Susan studied BSc (Hons) Dietetics at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. She is a registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council, and was previously employed as a clinical dietitian in hospitals in the Midlands and north east England, specialising in both critical care and paediatrics, until 2002 when she joined Robert Gordon University as a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is an accredited level 3 International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) Anthropometry instructor.

Professional Affiliations

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Dietetic Association
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association’s Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group, and the Paediatric Group
  • Member of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry

Key publications 

  1. Lennie, S.C., Amofa-Diatuo, T., Nevill A., Stewart A.D., (2013) Protocol variations in arm position influence the magnitude of waist girth.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(12), pp. 1353-1358.
  2. Power BT & Lennie SC (2012) Pre-registration dietetic student attitudes to learning communication skills. J Hum Nutr Diet. 25, 189-197.
  3. McEneaney DF & Lennie SC (2011) Video instructions improve accuracy of self-measures of waist circumference compared with written instructions. Public Health Nutrition, 14, 1192-1199.
  4. Lennie SC & Juwah C (2010) Exploring assessment for learning during dietetic practice placements. J Hum Nutr Diet 23, 217-223.
  5. Brennan KM & Lennie SC (2010) Students’ experiences and perceptions of the use of portfolios in UK pre-registration dietetic placements: a questionnaire-based study. J Hum Nutr Diet 23, 133-143.
  6. Sturrock JBE & Lennie SC (2009) Compulsory continuing professional development: a questionnaire-based survey of the UK Dietetic Profession. J Hum Nutr Diet. 22, 12-20.