Dr Nicky Wiles

Position:

Lecturer


Qualifications:

BSc Diet

PGDip Diet (Natal)

MSc Diet

PhD (UKZN)

Office Block:

Room B4

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus

PMB

Telephone:

 

Fax:

 

Email:

+27 (0) 33 260 5430

 

+27 (0) 33 260 6270

 

wilesn@ukzn.ac.za 

 

   

Biographical sketch

Nicky joined Dietetics & Human Nutrition in March 2009 on a full time basis as part of the Leadership and Equity Advancement Programme (LEAP). She registered for her PhD in September 2009 and completed it in 2011.

She has been working as a Registered Dietician since 2002. She has just over two years of food service experience within various sectors of the Food Service Industry. She also has two years of clinical experience working for the Department of Health at both Northdale and Grey’s Hospitals in Pietermaritzburg. Nicky was employed by UKZN between 2003 and 2006 as a contract lecturer for the Human Physiology and Nutrition courses. She was also employed on a part time basis as an Assistant Food Science Technician in 2006.

As of March 2012, Nicky is a permanent UKZN staff member and is currently lecturing Food Service Management 332 and 333 to third year Dietetic and Human Nutrition students. She also supervises Diet 410 research students, MSc (Dietetics), MSc (Human Nutrition) students as well as PhD (Dietetics) and PhD (Human Nutrition) students.

 

Academic Profile

Lecturer

 

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Member of the Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA)


Current Teaching /Courses

  • Food Service Management 332 and 333


Research Interests/Areas of specialty

  • Public Health Nutrition

 

Research Projects

  • PhD research investigated the tuck shop purchasing practices of Grade 4 learners at selected primary schools in Pietermaritzburg.
  • Masters research looked at the use and interpretation of the nutrition information on the food label of selected fat spreads by female consumers aged 25 to 45 living in Pietermaritzburg.

 

Academic Service

  • Academic Coordinator 2015 (Undergraduate)
  • Organizing of timetables and venues for Dietetics & Human Nutrition
  • First year HPCSA registration coordinator
  • UKZN liaison person for students wishing to register with international health professions councils


Publications

  • Bursey AS, Wiles NL & Biggs, C (2019). The nutrient quality and labelling of ready-to-eat snack foods with health and/or nutrition claims. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2019.1682242.

  • Janse Van Rensburg LM & Wiles, NL (2019). The opinion of KwaZulu-Natal dietitians regarding the use of a whole-foods plant-based diet in the management of non-communicable diseases. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2019.1679996.

  • Nakhooda, RE, & Wiles NL. (2018). Consumption of added sugars among undergraduate students at a South African university and its association with BMI. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2018.1553360.

  • Draper KS, Hadley GP, Pillay K, Wiles NL (2018). Relationship between nutritional status and treatment-related neutropenia in children with nephroblastoma. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 31(4): 74-77.

  • Wiles NL, Esteves RA, Van Onselen A (2017). The effectiveness of an English nutrition education game on knowledge retention in Grade 5 isiZulu-speaking learners. South African Journal of Science and Technology 36(1):8 pages.

  • Lifson LF, Hadley GP, Wiles NL, Pillay K (2016). Nutritional status of children with Wilm's tumour on admission to a South African hospital and its influence on outcome. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 64(7): e26382.

  • Wiles NL (2016). "The nutritional quality of South African ready-to-eat breakfast cereals". Oral Presentation, South African Nutrition Congress, Somerset West, South Africa.

  • Wiles NL (2016). "Assessment of egg quality and whipping volume of eggs marketed differently in Pietermaritzburg supermarkets". Poster Presentation, South African Nutrition Congress, Somerset West, South Africa. Best poster presentation by a Dietician, second place.

  • Wiles NL, Green JM, Veldman FJ (2013). Tuck-shop purchasing practices of Grade 4 learners in Pietermaritzburg and childhood overweight and obesity. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 26(1): 37-42.

  • Wiles NL, Green JM, Veldman FJ (2011). The variety, popularity and nutritional quality of tuck shop items available for sale to primary school learners in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 24(3): 129-135.

  • Wiles NL, Green JM, Veldman FJ (2011). The variety, popularity and nutritional quality of tuck shop items available for sale to primary school learners in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Wiles NL, Paterson M, Meaker JL (2009). What factors determine the use of the nutrition information on the food label when female consumers from Pietermartizburg select and purchase fat spreads? South African Journal of Clinical Nutritionr 22(2): 74-79.



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