Nutrition research has formed a significant part of the University’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission in Biomedical Sciences since 1989. The Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE) has been ranked 1st in the UK in the RAE of 1996 and 2001, and in the last RAE in 2008 NICHE was ranked 1st in research power.
Human nutrition research at the University of Ulster is conducted in NICHE, a centre of excellence officially set up with EU structural funds in 1996 to provide greater understanding of diet-related health issues.
NICHE has 27 academic, 4 technical and 15 research staff, as well as over 20 postgraduate research students.
The aim of NICHE is:
- To understand diet related health issues by performing fundamental research in nutrition & investigate the relationship between diet & chronic disease.