Peter Butterworth, Lecturer

Peter Butterworth


Peter joined Leeds Beckett University as a Lecturer in October 2019 following an 11-year career as a Clinical Dietitian within the NHS. He currently teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the Nutrition and Dietetic programme.

Prior to working within healthcare, he was employed in the health and fitness industry for over 10-years, where he had a multitude of roles including Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. However, he has always been interested in the relationship between nutrition and health and chose to do a BSc Dietetics degree in 2004. Once qualified, Peter became employed at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, where he worked in a number of roles including acute and community medical care providing mainly nutritional support interventions in patients with a high degree of risk towards malnutrition. He eventually specialised in diabetes care by providing diet and lifestyle education and support to service-users on drug therapy to help achieve clinically safe and effective glycaemic control. Latterly, Peter worked for over 6-years within the Bradford Paediatric Diabetes Care Service, providing nutritional expertise to children and young people on insulin therapy.

Since working at Leeds Beckett University, Peter has been able to provide students with the benefit of his knowledge and experience, particularly in Adult and Paediatric Diabetes and is currently module tutor for the Level 6 Paediatrics in Practice Module, which provides students with the opportunity to be taught by dietetic practitioners within the NHS. He has also recently embarked on a Master’s by Research project that has examined his professional journey from entry-level dietitian to advanced specialist and then into Higher Education.


Current Teaching

MSc Dietetics:

  • Applied Nutrition Support

BSc Dietetics:

  • Nutritional Strategies
  • Personal Development and Communication
  • Paediatrics in Practice

Research Interests

Peter is not currently involved any research activity, but he is interested in many areas of nutrition, particularly diabetes, weight management and performance-related nutrition.

Peter Butterworth, Lecturer