Published on 29/11/2021
Duane holding award


  • Aston Medical School dietitian named Media Spokesperson of the Year
  • The British Dietitian Association (BDA) Virtual Awards recognise the achievements and successes of its members
  • Dr Duane Mellor has been recognised for his commitment to offering evidence-based nutritional information to the media 

Dr Duane Mellor, a senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School, has been named Media Spokesperson of the Year at the British Dietitian Association Awards.

The award is given to volunteer members who show great commitment to offering evidence-based nutritional information across TV, radio, digital and print media.

The judging panel said: "Duane has played an integral role in raising the profile of dietitians in the media and is a highly valued British Dietitian Association (BDA) spokesperson. He uses his platform to communicate scientifically accurate messages, helping people make informed decisions about their own food choices and health.

"Duane contributes not only as a spokesperson but as part of the editorial board of the public facing magazine, Healthier You. He consistently and effectively offers clear and engaging expert advice, ensuring that the dietetic voice cuts through the noise and myths surrounding nutrition."

Commenting on his award, Duane said: “It is great to be recognised as a spokesperson for our profession and the BDA. The reason I started to respond to media requests and become a spokesperson was not to seek attention or fame, it was about frustration linked to some of the nutrition messages portrayed in the media. 

“This award is not just for me - it’s for the Diabetes Specialist Interest Group and others in the BDA, Aston University and Healthier You, as media work involves teams. It is also so good to be acknowledged for communicating sound science-informed messages to the public in a kind, balanced and inclusive way.”

The achievements of its members were celebrated at the BDA Virtual Awards in November, which saw 200 people celebrating their colleagues.  

BDA Chair, Caroline Bovey said: "This is the Association event of the year in which we celebrate the phenomenal achievements of so many of our members, our specialist groups and our regional branches. Whilst we are still experiencing the effects and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that we have so much to celebrate together."

Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. 

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