Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Mr Nigel Mitchell

  • Role Title: Visiting Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5163
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  • Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I have a clinical and sport career spanning almost 20 years. I am currently the head of nutrition British Cycling/TeamSky. At the 2008 Beijing Olympiad the Olympic British Cycling team became the most successful British Olympic team of all time. My role involves leading and providing specialist nutritional service to British Cycling. Additionally I have had previous responsibility for the development and quality assurance of performance nutrition services to sports in the north of England, this has included helping to establish performance nutrition services to the Royal Yacht Association and British Swimming.

I qualified as a registered dietician in 1991 and since then I have worked in a variety of clinical roles and developing sport expertise. Since 1999 I have worked full time in sports nutrition however I recognise the importance of clinical practice and still provide a dietetic service to a local GP. I have a special interest in elite athletes with post viral syndrome, critical weight management and supporting athletes to manage training stress.

I recognise and value the contribution that innovation and research provides to sports nutrition and I am currently involved in partnerships with Universities on academic projects this has included projects with Portsmouth University which were directly applied as part of support for athletes at the Beijing Games. I have worked with a wide variety of sports/athletes including winter Olympic athletes. I lead the British Cycling nutrition innovation and research strategy. I believe an athlete’s nutritional needs should be provided through their diet and specialise in performance-focused diets to help athletes train and compete better.

Teaching Responsibilities

Whilst having a varied research background in both health and sport, I haves a particular interest in applied research projects that impact on performance of elite athletes. I am currently working on various projects that involve gaining a greater understanding of fluid dynamics in elite cyclists and current dietary practices of elite athletes.


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