Prof Malcolm Thomas Gradd Anrhydedd 2.1 mewn Bioleg Cymhwysol (Technoleg), astudiaeth PhD â’r teitl 'Breakdown products of Vitamin C and their metabolism'

Prof Malcolm Thomas



Contact Details

Please note: The Welsh version of this profile contains additional or more detailed information.



I oversee the whole School teaching provision. Main specialist areas include teaching PGCE Secondary Science/Biology, and Health and Education at undergraduate level.

Outside Work

Where time permits I am a keen woodcarver specialising in traditional spoon carving and Welsh lovespoons that has been passed down through the family. My grandfather carved the commemorative lovespoon for Prince of Wales during his investiture in 1969 as well as lovespoon tokens to all sides that the 1974 British Lions played against in South Africa. I have continued the family tradition, and my work is now exhibited in the British Craftsmanship in Wood (ed. Betty Norbury), p. 156. Stobart Davies Ltd) book published in 1990.



My research interests are mainly in health education and nutritional education. Since the mid 90s I have focused primarily on health promoting schools and have conducted several studies in Wales and England and this work has been extended to China and Canada and more recently Nepal. Current research is being undertaken with my colleague Aniko Varpalotai to evaluate the benefits of a Wellness Centre in a rural secondary school in Ontario. The nature of the research has now shifted from health promoting schools in the 90s to healthy achieving schools where there is greater emphasis on the holistic approach of the school as well as the community. It is in this context that current research is being undertaken to identify the needs, practices and challenges facing schools in rural communities.

Other Research Contributions: * Lead a multi-institutional research Welsh Education Research Network (WERN) group into Partnerships in the Rural Community. * Currently a steering group member of the Ceredigion County Council Healthy Families Way of Life Big Lottery project Iachus Gyda'n Gilydd (Healthy Together). * Organised a 'Partnerships' Seminar. Rural Education WERN Bursary Group. 11 June 2008, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. * Contributed as an Expert in the Panels Reviewing the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff Institute of Society, Health & Ethics, Cardiff University. Conwy. November 2007 * Contributed to Ceredigion Local Health Board's Food and Nutrition Strategy Action Plan as a local response to the Welsh Assembly Government & Food Standards Agency 'Food and Well Being Strategy' and the Ceredigion Health Social Care and Well Being Strategy (July 2005 - March 2008).



Acharya, D.R., Thomas, M., Cann, R. 2017. Evaluating school-based sexual health education programme in Nepal: An outcome from a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Educational Research 82 pp. 147-158. 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.02.005 Cadair


Acharya, D.R., Thomas, M., Cann, R. 2016. Validation of a questionnaire to measure sexual health knowledge and understanding (Sexual Health Questionnaire) in Nepalese secondary school: A psychometric process. Journal of Education and Health Promotion 5 pp. 1-10. 10.4103/2277-9531.184560 Cadair


Hutchinson, J., Moore, N., Davies, A.J., Thomas, M., Marriot, J. 2013. Gendered Horizons: Boys’ and girls’ perceptions of job and career choices. Chwarae Teg Other Cadair


Cann, R.O., Thomas, M., Jephcote, M. 2011. The Challenges and Benefits Presented by Partnerships within Rural Education in Wales. Wales Journal of Education Welsh Journal of Education 15 (1) pp. 80-90. Other Cadair

Thomas, M., Hamilton-Ekeke, J. 2011. Teaching/learning methods and students’ classification of food items. Health Education 111 (1) pp. 66-85. 10.1108/09654281111094982 Cadair


Hamilton-Ekeke, J.-.T., Thomas, M. 2010. Relationship Between Methods Of Teaching/Learning And Students' Conceptual Understanding Of Balanced Diet. 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion. Cadair

Varpalotai, A., Thomas, M. 2010. Evaluation of a Wellness Centre in a Rural Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. Evaluation of a Wellness Centre in a Rural Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. Cadair

Thomas, M., Varpalotai, A., Preyra, C. 2010. Role of Partnerships in the Development and Sustainability of Community Health Education Programs in Rural Tanzania. 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva. Cadair

Thomas, M., Gilleland, J. 2010. Empowering Learners Through Food and Nutrition. World Conference of the International Union of Health Promotion & Education. Cadair

Hamilton-Ekeke, J.-.T., Thomas, M. 2010. Obesity and the Knowledge of Balanced Diet. Obesity and the Knowledge of Balanced Diet. Cadair

Thomas, M. 2010. Partnership Working in Rural Education in Wales: A Case Study Approach into the Experiences and Perceptions of Key Stakeholders. Partnership Working in Rural Education in Wales: A Case Study Approach into the Experiences and Perceptions of Key Stakeholders. Cadair


Thomas, M., Brake, P., Cann, R., Evans, A.L.W., Hagen, G., Morgan, D.W., Neil, P., Pester, S., Woods, M., Jephcote, M., Taylor, C. 2009. Partnerships in Rural Education: Identification of Research Themes. Wales Journal of Education Welsh Journal of Education 14 (2) pp. 144-149. Cadair


Thomas, M., Weng, W. 2008. Health promotion and education policy and practice in urban schools in Liaoning province, China. Promotion & education 15 (4) pp. 44-49. 10.1177/1025382308099335 Cadair

Hamilton-Ekeke, J., Thomas, M. 2008. Evaluation of a pilot study on students' conceptual understanding and practical skills acquisition of dietary knowledge. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 46 (4) pp. 142-150. 10.1080/14635240.2008.10708148 Cadair


Thomas, M., Weng, W. 2005. Health promotion practices in Chinese urban schools. Global Health Promotion 12 (3-4) pp. 144. 10.1177/10253823050120030111 Cadair

Thomas, M., Jones, S. 2005. The impact of group teaching on the acquisition of key skills to teach personal, social and health education. Health Education 105 (3) pp. 164-185. 10.1108/09654280510595245 Cadair