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



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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).


Generic health literacy measurement instruments for children and adolescents: a systematic review of the literatureOkan, O., Lopes, E., Bollweg, T. M., Bröder, J., Messer, M., Bruland, D., Bond, E., Carvalho, G. S., Sørensen, K., Saboga-Nunes, L., Levin-Zamir, D., Sahrai, D., Bittlingmayer, U. H., Pelikan, J. M., Thomas, M., Bauer, U. & Pinheiro, P. 2018 In : BMC Public Health.166, 18
Evaluating school-based sexual health education programme in Nepal: An outcome from a randomised controlled trialAcharya, D. R., Thomas, M. & Cann, R. 2017 In : International Journal of Educational Research.82, p. 147-158
Validation of a questionnaire to measure sexual health knowledge and understanding (Sexual Health Questionnaire) in Nepalese secondary school: A psychometric processAcharya, D. R., Thomas, M. & Cann, R. 2016 In : Journal of Education and Health Promotion.5, p. 1-1010 p.
Gendered Horizons: Boys’ and girls’ perceptions of job and career choicesHutchinson, J., Moore, N., Davies, A. J., Thomas, M. & Marriot, J. 2013 Chwarae Teg. 64 p.
The Challenges and Benefits Presented by Partnerships within Rural Education in WalesCann, R. O., Thomas, M. & Jephcote, M. 2011 In : Welsh Journal of Education.15, 1, p. 80-9011 p.
Teaching/learning methods and students’ classification of food itemsThomas, M. & Hamilton-Ekeke, J-T. 2011 In : Health Education.111, 1, p. 66-85
Relationship Between Methods Of Teaching/Learning And Students' Conceptual Understanding Of Balanced DietHamilton-Ekeke, J. . T. & Thomas, M. 2010
Evaluation of a Wellness Centre in a Rural Secondary School in Ontario, CanadaVarpalotai, A. & Thomas, M. 2010
Role of Partnerships in the Development and Sustainability of Community Health Education Programs in Rural TanzaniaThomas, M., Varpalotai, A. & Preyra, C. 2010
Empowering Learners Through Food and NutritionThomas, M. & Gilleland, J. 2010
Obesity and the Knowledge of Balanced DietHamilton-Ekeke, J. . T. & Thomas, M. 2010
Partnership Working in Rural Education in Wales: A Case Study Approach into the Experiences and Perceptions of Key StakeholdersThomas, M. 2010
Partnerships in Rural Education: Identification of Research ThemesThomas, 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 In : Welsh Journal of Education.14, 2, p. 144-1496 p.
Health promotion and education policy and practice in urban schools in Liaoning province, ChinaThomas, M. & Weng, W. 2008 In : Promotion & education.15, 4, p. 44-496 p.
Evaluation of a pilot study on students' conceptual understanding and practical skills acquisition of dietary knowledgeHamilton-Ekeke, J-T. & Thomas, M. 2008 In : International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.46, 4, p. 142-1509 p.
Health promotion practices in Chinese urban schoolsThomas, M. & Weng, W. 2005 In : Global Health Promotion.12, 3-4, p. 1441 p.
The impact of group teaching on the acquisition of key skills to teach personal, social and health educationThomas, M. & Jones, S. 2005 In : Health Education.105, 3, p. 164-18521 p.