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Dr Nicola Swann (nee Smith)

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Biomechanics


Nicola completed her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University before directing her focus towards biological applications of mechanical theory through a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering. Nicola was selected for sponsorship through her MSc by the NHS and completed Clinical Engineering training alongside her studies, achieving a post-graduate diploma with merit. After working for the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Nicola went on to undertake a PhD in Biomechanics at The Royal Veterinary College, studying the effects of growth on mechanics of locomotion in an athletic and fast-growing species, the ostrich. After her PhD, Nicola worked for Qinetiq, undetaking military research for two years, while also lecturing part-time at McTimoney College of Chiropractic, before joining Kingston University to further pursue her interests in both teaching and clinical and sport biomechanics research.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2011 - 2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • 2007 - 2010 PhD Biomechanics
  • 2002 - 2003 MSc Biomedical Engineering
  • 2000 - 2003 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

My current research interests include optimisation of biomechanical clinical assessment techniques, compensatory movement strategies with injury or neuromuscular impairment, sports injury and prevention and assessment of technique during sports performance.

Teaching Area

Module Leader of LS5015 Analysis in Sport and Exercise and LS6020 Biomechanics of Sport Performance and Injury. Lecturer on LS4009 Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology

Other Professional Activity

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Invited reviewer of manuscripts for:
The Journal of the Royal Society 'Interface'
The Journal of Zoology
Veterinary Research Communications.




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