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Dr Nicola Swann

Senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics


I completed my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University before directing my focus towards biological applications of mechanical theory through a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. I was selected for sponsorship through my MSc by the NHS and completed Clinical Engineering training alongside my studies, achieving a post-graduate diploma with merit. After working for the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, I 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 my PhD, I worked for Qinetiq, undertaking military research for two years, while also lecturing part-time at McTimoney College of Chiropractic, before joining Kingston University to further pursue my interests in both teaching and clinical and sport biomechanics research.

Areas of specialism

  • Biomechanics
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Sports Injury
  • Gait Analysis
  • Comparative Anatomy and Mechanics
  • Ontogenetic Scaling

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  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BEng
  • PGDip

Professional membership


Research student supervision


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Brouner, James, Ramdharry, Gita and Swann, Nicola (2014) An isokinetic method for inducing a localised fatigue effect in the plantarflexors and dorsiflexors of the ankle. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 24(6), pp. 841-847. ISSN (print) 1050-6411

Gonzalez-Fierro, Miguel, Balaguer, Carlos, Swann, Nicola and Nanayakkara, Thrishantha (2014) Full-Body Postural Control of a Humanoid Robot with Both Imitation Learning and Skill Innovation. International Journal Of Humanoid Robotics, 11(2), p. 1450012. ISSN (print) 0219-8436

Smith, N. C., Wilson, A. M., Jespers, K. J. and Payne, R. C. (2006) Muscle architecture and functional anatomy of the pelvic limb of the ostrich ('Struthio camelus'). Journal Of Anatomy, 209(6), pp. 765-779. ISSN (print) 0021-8782

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