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I am a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the Department of Applied and Human Sciences, having worked at Kingston University for the past 12 years. I am a passionate teacher, committed to improving the student experience, and an active researcher in the areas of biomechanics and sports injury. Prior to joining Kingston, I worked for Qinetiq as a biomechanist in military research, having gained a PhD in Biomechanics from The Royal Veterinary College studying the effects of growth on mechanics of locomotion in an athletic and fast-growing species, the ostrich. My interest in biomechanics started during my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering (Brunel University) and was further enhanced through a sponsored MSc in Biomedical Engineering (University of Surrey) and clinical training with the NHS, which led me to focus on biological application of scientific and engineering theory. I now employ those skills on a daily basis in my teaching and research and aim to inspire others to try to understand how the human body moves.
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Senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Course Director: Sport Science with Business (BSc)
Module Leader: LS6020 Biomechanics of Sport Performance and Injury and LS4009 Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
Pedagogic Research Presentations
Swann, N. Inclusivity in pre-assessment support. Open University eSTEeM Centre for STEM Pedagogy, Invited Seminar 2020, http://www.open.ac.uk/about/teaching-and-learning/esteem/events/esteem-seminar-series-inclusivity-pre-assessment-academic-support
Swann, N., Moir, H., Owusu-Sekyere, F., Boddie, T., Barber, D. Pre-assessment support: Is it one size fits all? AdvanceHE Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2020.
Swann, N., Moir, H., Owusu-Sekyere, F., Boddie, T., Barber, D. Pre-Assessment Support: Student Uptake and Preferences. Kingston University Festival of Learning 2020
See 'Research' for Case Study: Inclusivity in Pre-Assessment Support
Women in Science and Engineering - 'My Skills My Life' Role Model
I am a member of the Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group (SENPHRG), working under the 'Physical Activity, Health and Well Being' theme. My subject-specific research areas include gait mechanics, fatigue and sports injury.
Previous Research Students
Flaminia Ronca – PhD - Sport Biomechanics (Training and Rehabilitation) – Completion 2018
James Brouner – PhD - Biomechanics (Localised Muscular Fatigue) – Completion 2019
Anna Kosciuk – MSc by Research - Biomechanics (Injury) – Completion 2019
Luke Morton-Holtham – MSc by Research – Exercise for Health (Sarcoidosis) – Completion 2018
Internal and External Research Examiner
Invited reviewer for various journals including:
The Journal of the Royal Society 'Interface'
Journal of Zoology
Veterinary Research Communications
Journal of Morphology
Grant Reviewer for Royal Academy of Engineering 'Ingenious' grants
Swann, Nicola, Moir, Hannah [Collaborator], Owusu-Sekyere, Frank [Collaborator], Boddie, Tia [Collaborator] and Barber, Diana [Collaborator] (2020) Inclusivity in Pre-Assessment Support. Internal Kingston University Report, unpublished.
Howe, Christopher C. F., Swann, Nicola, Spendiff, Owen, Kosciuk, Anna, Pummell, Elizabeth K. L. and Moir, Hannah J. (2021) Performance determinants, running energetics and spatiotemporal gait parameters during a treadmill ultramarathon. European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN (print) 1439-6319 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Ronca, Flaminia, Spendiff, Owen and Swann, Nicola (2020) An electromyographic analysis of combining weights and elastic tubes as a method of resistance for exercise. Translational Sports Medicine, 3(2), pp. 164-170. ISSN (online) 2573-8488
Channon, Sarah B., Young, Iain S., Cordner, Beckie and Swann, Nicola (2019) Ontogenetic scaling of pelvic limb muscles, tendons and locomotor economy in the ostrich ('Struthio camelus'). Journal of Experimental Biology, 222(17), p. 182741. ISSN (print) 0022-0949
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, Nicola C and Wilson, Alan M (2013) Mechanical and energetic scaling relationships of running gait through ontogeny in the ostrich ('Struthio camelus'). The Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB)(216), pp. 841-849. ISSN (print) 0022-0949
Smith, NC, Jespers, KJ and Wilson, AM (2010) Ontogenetic scaling of locomotor kinetics and kinematics of the ostrich (Struthio camelus). Journal of Experimental Biology, 213(8), pp. 1347-1355. ISSN (print) 0022-0949
Smith, N.C., Payne, R.C., Jespers, K.J. and Wilson, A.M. (2007) Muscle moment arms of pelvic limb muscles of the ostrich ('Struthio Ccamelus'). Journal of Anatomy, 211(3), pp. 313-324. ISSN (print) 0021-8782
Jindrich, Devin, Smith, Nicola C., Jespers, Karin and Wilson, Alan M. (2007) Mechanics of cutting manoeuvres by ostriches ('Struthio camelus'). Journal of Experimental Biology, 210(8), pp. 1378-1390. ISSN (print) 0022-0949
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
Micallef, Ricarda, Ooms, Ann, Pummell, Elizabeth, Swann, Nicola and Moir, Hannah (2021) How does Covid-19 affect pharmacy students’ perceptions of on-campus learning? In: Life Long Learning in Pharmacy 2021 : The Journey of Learning; 27-30 Jun 2021, Dublin, Ireland (Held online). (In Press)
Swann, Nicola, Kosciuk, Anna and Moir, Hannah (2020) Too little too late? Runners seeking footwear and gait advice are already injured. In: European College of Sport Science (ECSS) 25th Anniversary Congress; 28th-30th October 2020, Online. (Unpublished)
Swann, Nicola, Moir, Hannah, Owusu-Sekyere, Frank and Boddie, Tia (2020) Pre-assessment support – Is it one size fits all? In: AdvanceHE Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2020; 28th October 2020, Online. (Unpublished)
Kosciuk, Anna, Moir, Hannah and Swann, Nicola (2020) Do more flexible feet explain differences in injury risks and patterns between female and male middle-distance runners? In: Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network Virtual Conference 2020; 7th-8th September 2020, Online. (Unpublished)
Vatolik, Ivan, Swann, Nicola, Hunter, Gordon, Everington, Michael and Augousti, Andreas (2020) Correlating information from acoustic and biomechanical signals to detect and monitor injuries to human knee joints. In: UK Acoustics Network Bio-Medical Acoustics Special Interest Group Workshop; 26 Jun 2020, Online. (Unpublished)
Swann, Nicola, Moir, Hannah, Owusu-Sekyere, Frank, Boddie, Tia and Barber, Diana (2020) Pre-assessment support : student uptake and preferences. In: Kingston University Festival of Learning 2020 : Supporting Students and Staff in Challenging Times; 23 Jun 2020, Kingston upon Thames, U.K. (Held online). (Unpublished)
Kosciuk, Anna, Moir, Hannah and Swann, Nicola (2019) Investigation of running-related injury prevalence and trends in short, middle and long-distance recreational runners. In: BASES Conference 2019; 19th-20th November 2019, Leicester. (Unpublished)
Kosciuk, Anna and Swann, Nicola (2019) Increased injury risk in short, middle and long distance female runners. In: Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network Conference 2019; 11th-12th June 2019, St Mary's University, Twickenham. (Unpublished)
Morton-Holtham, Luke, Moir, Hannah and Swann, Nicola (2018) The relationship between a direct measure of physical activity against self-reported physical activity, muscle strength, quality of life and exercise capacity in pulmonary sarcoidosis. In: British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting 2018; 5th-7th December 2018, London.
Ronca, Flaminia, Spendiff, Owen and Swann, Nicola (2017) Elastic tubes and dumbbells elicit complementary activation patterns that are enhanced at higher action velocities. In: 8th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology; 15th-19th October 2017, Tel Aviv. (Unpublished)
González-Fierro, Miguel, Balaguer, Carlos, Swann, Nicola and Nanayakkara, Thrishantha (2013) A humanoid robot standing up through learning from demonstration using a multimodal reward function. In: 2013 13th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids); 15-17 Oct 2013, Atlanta, U.S..
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) member and 'My Skills My Life' Role Model
Collaborative Research Project with Profeet Ltd