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Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, having joined the University in October 2009. Emma currently maintains her clinical practice alongside lecturing as physiotherapist for the England Touch Association, supporting the squad both Nationally and Internationally and works privately as an MSK physiotherapist.

Emma joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008, and worked for 2 years in a lecturer-practitioner role, teaching on both the MSc and BSc Physiotherapy programmes. This role included combined working both at the University and in clinical practice in the Greater Manchester region. After this Emma made the decision to continue educating students on a full time basis, joining the University of Huddersfield in October 2009.

Following a career in both the NHS and private sector. Emma has always had a keen interest in biological science, originally studying at Leeds Metropolitan University where she completed her first degree in Human Biology. Following this Emma worked as a Medical Representative for a large pharmaceutical organisation in the Leeds and Wakefield areas, working closely with GP’s and Consultants in the area of cardiovascular medicine.

Emma then trained as a Physiotherapist on the accelerated Master’s programme at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough receiving an MSc in Rehabilitation Science (with a licence to practice Physiotherapy). Upon qualification as a Physiotherapist Emma worked as a junior physiotherapist in the Pennine Acute NHS trust, Greater Manchester on a rotational basis. Emma was promoted within the same trust to the level of senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist where she established a specialised interest in chronic pain, orthopaedics, hand therapy and women’s health. A particular clinical interest which developed from these roles included a specific interest in chronic regional pain syndrome and acupuncture where Emma was instrumental in developing this service. Emma left the NHS in 2008 to take up a senior role in private practice in the Greater Manchester region, specialising in a range of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries and low back pain.

Postgraduate Study:

Since qualifying Emma’s main focus of professional development has been in the field of neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She has completed various professional courses in the main musculoskeletal paradigms. This has included training in the following areas; Maitland, Cyriax, McKenzie, Mulligan, kinetic control, acupuncture and pain management. Emma regularly undertakes training in sports trauma management and is registered on the physios in sport (ACPSM) CPD pathway. Emma is currently studying for a PhD in the sports medicine field.

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
  • Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)
  • Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research and Scholarship

Emma is completing a PhD in the sports medicine field, currently looking at injury surveillance in the sport of Touch Rugby.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Beaven, R., Highton, J., Thorpe, C., Knott, E. and Twist, C. (2014) ‘The movement and physiological demands of international and regional men’s touch rugby matchesJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research , p. 1. ISSN 1064-8011

Research Degree Supervision

Administrative Responsibilities

Emma is the Admissions tutor for the undergraduate physiotherapy programme. This involves taking a lead role in the selection of applicants for the physiotherapy course at the University of Huddersfield. In order to do this she works in conjunction with UCAS and the admissions and recruitment team at the University and organises the selection events for prospective physiotherapy students.

She is also involved in the marketing and development of the physiotherapy profession through the University open days, UCAS events, school and college events and working closely with schools and colleges and their careers advisors.

Emma is also the First Year tutor, offering pastoral support to the students in their first year of the programme.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Emma is currently module leader for the anatomy and biomechanics modules for the first year physiotherapy undergraduate students. This is an important role as it sets the foundation for many aspects of teaching across the physiotherapy programme. Emma also teaches on the musculoskeletal physiotherapy modules in the 2nd year of the BSc pathway, and is module leader for the 3rd year musculoskeletal physiotherapy option module. She also teaches on the pitchline management module as part of the option modules for the 3rd year students.