Dr Sandy Willmott

I joined the School of Sport and Exercise Science as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Science in September 2007. Previously I spent nearly ten years as a member of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Indiana University, working on projects in a range of areas that included hockey, high jumping and swimming. I received a PhD in sports biomechanics from Indiana University in 2010 for a dissertation on the dynamics of the stick motion during the hockey hit. I began my research career in the field of animal biomechanics and was awarded a PhD in insect flight mechanics by the University of Cambridge in 1996.

I have wide-ranging interests in the use of technology for measuring movement. These have included motion capture in sporting and non-sporting situations, with the latter to date having featured actors, dancers, dogs and lizards! In 2013 I co-founded the Virtual Alliance for Sport Technology to support projects in which internet tools can be used to provide sports science to athletes and communities who would not otherwise have access to this type of support.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader, MSc Sport Science
Member of College Internationalisation Committee
Member of School Ethics Committee
Member of School EDI Committee
Mentor, IMPress student employability group


  • PhD in Sports Biomechanics – 2010
  • PhD in Insect Flight Mechanics – 1996
  • BA (Hons) in Zoology – 1991

Professional Affiliations

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences — Member
  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sport — Member
  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow


External Examiner, University of Portsmouth, 2018 to present
External Examiner, University of Bath, 2019 to present
Reviewer for Journal of Sports Sciences, Sport Biomechanics, Journal of Swimming Research, International Journal of Sports
Science & Coaching, Bioscience Education