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Helen Gravestock

 A Biomechanist is a step closer to her dream today as she graduates from the University of Worcester with a Masters degree in Applied Sport Science.

Helen Gravestock, from Alcester, is now undertaking a PhD in the hope of becoming a leading expert at the forefront of the biomechanics discipline.

“Beyond this, my passion is enhancing elite performance in sport,” she said. “It would be a dream come true to be part of a multidisciplinary sport science team within world class performance sport. After this, I would like to lecture biomechanics to implement my experiences into learning and teaching in Higher Education.”

Helen completed her undergraduate degree, in Sport and Exercise Science, at the University of Worcester, before going on to complete her Masters.

“Straight after my MSc degree I started a funded PhD in Elite Race Walking Biomechanics at Leeds Beckett University. Here, I am employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and alongside my research, teach on the BSc Sports and exercise science program delivering biomechanics and research study skills to undergraduates.”

On her time at the University of Worcester, Helen says: “Everybody says it; the University of Worcester is very welcoming and friendly Institution to be part of. I enjoyed the experiences and opportunities of my BSc here and I knew I wanted to complete postgraduate studies here. The staff are very experienced in their respective fields, and the applied aspect of the MSc course was also desirable.

“During my studies I was able to use the sophisticated three-dimensional motion capture system Motion Performance Centre to collect data. I also had excellent opportunities to apply my biomechanics knowledge. These include working with Worcester Wolves basketball players and the Great British Deaf Women Football team in the run up to the 2013 Deaflympics.”