Jane Williams

Dr Jane Williams


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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in discussing potential PhD projects in the following areas:
- Performance analysis in equestrian sport
- Evaluation of race and sport horse welfare and quality of life
- Evaluation of injury and disease risk factors in horse sports

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Jane has taught within Higher Education across animal, equine and veterinary fields. She is a qualified veterinary nurse and gained her Masters in Equine Science before completing her doctorate exploring the application of surface electromyography (EMG) as a tool to assess muscle adaptation during training in racehorses and sport horses. Her main areas of professional interest include:

 1. Scientific evaluation of equestrian performance and training, and how these link to equine welfare: horse, rider and horse and rider partnership including epidemiological analysis of injury related risk factors and prediction of performance, Electromyographic analysis of equine muscle activity during training and rehabilitation, role of physiological analysis during training, and evaluation of the demands of competition on horse and rider.

2. Rider impacts on equitation: rider personality, decision-making, kinematic evaluation of the rider and horse-rider dyad, rider and jockey wellbeing, rein tension and EMG during ridden exercise and factors which influence rider reaction times.

3. Reliability assessment: applying statistical techniques to test the reliability and validity of accepted industry practices and proposed standardised tests to promote evidence informed practice e.g. lameness scoring, posture assessment, range of movement post therapeutic interventions.

Jane is the co-editor and author of Training for Equestrian Performance with Dr David Evans, and The Complete Textbook of Animal Health and Welfare,  is a former Honorary President of the International Society of Equitation Science, and a founding member of the Sporthorse Welfare Foundation. Jane is keen that research should not just be for academics and works regularly with riders and trainers across showjumping, eventing and racing to help them improve their horses’ success.   

Education/Academic qualification

Equine, DPhil, Evaluation of Surface Electromyography as a valid tool within Equine Science, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 1 Oct 2015

Equine Science, Masters, Hartpury University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2009

Education, PGCE, Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Plymouth University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2006

Education, Cert ED, Plymouth University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2004

Veterinary Nursing, RCVS Veterinary Nursing Certificate, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

External positions

Honorary President, International Society for Equitation Science

Trustee, Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Treasurer , Sporthorse Welfare Foundation

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

External Examiner, University of Limerick


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