Helen Branthwaite

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I qualified as a Podiatrist from Salford University in 1996, and then gained my MSc Sports Injuries in 2001 from Manchester Metropolitan University. After 12 years specialised clinical practice I joined Staffordshire University and have continued with my input on the MSc programmes whilst commencing a research portfolio.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Health and Care Professions Council - registered Podiatrist

  • Member of Footwear Biomechanics Group (international Society of Biomechanics)

  • Editorial Board Member Journal Foot and Ankle Research

  • Editorial Board Member Footwear Science

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine Salford University 1996

  • MSc Sports Podiatry Manchester Metropolitan University 2001

  • PhD Staffordshire University 2015


Foot Mechanics and its clinical application. Footwear and the effects on foot function.

Research interests

I have a fond love of shoes and have focused my expertise and knowledge into the function of shoes and the impact on foot mechanics and development of deformity. I also have a strong interest in human mechanics and the development of injury and long term dysfunction, particular interest is focused on the lower limb and the relationship between multidisciplinary models evaluating more than one variable and the contrast of the impact this has on the individual.


Leads modules leader on Critical Appraisal, Gait Analysis, Origins and Principles of Biomechanics, Sports Biomechanics in Injury and the Dissertation. I deliver lectures and seminars for these modules as well as co-ordinate specialist lectures to complement the programs.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020