Kirstie Grace

Kirstie Grace

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Kirstie Grace has an academic background in Sports Science and Biomechanics, having previously completed undergraduate Physical Education QTS teacher training and a master’s degree in Sports Science (Performance Analysis & Biomechanics) at Sheffield Hallam University. Kirstie has successfully completed her PhD at Leeds Beckett University on the Biomechanics of the field hockey drag flick, examining a technique analysis through principal component analysis. Kirstie joined Leeds Trinity University in 2008 and has over 16 years’ experience leading programs in Physical Education & Sports Coaching, as well as a range of Sport & Exercise Science programs. She also teaches across various sport-related modules. Kirstie currently serves as the Deputy Head of School for Sport & Wellbeing and is the strategic lead for Trinity Performance in the School. She is an accredited BASES Sport & Exercise Scientist (Biomechanics - Pedagogy). Kirstie has previously worked as a curriculum leader and deputy head of department for Physical Education in a secondary school.

Teaching and Administration

Deputy Head of School for Sport & Wellbeing.

Current Teaching responsibilities

SHN4035 Fundamentals of Human Movement

SHN5065 Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

SHN6197 Applied Performance Testing 

SHN6033 Dissertation

SHN7033 Research Practice

Research interests

Kirstie has a research interest in technique analysis in particular the use of functional principal component analysis.  A large portion of Kirstie's work is centred around making biomechanical analysis applicable and relatable to coaches and athletes.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Biomechanics of the Field Hockey Drag Flick, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 21 Feb 2024

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education with Education with Qualified Teaching Status , Sheffield Hallam University

Master of Science, Sports Science (Biomechanics & Performance Analysis Pathway), Sheffield Hallam University

External positions

External Examiner MSc (Hons) Sports Coaching , Sheffield Hallam University

Sept 2023 → …

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences , University of Cumbria

Sept 2019Jul 2022

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Coaching Studies, Accrington & Rossendale College

Sept 2016Jul 2020

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA24 - Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism


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