Performance sport research

Studentship for Performance Swimming Research

The University of Stirling, in partnership with British Swimming, has recently installed an integrated multi-camera analysis system to support the elite swimming programme at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.  Alongside this installation, we are looking for an ambitious research student to undertake applied research studies involving the University of Swimming elite swimming group and British Swimming World Class programme swimmers.


The overall aim of the project will be to provide the University of Stirling and British Swimming coaches, staff and their swimmers with an increased understanding of the interaction of multiple datasets on swimming performance.  This aim will be achieved through an approach of biomechanical analysis of swimmers, utilising the newly installed camera system, and data science approaches to create a greater understanding of the importance of performance datasets that are collected longitudinally and the interaction between them. Additionally, through understanding this interaction, the final aspect will be to assist the performance decision-making process with the high-performance swimming staff and athletes.  This research will have a biomechanics, data science and inter-disciplinary approach drawing on other scientific disciplines where required. 

Further details

This studentship will be a hybrid model of working as part of the interdisciplinary team alongside the research. Data collection would primarily take place at the University of Stirling with opportunities for data collection at other high-performance centres. Opportunities for national and international travel are also possible to support the swimmers at competitions.

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