Lecturer Profile– Dr Heather Driscoll

 Heather Driscoll

 University Teacher

 e: h.driscoll@sheffield.ac.uk

 t: 0114 215 80850


Dr Heather Driscoll is a Lecturer in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield. She specialises in teaching mathematics and computing on the Degree Apprenticeship programmes. Her research interests are in Sports Engineering; investigating human interactions with the environment in order to improve performance or minimise the risk of injury; as well as pedagogical research associated with teaching mathematics to engineering students. Heather graduated from the University of Bath in 2008 (Sports Engineering, MEng) and went on to complete a PhD in shoe-surface interactions in football at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 (sponsored by adidas).

Teaching modules

AMR130 Mathematics for Engineering

AMR210 Further Mathematics for Manufacturing

AMR215 Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

AMR217 Computing for Manufacture

MEC421 Sports Engineering

Research interest

  • Sports Engineering
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Pedagogical research: teaching mathematics to engineering students
  • Footwear science
  • Image processing

Professional activities

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Past President International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA)
  • Editorial board member of Proceedings of the IMechE, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology
  • Editorial board member of Sports Engineering journal
  • Technical advisor for World Rugby

Selected publications

1. Oudshoorn, B., Driscoll, H., Dunn, M. & James, D. (2017). Identifying representative test parameters to assess skin laceration injury risk for individual studs. Footwear Science, 9 (sup.1), S29-S31.

2. Oudshoorn, B., Driscoll, H., Dunn, M. & James, D. (2017). Kinetic and kinematic analysis of standing impacts during simulated rucking in rugby union.  Journal of Sport Sciences, [online]

3. Oudshoorn, B., Driscoll, H., Kilner, K., Dunn, M. & James, D. (2017). Prevalence of laceration injuries in professional and amateur rugby union: a systematic review and metaanalysis. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 3(1), e000239.

4. Driscoll, H., Bullas, A., King, C., Senior, T., Haake, S. and Hart, J. (2016). Application of Newtonian Physics to predict the speed of a gravity racer. Physics Education, 51(4).

5. Driscoll, H., Kelley, J., Kirk, B., Koerger, H. and Haake, S. (2014). Measurement of shoe-surface interaction metrics during in situ performance analysis. Sports Engineering, 18, pp. 105-113.

6. Kirk, R., Driscoll, H., Kelley, J., Hickey, L. and ADIDAS-AG. (2014). Method of measuring a property of a trajectory of a ball with a mobile computer device. [online]. US Patent 20140300745 A1.

7. Speed with Guy Martin. Gravity Racer. Series 2, episode 4. (2014). [TV broadcast]. Channel 4. 16 November.

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