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Dr Gemma Harman

Senior Lecturer, Dance and Dance Science

Gemma is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Dance Science at the University of Chichester.  She has extensive lecturing experience as a teacher, lecturer and researcher, delivering a range of dance, dance science and music specialisms.  Prior to this, Gemma was a lecturer and dissertation supervisor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she delivered on the MSc Dance Science and MA programmes, BA Contemporary Dance programme and the Dance Diploma Courses.  Gemma also delivered on the BMus and MMus programmes at the Music Faculties.  She continues to work within vocational and professional dance and music settings and is an Academic Tutor at Bird College of Performing Arts.

Gemma has a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts (majoring in Dance) from Middlesex University and an MSc Dance Science (with Distinction) and PhD Dance and Music Science from Trinity Laban.  Gemma received funding from the Emerton Christie Charity for her PhD research, where she investigated the phenomenon of dance and music performance through the experience of the performer.

Gemma is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), where she has previously served on the Education and Promotion Committees.  She is also a member of the Healthy Conservatoire Network, UK. Gemma is currently the External Examiner for the MSc Dance Science at the University of Bedfordshire.

At the University of Chichester, Gemma teaches a range of theoretical modules on the Dance and Dance Science Programmes at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. These include: Dance Landscapes, Research Methodologies, Understanding Science and Dance Practice, Researching Dance Science, Research Project and MA Dissertation.  Alongside this, Gemma provides BA, MA and PhD supervision. 


  • PhD Dance & Music Science - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2018)
  • MSc Dance Science - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2010)
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Dance) University of Middlesex (2003)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2015)