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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 as a researcher and guest lecturer (Trinity Laban and 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 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 currently serves on the Education Committee, and has previously served on the Promotion Committee.  She is also a member of the Healthy Conservatoire Network, UK. 

At the University of Chichester, Gemma teaches a range of theoretical modules across both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. These include: Dance Landscapes, Research Methodologies, Understanding Science and Dance Practice and MA Dissertation, alongside providing BA and MA dissertation 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)


  • Member of the research team for Musical Impact - a four-year project (2013-17) to enhance the health and wellbeing of musicians studying and working in Britain: Gemma is a researcher on the ‘Making Music’ strand.