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Professor Mike Lauder

Director of the Chichester Institute of Sport, Professor of Sports Biomechanics & Cross-Institutional Lead for Health | +44 (0) 1243 816328

I currently lead the Institute of Sport (IOS) with over 1000 students and over 90 academic, research and technical staff teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees and international projects. As Director I have led the development of a portfolio of highly respected degrees and internationally recognised research. I chair the Strategic Leadership Team and Institute Management Group, the postgraduate coordinators group and have previously been coordinator of the BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics degrees. I continue to enjoy teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Sports Biomechanics and currently supervise two PhD students, having also had six PhD completions. I lead on planning, budgets, financial arrangements of projects and have overall responsibility for all IOS activities. I serve as a member of the REF Project Team and led the REF2014 submission for UoA26 - Sport and Exercise Sciences, Tourism and Leisure. I am a member of Academic Board and a Staff Governor.



  • 1994    BSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 2:1 Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 1999    Ph.D. Sport Biomechanics ‘Accuracy and Reliability of Propulsive Force Estimation in Swimming’ Department of Sport Sciences, Brunel University


  • Muscles and Movement
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
  • Work Placement is Sport and Exercise Science
  • Applied Techniques in Biomechanics (MSc)


  • Chair of IOS Strategic Leadership Team and Institute Management Group
  • Chair Postgraduate Coordinators Group
  • Cross-Institutional Lead for Health
  • Chair Tier 1 Exam-boards
  • Coordinator MSci Sport and Exercise Science
  • Liaison tutor FdSc Sport, Exercise and Health Science, Worthing College

University Committees/ Responsibilities:

2001 - 2006     Learning and Teaching Policy Group

2004 – 2008    School Quality Committee (now Faculty Quality Committee)

2006 – 2008    School Management Committee

2008 - 2014    Department Management Team (Chair)

2008-               Programme Boards (Chair)

2008-               Heads of Department Forum

2009 - 2012     Academic Board

2010 - 2015    Space Management Group

2011 - 2014    Strategy, Risk and Projects Group

2011 - 2014    REF Project Team – Lead for UoA 26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and  Tourism

2012 - 2013     Web Project Board

2012 - 2014    Sports Facilities Development Project Board

2012 - 2015    Academic Standards Committee

2014 -              Institute of Sport Leadership Team (Chair)

2017 -              Institute Management Group (Chair)

2017 - 2020    Academic Board

2019 -              Board of Governors

Professional activities, roles and memberships:

  • 1995 – Present Full member - British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)  
  • 2001 - 2003     Chair Biomechanics Section of BASES.
  • 1999 - 2004     BASES Accredited Sport Biomechanist - Support
  • 2015 - 2017 Member - British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA)


Research and scholarly output:

Book Chapters:

Lauder, M.A. (2008) Motion Analysis in water sports. In Computers in Sport. (Eds. P. Dabnichki & A. Baca), WIT Press: Southampton, pp: 217-246.

Selected Academic Journal Papers:


Mundy, P.D., Smith, N.A., Lauder, M.A., and Lake, J.P., (2017). The effects of barbell load on countermovement vertical jump power and net impulse. Journal of Sports Sciences Sep;35(18):1-7. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1236208. Epub 2016 Sep 26.


Mundy, P.D., Lake, J.P., Carden, P.J.C., Smith, N.A., and Lauder, M.A. (2016). Agreement between the force platform method and the combined method measurements of power output during the loaded countermovement jump. Sports Biomechanics, 15(1), 23-35. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2015.1123761


Broomfield S.A.L. & Lauder, M.A. (2015): Improving paddling efficiency through raising sitting height in female white water kayakers, Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(14), 1440-1446 DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2014.992935


Lake, J.P., Hetzler, B.S., and Lauder, M.A. (2014). Magnitude and relative distribution of kettlebell snatch force-time characteristics. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(11), 3063-3072.


Lake, J.P., Lauder, M., Smith, N., and Shorter, K. (2012). A comparison of ballistic and non-ballistic lower-body resistance exercise and the methods used to determine their positive lifting phase. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28(4), 431-437.

Lake, J.P and Lauder, M. (2012). Mechanical demands of kettlebell swing exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(12), 3209-3216.

Lake, J.P., Lauder, M., and Smith, N. Barbell kinematics do not represent centre of mass kinematics during lower-body resistance exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(5), 1302-1307, 2012. (Journal impact factor 2015: 2.3; Web of Science citations: 6; GS citations: 14; Altmetric score: 5).

Lake, J.P and Lauder, M. (2012). Kettlebell swing training improves maximum and explosive strength. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(8), 2228-2233.


Brown, M.B., Lauder, M.A. and Dyson, R.D. (2011) Notational analysis of sprint kayaking performance: Differentiating between ability levels.  International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 11(1), 171-183.

Lake, J.P., Lauder, M.A., and Smith, N. (2011). Does side dominance affect the symmetry of barbell end kinematics during lower-body resistance exercise? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(3), 872-878.

Selected full refereed Papers in Books:

Shorter, K., Lake, J. Smith, N. & Lauder, M. (2011) Influence of the foot-floor interface on squatting performance. In: Proceedings of the XXIX International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, (Eds. Machado, V-B, & Veloso, K). University of Porto, 385-388.

Shorter, K. Lake, J., Smith, N & Lauder, M.A. (2010) Acromion cluster reliability under dynamic loading conditions. In Proceedings of the 8th International Shoulder Group Conference, University of Minnesota, USA, pp75-76.

Brown, M.B., Lauder, M.A. and Dyson, R. (2010) Activation and contribution of trunk and leg musculature to force production during on-water sprint kayak performance.  Proceedings of the XXVIII International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sports, 203-206.

Lauder, M. and Newell, R. (2009) Asymmetry in front crawl swimming with and without hand paddles. In Proceedings of the XXVII International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports (Eds. A.J. Harrison, R. Anderson, I. Kenny), University of Limerick, 621-624

Selected coaching journal Papers:

Kemecsey, I and Lauder, M.A. (1998) Kayak technique - diagnosis and remedies. Part 1 Canoe Focus, Nov/Dec, pp: 16-17.

Lauder, M.A. and Kemecsey, I. (1999) Kayak technique- diagnosis and remedies Part 2. Canoe Focus, Jan/Feb, pp:18-19.

Selected Conference Contributions (published abstracts)

Lauder, M.A., Howarth, B. and Wainwright, B. (2001) A notational analysis system for kayak and rowing analysis. 3rd International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport and 5th World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport.


Research Interests:

  • Water-based sports technique analysis (Swimming & Kayaking)
  • Resistance exercise biomechanics
  • Movement asymmetry
  • Measurement of mechanical power output


Experience of research supervision:

SIX PhD Completions, University of Southampton/University of Chichester

  • July 2009. Mathew Brown: Biomechanical Analysis of Sprint Kayaking.
  • September 2010: Jason Lake: Establishing the optimum resistance training load for maximal gains in mechanical power output.
  • August 2011: Kathleen Shorter: The pathogenics of shoulder injury in cricket
  • August 2017 - Benchmarking physical development of athletes within the British Sailing Team Olympic performance pathway – Tim Jones
  • August 2017 - Mechanisms underpinning differences in the load that maximises mechanical power output – Peter Mundy
  • July 2018 - Development of a method to determine optimum sitting height for female white water kayakers using markers of stroke efficiency. Shelley Ellis

Currently supervising one FT PhD student:

  • Investigating injury potential from football heading. – Kieran Austin (FT)

Successfully supervised over 25 MSc projects (10 with distinction).


Research Examinations:

  • 2003-2011 – University of Greenwich MRes Examinations x 3
  • March 2014 – University of Hertfordshire MPhil  ‘EMG Analysis of hip and knee exercises: A continuum from early rehabilitation to enhanced performance – Megan Williams
  • March 2017 – University of Hertfordshire MRes ‘The effect of Gender and Load Type on Lower Extremity Biomechanics during Drop Landings – Benjamin Hunter

Internal PhD Examinations:

  • January 2002 – June 2006 3 x PhD Internal Examiner University of Southampton

External PhD Examinations:

  • April 2011 - PhD external Examiner University of Central Lancashire – Laurence Protheroe ‘An investigation to determine the kinematic variables associated with the production of topspin in the tennis groundstrokes’
  • July 2013 – PhD External Examiner Leeds Metropolitan University – Barney Wainwright  ‘Identification of Performance Related Technique Factors in Olympic Sprint Kayaking’
  • September 2013 – PhD External Examiner University of Hertfordshire – Peter Thain ‘Novel Methods for Analysing the Dynamic Defence Mechanism’
  • February 2014 – PhD External Examiner Bournemouth University – Andrew Callaway ‘Quantification of performance analysis factors in front crawl swimming using micro-electronics: A data-rich system for swimming’
  • April 2014 – PhD External Examiner University of Hertfordshire – Ashley Richardson ‘Biomechanics of the golf swing and putting stroke’.
  • November 2014 – PhD External Examiner University of Cape Town, South Africa – Julia Fisher ‘Revealing the complexities of biomechanical analysis and injury prevention in flat-water kayaking’.
  • November 2017 – PhD External Examiner Anglia Ruskin University – Bob Challis ‘A time-motion, technical and tactical analysis of lightweight women's judo’.
  • September 2018 – PhD External Examiner University of Central Lancashire – Robert Graydon ‘The effects of ankle protectors on lower limb kinematics. A comparison of braced and unbraced ankles’.
  • April 2020 PhD External Examiner University of Lincoln - Catherine Shin ‘Biomechanical Factors Affecting Individuals’ Performance in Sprint Kayaking’



1997-1998     British Bobsleigh Association – Biomechanical support for Winter Olympics (Bronze – 4-man)
1997-2000     British Canoe Union – Biomechanical support to Olympic racing teams for sprint kayaking
2001-2004     Sport England – Biomechanical support to Peter Waterfield - Olympic diver (Silver)
2002-2003     UKSI/BASES – World Class Supervised Experience Scheme Supervisor
2005-2010       International Cricket Committee Biomechanical Technique Analysis

I have overall responsibility for income targets (In excess of £3 million won since becoming HOD) and have personally negotiated links such as the RYA Sports Science Physiology post (£50k p.a.) and PhD position (£5k p.a. contribution). At REF2014 the there was an overall unit contribution of £420k and this has grown to in excess of £3m since 2015.


Public engagement:

  • 2005 BASES Annual Conference, Loughborough University.
  • 2006 International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sport, Salzburg.
  • 2007 BASES Annual Student Conference, University of Chichester (Organiser)
  • 2008 BASES Annual Conference, Brunel University
  • 2009 International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sport, Limerick.
  • 2010 BASES Annual Student Conference, University of Aberystwyth
  • 2013 BASES Annual Student Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2016 British Society for Research On Ageing, Durham University