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Dr Richard Collier PhD, MSc, PFHEA, GradDipPhys, MCSP, MMACP

Director of Programmes: Physical & Rehabilitation Health

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Dr Richard Collier is Director of Programmes: Physical & Rehabilitation Health and manages the AHP/HCS programmes within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Richard works with the Heads of Departments to analyse local, national and international intelligence in relation to recruitment trends, competitor analysis and target monitoring within the education and quality provision. In the summer of 2015, he was awarded a Principle Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The programmes we run allow individuals to develop potentials that will change the lives of many. My research into the anatomy and causes of spinal muscle fatigue will allow better insights into the causes and treatment of back pain.

Educational Experience
Clinical Experience

Research interests

Spinal Anatomy, Muscle Fatigue, Performance degradation due to muscle fatigue, Multi-channel surface electromyography, Effects of whole body vibration on performance.

PhD; An anatomical and surface electromyography study of the fatigue characteristics of Longissimus Thoracis pars Thoracis, Iliocostalis Lumborum pars Thoracis and Lumbar Multifidus.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Director of Programme

Supporting the achievement of the school’s strategic goals, the education plans and individual personal and professional aspirations

Ensuring effective communication regarding the school’s strategic educational plans.

Allocating appropriate work-loads to ensure the resourcing of all educational programmes within the school

Ensuring the educational resource is deployed appropriately to meet programme requirements

Enhancing individual support and performance management

Working with individuals to develop their ability to recognise and meet the current and future requirements of the school

Contributing to the school’s strategic thinking, direction, planning and cost effective delivery of education.

Analysing local, national and international intelligence in relation to recruitment trends, competitor analysis and target monitoring within the education and quality provision

Monitoring recruitment against commissions/contract and business planning targets relating to all programmes and, where relevant, locality targets within programmes in the academic cluster

Identifying variance in recruitment patterns at key points in the recruitment cycle and advising/initiating action to achieve identified commission/contract/ business planning targets.

Advising the Heads of Departments of priorities in relation to diversity and equality, and work with key individuals within the school and University to ensure that all related requirements are met.

Leading the preparation of education programmes and curriculum development.

Advising the Heads of Departments of professional and statutory developments likely to impact upon the school’s policies and procedures that support the delivery of the school’s education provision and student experience.

Representing the school at appropriate school and University committees.

Contributing to the school’s scholarship agenda, including research and enterprise.

Engage in teaching and research activities associated with ERE 6.

Professional Lead for Physiotherapy

As Professional Lead I represent the interests of the profession within the university and within the wider community. This involves liaising with the professional and regulatory bodies and with regional managers in matters related to programme content, delivery and recruitment.

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Muscle Fibre Orientation of the Iliocostalis Lumborum pars Thoracis. Paper presented at British Association of Clinical Anatomists, St Georges Hospital. December 2011. Orchard, M., Markham, T., Collier, R., Webb, A.

Low Back Pain - the problem, methods of diagnosis and functional assessment: condition monitoring of the spine? CM 2011 and MFPT 2011. The Eighth International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention, Cardiff, June 2011. Collier, R.

TUTORIAL SESSION: Low Back Pain: the problem and methods of assessment. The Eighth IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering. Innsbruck. February 2011. Collier, R.

Monitoring and assessing crew performance in high-speed marine craft – methodological considerations. Presented at the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Proceedings of MobiHealth 2010 International ICST Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, 18-20 October 2010, 55, 219-226. Nikolić, D., R. Collier, R., Allen, R.

Methodological considerations: The assessment of spinal muscle fatigue using multi-channel surface EMG. Bath Biomechanics Symposium; Biomechanics of the Spine: Engineering and Clinical Advances; University of Bath September 2010. Collier, R.

Fusion of biomedical and physical data for assessment of human performance in high speed marine craft. Proceedings of the 22nd Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON, Chalkidiki, Greece, 27-30 May 2010. Nikolić, D., R. Collier, R., Allen, R.

Human factors in the design of high-speed marine craft. Maritime Event for Industry and the Public, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, 15 September 2009, Nikolić, D., Allen, R., Collier, R., Taunton, D., Hudson, D. and Shenoi, R.A. (2009).

An evaluation of three clinical procedures measuring muscle fatigue within the lumbar spine using multi-channel surface EMG and electronic goniometry. Poster presentation at the IPEM Annual Scientific Meeting, York, UK, 2-4 September 2008, 48-49. Collier, R.

R. Collier MSc, Y. Zheng PhD, L. Collier PhD, D. Simpson PhD, R. Allen PhD (2008) An evaluation of three clinical procedures measuring muscle fatigue within the lumbar spine using multi-channel surface EMG and electronic goniometry. Poster and Presentation at IPEM conference, Bath 2008.

Book Chapter

  • Collier, L., & Collier, R. (2017). Biomedical Sciences. In M. Curtin, J. Adams, & M. Egan (Eds.), Occupational Therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation (7th ed., pp. 28-52). (Occupational Therapy Essentials). Elsevier.
  • Foundations & Principles of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Clinical Practice & Management
  • Complex Clinical Practice & Management
  • Critical Inquiry Research Module
  • Post Graduate Masters level neuro-musculoskeletal & injection modules
  • Supervision of MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) research projects and dissertations
  • Inter-professional education

Extensive clinical experience as a Physiotherapist treating spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal conditions.

Consultant Physiotherapist – Solent NHS Trust

External Examiner for MACP

  • External examiner AECC – Advanced Professional Practice MSc
  • External Examiner Brighton University for MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Masters programme & MSc Research Methods.
  • External Examiner for MACP
  • Research and Article Reviewer for Manual Therapy & Physiotherapy Journals
  • External Examiner Coventry University, MSc Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • External Examiner Anglo European College of Chiropractic, MSc in Chiropractic
Dr Richard Collier
PhD MSc PFHEA, GradDipPhys MCSP MMACP Senior Lecturer Director of Programmes: Physical and Rehabilitation Health Professional Practice in Health Sciences Health Sciences Room E3015, Building 67 University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/E3015

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