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Lauren Birkbeck

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Lauren Birkbeck is a lecturer on the Equine degree courses (BSc (Hons) Equine Science, BSc (Hons) Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science, FdSc Sports Horse Management and Coaching), teaching both theory and practical sessions. Modules include: Optimising Performance, Analysis of Equestrian Performance, Equine and Human Sports Science, Equestrian Studies Project, Fundaments of Sports Science and Issues and Ethics.

Career overview

  • Teaching HE at Warwickshire College prior to NTU
  • Research Assistant at NTU – projects included conformation of elite agility dogs, postural analysis of riders
  • Industry experience – polo, hunt and event yards

Research areas

Particular interest in rider analysis and performance, and the biomechanics of the horse-rider interaction. Lauren is currently working on computer modelling rotational falls as seen in the cross country phase of eventing.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.


  • A preliminary investigation into the effects of jumping saddle design on rider posture. White C and Birkbeck L in (Eds) DM Peters and P O'Donoghue, Performance Analysis of Sport IX, 2013, Routledge, 232

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