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Dr Stuart Porter

Lecturer in Physiotherapy


Thank you for reading my profile. I have been teaching since 1996 within Higher Education. My passion is undergraduate education and in 2015 I was nominated by my students for two University teaching awards- best teacher and best post graduate supervisor. I lecture mainly full time on the Physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. I have written eight books that are now translated into eleven languages. I completed my PhD in Rheumatology in 2009 at the University of Central Lancashire.

Prior to working within education I was a Chartered Physiotherapist within the NHS for 11 years at hospitals in my local area, achieving Senior I grade.  During this time I assumed the role of Clinical Educator for students of Physiotherapy thus beginning my teaching career.  While working within the NHS I was also the Physiotherapist to the England Women’s football team for three years. This was a unique and memorable experience and I was immensely proud to represent my country, working with such talented individuals both at home and during tours of countries including France, Denmark, Italy, Iceland, Bulgaria, and the Soviet Union.

During the summer months I work at Corpus Christi College Cambridge where I am Medical Director of  studies to medical students at Corpus Christi College. For more information please see or


I began teaching in a professional capacity whilst working in a hospital environment where I became a Clinical Educator for undergraduate Physiotherapy students from Universities in the region. This role involved teaching and training undergraduate students with hospitals. Eventually my enthusiasm for teaching overtook that of my day job and I began teaching at Salford University on a part time basis, becoming a full time member of staff within the School of Health Sciences in 1996. I am the longest serving member of staff in the department and enjoy my job, and the interaction with students, as much now as when I first began teaching.

Teaching at a university entails a range of teaching methods including lecturing to hundreds of students, small and large group seminar-based sessions and a mix of theory and practical skills. Since 1998 I have been the Year One tutor which involves a pastoral element as many students are having their first experience of independence away from friends and family.

In November 2018 I will be visiting professor at the Universidade Paulina, Sao Paulo. Brazil where I will be the keynote speaker on the topic of ankylosing spondylitis , presentation title" Ankylosing spondylitis: history pathology and patient reaction to anthropometric change, " and my latest book " Psychologically informed physiotherapy." I will also be teaching in Brazil for two days.

Research Interests

Peer reviewer Arthritis Care and Research - Impact factor 4.75

PhD – Rheumatology: Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an incurable, fluctuating, long-term condition for which prescribed exercise is central to management. However, many people with AS do not undertake prescribed exercises, the reasons for which are poorly-understood.  My research sought to develop a grounded understanding of the exercise beliefs of people with AS, the exercise behaviours they adopt, and the decision making processes they undergo when choosing exercise behaviours. 

The study led to the grounding of participant perspectives on exercise in AS, rendering the proposed model both relevant and understandable to people with AS.  From a patient perspective it could help people understand and plan their future exercise behaviour in AS.

For the first time, my PhD has identified and categorised exercise behaviour in the sero-negative spondarthropathy Ankylosing Spondylitis.  In turn this has resulted in the construction of conceptual model.

This research also forms a baseline for future study.

PhD Examinerships

I am an internal and external PhD examiner and co supervisor

  • Msaad Alzhrai -Biomechanical measures of lower limb variability and prediction of non-contact knee injuries risk factors in male athletes
  • Shujuan, Li: Use of 3 Dimensional visualisation in Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • John Radcliffe: The use of psychology within strength and conditioning
  • Alya Bdawi Acromio: Humeral Distance; its Reliability, and Influence of Scapular Position
  • Adel Almangoush: ‘Outcomes of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of people with knee Injuries in Egypt: a comparative study with Outcomes from the UK’
  • Faisal Alenezi: ‘Relationship between lower extremity alignment in the frontal plane and muscular strength during athletic tasks’

International abstract presentations and peer reviewed articles

1. Abstracts from the international patellofemoral pain research retreat 1 causes of patellofemoral pain syndrome: survey of expert opinion Mazen Alkasem, Lee Herrington, Stuart Porter.Br j sports med 2016;50(1):a1-a45/bjsports-2016-096442.1

2. Shijuan Li, Stephen Kay & Stuart Porter (2016)A 3D assessment and feedback tool for Ankylosing Spondylitis from the perspective of healthcare professionals Informatics for Health and Social Care 41.1 1-16

3. International Society of Arthoscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 2015 Biennial Congress Lyon France e Poster #1927 Investigation of Definition, Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment for Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Mazen Mohammed Alkasem, Lee Herrington PhD, Stuart Porter PhD

4. Assessment of the reliability of real time ultrasound scanning to measure the humeral head position in a number of glenohumeral joint positions Alya H. Bdaiwi, Lee Herrington, Adel Almangoush, Tanya Anne Mackenzie and Stuart B Porter Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation ISSN 2055-2386

5. Mackenzie T Herrington L Porter S Funk L (2014) quantitative assessment of Gleno humeral translation in professional golfers using ultrasound. J Athl Enhancment vol 3 no 2

6. The extraction socket grafting for implant site development: a systematic review. Katarzyna Monika Król-Shaffie DDS, DipImpDent RCS (Eng), Cemal Ucer BDS, MSc, PhD, Stuart Porter Ph.D., B.Sc.(Hons)., Grad. Dip. Phys., M.C.S.P., F.H.E.A., S.R.P., Cert.M.H.S., Katarzyna Grocholewicz DDS, PHD, Gillian Crofts PhD, MSc, Implant dentistry today Sept 2013 issue

7. Bdaiwi, A.H. Herrington L,C. Mackenzie.T.A. Porter,S B (2013) Assessment of the reliability of Real Time Ultrasound Scanning to measure the humeral head position in a variety of glenohumeral joint positions. Manchester Metropolitan University Postgraduate Researcher's Conference 2013-10-18 - 2013-10-19

8. The Medical Informatics Europe 2009 conference 30 August -2 September 2009 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Visualisation Tool for Augmenting Assessment of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Shijuan Li (a, b), Stephen Kay (a, b) Stuart Porter (b) a) Centre for Applied Health and Psychological Research (CAHPR) b) School of Health Care Professions, University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU UK

9. The British Society of Rheumatology Annual Meeting and the BHPR Spring Meeting, a joint meeting with The German Society for Rheumatology Annual Meeting 19 - 22 April 2005. Anthropometric Measurement As A Predictor Of Exercise Behaviour In People With Ankylosing Spondylitis. S. Porter BSc (Hons) MCSP , Lecturer University of Salford

10. American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting 2003, October 24 – 28, 2003 Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando Florida USA Factors influencing decisions relating to exercise behaviour in people with Ankylosing Spondylitis S. Porter(a), J. Smith(a), L. Goodacre(a), C. Chattopadhyay(b), J. Goodacre (a) a) University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom b) Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, Wrightington, United Kingdom Arthritis Rheum 2003 48 supplement 9, abstract 1801.

Qualifications and Memberships

2015- Present External Examiner University of Liverpool

2016: Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

2013-2015: University of Bradford – New External Examiner Mentor

2010-2013: University of East London – External Examiner MSc programme

2010-2013 University of Bradford – External Examiner MSc programme

2009: PhD - Rheumatology - University of Central Lancashire (Doctorate)

2003: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - HEA (Professional)

1993: BSc (Hons) Health Studies  - University of Salford    (Professional)

1993: Member of Institute of Health Services Management (MHSM)

1987: Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

Academic Awards and Doctoral Contribution

2017 Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

2017 Teaching Excellence Award nomination by students.

2016 Best Teacher nomination University of Salford Students' Union. 

2015 Best Teacher nomination University of Salford Students' Union.

2015 Post Graduate Supervisior nomination University of Salford Students' Union. 

2010 nominated for the Times Higher Education Award of Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Professions for outstanding contribution to teaching and the student learning experience.

2009 winner of the first ever teaching excellence award for the School of Health Care.

My PhD the first time identified and categorised exercise behaviour in the disease Ankylosing Spondylitis.


I have had eight books published under the Elsevier title; these are now translated into eleven languages. These include an anatomy workbook which is designed as an interactive learning tool, I am the editor of one of the core Physiotherapy textbooks and I created the first Dictionary of Physiotherapy outside the USA. For the full list of all publications, including translations, see below.


1. Porter S (Ed) “Psychologically-informed physiotherapy: embedding psychosocial perspectives within psychologically-informed Physiotherapy” Feb 2017

2. “The dictionary of Physiotherapy” Porter, S. (2005) Butterworth Heinemann Publishers Elsevier Science ISBN: 0750688335 Translated into Spanish - 2006 and Korean 2016

3. “Tidys Physiotherapy” 15th edition Porter, S. (Ed.) ISBN-10: 0702043443 Churchill Livingstone Elsevier

4. “First Steps in Research - A Pocketbook for Healthcare Students” (February 2008) ISBN 0443103984 / 9780443103988 Churchill Livingstone Translated into Japanese – 2009

5. “Tidy’s physiotherapy” 14th Edition Porter, S. (Ed.) Churchill Livingstone ISBN-10: 0443103925 Spanish translation – 2009

6. “The Anatomy Colouring and Workbook” Porter, S. 2nd edition 2008 ISBN-13: 978-0-7506-7541-3 Butterworth Heinemann

7. Editorship “Tidy’s Physiotherapy” 13th Edition Porter, S. (Ed.) (2003) (reprinted 2004, 2005, 2006) ISBN: 0750632119 Butterworth Heinemann Ltd Harcourt International

8. The Anatomy Workbook” Porter, S. (2002) (reprinted 2004, 2005) ISBN 0750654554 Butterworth Heinemann Publishers Harcourt International

9. Porter S and WIlson J (eds), A Comprehensive Guide to Sports Physiology and Injury Management 1E Elsevier in print 2018/19

Chapters by S. Porter: I. Osteoarthritis II. Intervertebral disc in Health and disease, Introduction to back pain III. Fractures Translated into Portuguese for South America by Elsevier Brazil - 2004; Translated into Turkish, Chinese and Korean - 2005

Contributions to books

1. "The students' companion to physiotherapy". (2009) Southern, N. (eds) Chapter 1 - Things I wish they told me before I started

2. “Teaching pilates for postural faults, illness and injury: a practical guide”, Paterson, J. ISBN 978-0-7506-5647-4 Elsevier - Imprint Churchill Livingstone, 2008

3. Pathophysiology: An essential text for the Allied Health Professions Editor of chapter on Muscle physiology Shamley (Eds) Butterworth Heinemann; ISBN: 0750652349 (2005)

4. Leitsymptom Schmerz Differenzierende Untersuchung und Therapie bei Bewegungsstörungen Oberer Abschnitt Robert Pfund;Fritz Zahnd ISBN 3131273410 (2001)