Mrs Emma Cropper

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Deputy Director of APH


I trained as a Physiotherapist on the pre registration MSc at the University of Teesside in 2003.

Upon qualification I worked as a junior and then senior physiotherapist in Pennine Acute NHS trust. I left the NHS in 2008 to take up a senior role in private practice in the Greater Manchester region, specialising in a range of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries and low back pain.

I joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008, and worked for 2 years in a lecturer-practitioner role, teaching on both the MSc and BSc Physiotherapy programmes, and in clinical practice in the Greater Manchester region. In 2009 I joined The University of Huddersfield as a full time senior lecturer in physiotherapy and became Course Leader of the programme in 2019.

In 2023 I moved to Salford University as Deputy director of Allied and Public health; leading AHP teams including diagnostic radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, prosthetics & orthotics and public health.

I have worked in sport, supporting athletics in the CWGs in Glasgow 2014, and as Head physiotherapist for the England Touch association for over a decade, supporting the squads during domestic seasons and internationally in 2 World cups, 3 European Championships and a Home Nations competition.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in injury surveillance and identification of injury risk factors in Touch rugby in England.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD: Injury surveillance and injury risk factors in Tough Rugby

    2017 - 2025
  • professional development (Higher education)

    2010 - 2010
  • Rehabilitation science (with a license to practice physiotherapy)

    2001 - 2003
  • Human biology

    1997 - 2000