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Elizabeth A. Gandy

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Senior Lecturer

I graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics in 1989 and an MSc in Computing in 1993. I worked as a software engineer in the pipeline inspection industry for seven years before taking up my current role at the University of Sunderland in 2000.

My teaching is in the area of software development and I teach primarily on programming modules.

As a disabled horse rider, I have experienced first-hand the issues of asymmetry and this has led me to focus my research on the development of software tools to support the use of technology for postural assessment of horse riders.

Teaching and supervision

Programme Leader

Module Leader
  • Computational Thinking
  • Advanced Software Development

Module Tutor
  • Fundamentals of Computing [Programming (C#), Mini Project (LEGO Robots)]
  • Computing Project supervision

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Professional Doctorate Co supervisor: A preliminary investigation of asynchrony in the three–element interaction of horse, saddle and rider.


Development of software tools to support the use of technology for the visualisation of motion analysis data. Whilst my primary focus is on the application of data visualisation techniques for automated biomechanical analysis within the equestrian field, I also have an interest in how these techniques may have a broader impact in other sporting and health contexts.

My recent work, in collaboration with physiotherapists, coaches and equestrian practitioners, has included investigation of the potential of the Xsens MVN inertial motion capture suit (www.xsens.com) for the measurement of hip angle and pelvic orientation in the assessment of asymmetry in riders.

I am currently enrolled on a part-time PhD programme: “Visualising inertial motion sensor data: the design and evaluation of a horse rider assessment interface”.


  • Object oriented software development (C#, C++, Java)
  • Data analysis and visualisation (R statistical package)
  • Web technologies (XHTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP/MySQL)

External engagement activities

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Member of International Society for Equitation Science (ISES)
  • Research Coordinator for the Saddle Research Trust
  • Regional Committee Member for Riding for the Disabled Association North Region
  • Member of the Management Committee for Washington Riding Centre incorporating Tyne and Wear Riding for the Disabled Association

Last updated 30 May 2024