Lesley Haig

D.PT, MSc, Grad Dip Phys, SFHEA - Principal

Professor Lesley Haig is Principal of AECC University College. As Chief Executive Officer, Lesley works in close consultation with the Board of Governors and Senior Members of University College staff, and with a wide range of internal and external constituencies to provide the personal and professional leadership to develop the institution in accordance with the strategy, directions and guidelines set by the Board.

Biography

Professor Haig has worked in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of role as an academic senior manager, research, practitioner and educator. She has spent the majority of her career in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, working with elite athletes and teams nationally and internationally. She led the first MSc in Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation in the UK, which provided advanced practice education for musculoskeletal practitioners from a range of professional groups.

She has contributed significantly to the professional and pedagogical development of sport and exercise rehabilitation in the UK and internationally. She acts as a technical expert and consultant for the development of professional health-related training and education in higher education and for the fitness industry. She was conferred Professor of Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation in January 2011 for her outstanding leadership in this field.

Professor Haig has many years of experience in developing academic, consultancy and research partnerships with colleagues in Asia, the US, the Middle East and across Europe.

Current Activity

Professor Lesley Haig is Principal of AECC University College. As Chief Executive Officer, Lesley works in close consultation with the Board of Governors and Senior Members of University College staff, and with a wide range of internal and external constituencies to provide the personal and professional leadership to develop the institution in accordance with the strategy, directions and guidelines set by the Board.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Physiotherapy
  • MSc, Physiotherapy
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

Membership

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Physiotherapy Pain Assocation
  • Physiotherapy Research Society
  • Council for Allied Health Professions Research Network - Professoriate Member
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Honorary Life Membership of the British Association Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers

Contact details

Email: LHaig@aecc.ac.uk

Phone: 01202 436200

Twitter: @ProfLesleyHaig 

Research

  • Person-centred practice
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Management of persistent low back pain using psychologically-informed practice

Publications

McChesney, B., Haig, L., and Gissane, C. (2011) The effect of thoracic spine high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation on myoelectric activity of the lower trapezius and posterior deltoid muscles during treadmill walking, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 14(4), pp. 141-148.

Thomson, O., Haig, L. and Mansfield, H. (2009) The effects of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and mobilisation techniques on pressure pain threshold in the lumbar spine, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 12(2), pp.56-62.

Mercier, C. and Haig, L. (1993) Infection Control in Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, 79(6), pp. 385-387.

Haig, L. and Summerfield –Mann, L. (2016) An investigation into the occupational therapy workforce in London. London: Health Education England. 5

Haig, L., Hahn, M. and Griffin, M. (2012) Theatre Development, in what is research-led teaching? Multi-disciplinary perspectives, London: CREST:

Haig, L. (2006) Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Fitpro. October.

Haig L., Mantle J., Versi E. (1995) Does interferential therapy confer added benefit over a pelvic floor muscle exercise programme for genuine stress incontinence? Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society. Sydney, Australia: Oct 17-20.

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