Professor Len Nokes

Professor Nokes has been an integral part of Cardiff School of Sport, Sports Biomechanics Research Group for over a decade. His contribution cannot be understated, and his involvement as a world leader in biomedical engineering and as a clinician has contributed significantly to the University, School and Group with research opportunities, international collaborations, securing funding, PhD completions and high quality research publications.

Specifically, Professor Nokes is the key academic in our collaboration with the International Governing Body of Football (FIFA) and World Rugby (formally the International Rugby Board). To date these projects have secured an income of approx. £400k of consultancy based research, and established Cardiff Met and Cardiff University as leaders it the area of Turf related issues in sport. Successful PhD completions as co supervisor and shared MSc research projects have allowed a rich and successful research driven learning and teaching environment to emerge. In addition Professor Nokes has involved the group in Research Council Funded events in a bid to build our portfolio and assist in Cardiff Met securing cherished funding.

Most Recently Professor Nokes was the joint principal investigator on the FIFA Perception study, which was managed from the Sport Biomechanics Lab. This joint psychology and biomechanics project was successful and through Professor Nokes involvement with Cardiff City allowed access to elite players. Building on this project Professor Nokes and Professor Irwin (Cardiff Met) have submitted the next FIFA project (£250k)

Professor Nokes will continue to provide director, expertise, supervision and a World Leading Researchers experience to Cardiff School of Sport, Sports Biomechanics and the wider university.

Research / Publications

Development of Electronics in Orthopaedics (BIOMET Ltd) (With Prof D.R. Towill of UWC), 1991, £215.4K

The use of reflexology in knee replacement surgery (Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust) (Principal Investigator),1994 £86.8K

Design and Development of a microprocessor to determine the Time of Death of Human Corpses (EPSRC ROPA Award), (Principal Investigator), 1995, £45.8K

Establishment of a Gait Laboratory in Cardiff (HEFCW), ( jointly with Mr C. Dent of UWCM),1995,£90K

Forensic Development (UWCM) (Principal Investigator), 1995, £47.5K

Lectureship – joint sponsored by Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine & Smith and Nephew, 1997/99, £52K

Research into Orthopaedics (UWCM), (Principal Investigator), 1997/98, £28.5K

Development of new Spinal Implant (Surgicraft Ltd), (Principal Investigator), 1997/98, £41K

Gait analysis of prosthetic knee – In vivo (De Puy Ltd and Johnson & Johnson Ltd) (Joint Investigator with Dr C Holt), 1998, £175K

Lectureship – joint sponsored by Orthopaedic Department of University of Wales College of Medicine, 1998/2000, £55K

Senior Research Associate (UWCM) (Principal Investigator), 2000-to date, £83K

EPSRC Masters Training Package Grant, 2000/2004, £112K

DSTL Forensic Biodynamics, 2002/2004, £40K

PhD studentships in sports biomechanics (UWCM), 2003/2006, £66K

Post Doc Research Fellow in Sports Biomechanics (UWCM), 2005/2007, £60K

EPSRC Stage Award 'Engineering for Life', 2006/2009, £250K

NICE (via CEDAR), 2012/2015, £410K

NICE (via CEDAR), 2014/2017, £450K

In addition I have obtained a number of smaller awards since 1991 amounting to £100K.

TOTAL £2.408 million


Teaching and Supervision

Career Profile
1986-90 Part-time lecturer MEEP Department, University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology (UWIST)

1990-91 House Officer (Junior Doctor) Cardiff Royal Infirmary and Prince Charles Hospital

1991-1996 Lecturer, Cardiff School of Engineering, University of Wales Cardiff

1996- 2004 Senior lecturer, Cardiff School of Engineering, University of Wales Cardiff

2003- Leader of the Institute of Medical Engineering andMedical Physics, Cardiff School of Engineering.

  1. Personal Chair in Medical Engineering
  2. 2015- Director, Health, Technology and Digital World, Cardiff School of Engineering.
Research Supervision

I have successfully supervised to date eighteen PhD students, six MPhil students and forty-eight MSc students. I am currently supervising four PhD students.


External Links

Chartered Engineer; Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (1997)

Fully registered with General Medical Council (1991);

Member of the British Medical Association

Member of the British Association of Sports and ExerciseMedicine

Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and ExerciseMedicine (UK)


Qualifications and Awards


BEng First Class Honours in Production Engineering,

University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, (UWIST), Cardiff, 1980

MSc Thesis entitled "The use of the Double Exponential Model to Determine the Post Mortem Period of the Human Corpse", Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff, 1982

PhD Thesis entitled "System Modelling and Analysis of Human Structures", UWIST 1983

DSc Thesis entitled "Trauma Science", Cardiff University, 2014


MBBCh University of Wales College of Medicine, 1990

MD Thesis entitled "Determination of the Time of Death of Human Corpses" University of Wales College of Medicine, 1993

Intercollegiate Dipolma in Sports and Exercise Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, 2001

Certificate in Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1999