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Dr Corrina Cory

Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Entrepreneurship


Telephone: 01392 724076

Extension: (Streatham) 4076

Corrina is an Edupreneur and Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in education, engineering and entrepreneurship. As Strategic Curriculum Development Lead she is currently co-developing the new 2020 Engineering Programme using multi-disciplinary Project Based Learning (PBL) with a focus on global engineering challenges and entrepreneurship. Students are empowered with freedom and authenticity through industry linked projects to explore commercial opportunities and build 21st century skills as defined by EntreComp.

Corrina started her career as a Research Associate at Cardiff University where she developed expertise in injury biomechanics while working on civil and criminal cases for legal professionals and the Police. She went on to gain a position as a Senior Consultant and Team Leader (Injury Biomechanics) at Arup by pitching an idea to run a new business within the company. As an intrapreneur at Arup she authored and implemented a business plan providing services to the Metropolitan Police, Transport Security Directorate (TRANSEC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Scottish Power, British Land, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Crossrail. Her entrepreneurship journey began when she created 2 companies running simultaneously, a .com social network and an engineering consultancy selling technical services to global engineering companies. Corrina was Managing Director of Cory Scientific Ltd for 7 years, providing innovative services in 3D laser scanning, 3D modelling, injury biomechanics and project management. 


Currently lecturing on ECM3171 Computer Aided Engineering Drawing, ECMM103 Computer Aided Engineering Design, ECMM102 Group Project, ECM3101/ECM3102 Individual Project and ECM1111 Entrepreneurship 1 with a focus on using industry contacts and multi-disciplinary research to fuel PBL. Students are encouraged to create a learning community, think differently, be creative, flexible and resilient and transform the word failure into ‘progress through iteration’. This equips students with the 21st century skills required for success as a professional and entrepreneurial engineer.

  • Dissemination of best practice in PBL through workshops with engineering colleagues and attending the PBL World Conference to complete her Gold Standard PBL Coaching qualification in June 2019.
  • Invited speaker at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Christmas Lectures - Injury Biomechanics: From Crime to Care.
  • Member of the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) to ensure newly designed courses link with the ideas generated by our portfolio of collaborative companies.


Corrina is developing a new multidisciplinary research area to combine current expertise at the University of Exeter with injury biomechanics. Joint research grant applications are planned to undertake research that focuses on the provision of wellness and injury prevention as well as the treatment of illness in the form of green, blue and yellow (safe) spaces. This research can be applied to the design of healthcare facilities, the built environment, SMEs and the natural environment support healthy, independent living.


  • Cory CZ, Reeves ND, Young P, Evans, K, Kinematics, injury biomechanics and finite element head modelling applied to investigate fatal head injuries from stairway falls, Forensic Science International, (In preparation).

  • Cory CZ, Design of healthcare facilities utilising established injury biomechanics techniques for injury prevention, Hospital Engineering and Estates Management, 2008;6:7-10.

  • Cory CZ and Jones MD, Development of a simulation system for performing in situ surface tests to assess the potential severity of head impacts from alleged childhood short falls, Forensic Science International, 2006;163(1-2):102-114. 

  • Jones MD and Cory CZ. A Fatal Fall from a Balcony? A biomechanical approach to resolving conflicting witness accounts, Medicine, Science and the Law, 2006;46(3):233-44.

  • Norton C, Rolfe K, Morris S, Evans R, Jones M, Cory C, Dunstan F, Sibert J, Head injury and limb fracture in modern playgrounds, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2004;89:152-153.

  • Cory CZ and Jones MD, Can shaking alone cause fatal brain injury?  A biomechanical assessment of the Duhaime shaken baby syndrome model, Medicine, Science and the Law, 2003;43(4):317-333.

  • Jones MD, James DS, Cory CZ, Leadbeatter S and Nokes LDM, Subdural haemorrhage sustained in a baby rocker? A biomechanical approach to causation, Forensic Science International, 2003;131:14-21.

  • Cory CZ, Jones MD, James DS, Leadbeatter S and Nokes LDM, The potential and limitations of utilising head impact injury models to assess the likelihood of significant head injury in infants after a fall, Forensic Science International, 2001;123:89-106.

  • Cory CZ and Nokes LDM, The use of head impact injury models, Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association, 1997;11(2):51-54.