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Dr Corrina Cory

Senior Lecturer


Corrina’s specialist area is the application of injury biomechanics to investigate, analyse and prevent injury. She aims to continually embrace and combine new technologies to create exciting Project Based Learning (PBL). She is a Chartered Engineer with over 19 years experience in education and the engineering industry.

She worked on key projects with government clients, the Police and legal professionals while working as a Research Associate at Cardiff University. As a Senior Consultant and Team Leader (Injury Biomechanics) at Arup, she collaborated with academic and industry partners to create new services. These newly developed multidisciplinary teams included 3D scene reconstruction and human body modelling, wound modelling, physical protection analysis and medical engineering. After working as a freelance consultant for 2 years she formed Cory Scientific Ltd to provide consultancy in injury biomechanics and project management for LiDAR scanning services.


Currently lecturing on ECM2103 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design, ECM3163 Mechanical Engineering Design Studies, ECM3171 Computer Aided Engineering Drawing and ECMM103 Computer Aided Engineering Design 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 in June 2018.
  • 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 as well as the treatment of illness in the form of green, blue and yellow (safe) spaces in healthcare facilities. The research aims to help revolutionise built infrastructures to 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.