Department for Health

Dr Sean Williams

Lecturer in Applied Statistics and Research Methods, with particular interests in sports epidemiology and rugby science.

Sean Williams

LecturerBSc, PhD

1 West 5.104
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3515

Research groups & Memberships
  • Rugby Science Research Group
  • Member, European College of Sport Science
PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students who wish to research topics listed on this page.

Please contact me directly to discuss your research and opportunities for supervision.


I undertook both my undergraduate degree (in Sport and Exercise Science) and PhD (Risk factors for injury in elite Rugby Union) at the University of Bath. I joined the Department for Health as a lecturer in 2015, and am a member of the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Research Group.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I spent a placement year at the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand, under the supervision of Patria Hume and Will Hopkins.

My subsequent Ph.D. utilised statistical modelling techniques to identify risk factors for injury in professional Rugby Union players. The statistical techniques undertaken within my thesis included survival analysis, mixed modelling, meta-analysis, cluster analysis and magnitude-based inferences; my future work will continue to employ these methodologies to inform injury prevention and player welfare initiatives, as well as other research areas.

Research interests

  • Rugby science
  • Sports injury epidemiology
  • Meta-analyses and systematic reviews

Current projects

  • English Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project
  • Allianz Park Artificial Surface Evaluation


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