Siobhan is a current PhD student in the Department for Health researching the Health and Well-being of young ballet dancers, supervised by Dr Sean Cumming from the Department for Health at the University of Bath and Dr Anne Haase from the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.

Thanks to her MRes research excellence, Siobhan received the ESRC funding from the South West Doctoral Training Partnership to further her research into growth and maturation in dance and creating educational resources on the topic for dancers, dance educators and parents or guardians of young dancers.

In November 2017, Siobhan will be attending the Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC) Conference, where she will receive the Annual Research Award for research in dancer health, wellness and performance. The HDC Research Award is granted in recognition of research quality and significance to HDC's mission to foster and facilitate communication and collaboration among the dance community, health professionals and researchers, with the aim to enhance the health, well-being and performance of all dancers.

Siobhan reacted on her achievement: “It's really great to get recognition for the research carried out during my PhD, especially as a large focus from this work has been around developing educational resources for dancers and dance teachers. It means a lot to have this work recognised at an international conference.”