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Hayley Wyatt

Miss Hayley Wyatt


School of Engineering

+44 29208 75540
Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room W/1.35, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Hayley Wyatt is a Lecturer across the Medical and Mechanical undergraduate degree schemes at Cardiff University, with teaching duties focusing on finite element modelling and teaching design based group projects. Hayley has been teaching at Cardiff University since 2017. She is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMechE. Her primary area of research is within the field of soft tissue mechanics and finite element modelling, including material characterisation using optical measurement techniques and application of soft tissue mechanics in medical device design. 

Recently Hayley has been part of a large collaborative project working to design a novel microneedle array. This project has involved working with industrial and academic partners within the UK and internationally. The project has provided an excellent opportunity to use her knowledge of skin behaviour and finite element analysis to help inform the design of the microneedle array. 

Before becoming a Lecturer, Hayley worked across a number of different research projects, including being a project office at ASTUTE where she worked on an industrially focused project investigating the use of surface textures in hip implants. Hayley then became a research associate on an EPSRC funded project at the School of Mathematics investigating the behaviour of soft cellular structures. 













Research Interests:

  • Soft tissue biomechanics
  • Finite element modelling 
  • Optical strain measurement techniques
  • Medical device design 

Current Projects:

  • 2021 - ongoing - Development of a modelling framework for In-Vivo Knee Joint Contact Analysis 
  • 2020 - ongoing - FEA modelling of microneedle insertion into skin
  • 2017 - ongoing - Embeddable sustained release microneedles for contraceptive delivery

Previous Projects:

  • 2019 - Stochastic modelling approaches for soft materisl (in collaboration with the School of Mathematics)
  • 2017 - Design of a bioreactor (in collaboration with the School of Bioscience) (NC3R's funded project)
  • 2017 - Investigation into the mechanical behaviour of soft cellular structures (in collaboration with the School of Mathematics)
  • 2016 -2017 Co-applicant on a Welcome Trust Grant Cross Disciplinary Grant, Title ‘Enhancing wear properties of CFR-PEEK and UHMWPE acetabular cup using a novel lipid bilayer surface functionalization’, Cost £23,067
  • 2014-2015 - Investigating surface texturing for reducing wear within hip implants


EN1048 - Design activity 

EN2602/EN2604 - Finite element modelling to mechanical and medical engineering students, and leader for the medical engineering desigin tasks across both semesters. 

EN2024 - Mechanical Engineering Labs, responsible for the delivery of the control lab

EN3100 - Undergraduate project supervision

Additionally MSc Project Supervision on the Advanced Mechanical programme. 


Education and qualifications

  • 2014: PhD (Electrosurgical Vessel Sealing Devices, School of Engineering) Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  • 2010: MEng Medical Engineering, Cardiff University

Professional Membership and Committees 

  • Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council UK)
  • Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Former member of the organising committee for Cardiff Soapbox Science Event 

Honours and Awards 

  • 2019 - Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Gold Award Winner
  • 2019 - Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Travel Award Winner
  • 2016 - IBBM Fellowship to attend the 'Image Based Biomedical Monitoring Summer School hosted by the University of Utah