Lecturer in Research Methods and Sports Science

Paul has taught on sport-based programmes in higher education for over ten years. His educational background is in sport science, and in 2019 he completed a PhD investigating the visual search strategies of judo coaches. Paul has authored and co-authored academic publications in the fields of visual search, strength and conditioning, and injury rehabilitation.

In addition to his academic career, Paul played senior-level rugby union for eight years before switching sports to judo, obtaining his 1st dan black belt, and competing in several national competitions. In addition to participating in sport, he has coached rugby union in schools, colleges, and clubs. Paul has also previously provided sport science, strength and conditioning, and skill acquisition support to judo, boxing, rugby union and netball clubs.

Find out more about Paul
Area of expertise
  • Visual search strategies in sport.

Teaching & research interests
  • Research methods;
  • Visual search in sport;
  • Skill acquisition;
  • The development of expertise;
  • Strength and conditioning.
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Science;
  • MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science;
  • PGCE Teaching and Learning in Vocational Subjects;
  • PhD: The visual search strategies of judo coaches.
Publications & research
  • Robertson, P. J., Callan, M., Nevison, C. and Timmis, M. A. (2017). Is visual search strategy different between level of judo coach when acquiring visual information from the preparation phase of judo contests? International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117737275.
  • Robertson, P., Nevison, C., Callan, M. and Timmis, M. (2016). Judo coaches’ visual search strategies from “hajime” to first contact. European College of Sport Science: Crossing Borders Through Sport Science, 6th – 9th July 2016, Vienna, Austria;
  • Robertson, P. (2016). Judo coaches’ visual search strategies from “hajime” to first contact (preliminary findings). 6th Annual Research and Scholarship Conference, 6th July 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK;
  • Robertson, P., Di Leva, R. and Ward, K. (2016). Professionalism and Ethics. In Ward, K. (ed.). Routledge International Handbook of Sports Therapy, Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation. Oxon: Routledge;
  • Robertson, P. (2014). The visual search strategies of judo coaches (methods and analysis). 8th Annual Research Student Conference, 13th July 2014, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK;
  • Lahart, I. and Robertson, P. (2009). Strength and conditioning programme design for combat sports. In Duncan, M. and Lyons, M. (eds.). Advances in Strength and Conditioning Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova.
Expertise in industry

Paul has coached rugby union in schools and colleges as part of a community coaching initiative. The initiative involved working with the Leicestershire Rugby Union to deliver rugby union coaching sessions, and to provide guidance and resources for physical education teachers. He has also coached rugby union at a national league rugby club, helping to develop players in preparation for moving from the under-19 squad to the senior squad.

In addition to coaching, Paul has provided sports science and strength and conditioning services for judo, boxing, and rugby union athletes, and injury risk reduction and skill acquisition interventions for netball athletes.

Contact Paul
Item 3