Paul Robertson, PhD
I am a freelance academic skills coach and academic editor and proofreader. I help people develop the skills needed for undergraduate and postgraduate study and help people communicate their academic work in writing. As somebody who undertook postgraduate study alongside full-time employment — several years after completing my undergraduate degree — I understand the importance of identifying and developing the academic skills you need to help you with your studies.
I have over 15 years experience of teaching on sport and exercise science-based undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in UK universities. During this time, I helped students to not only develop their subject-specific knowledge and understanding but to develop the academic skills needed to underpin their subject-specific studies. In addition to teaching, I have been — and continue to be — involved in research and academic writing in the fields of sport and exercise science, vision science and musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation.
Before becoming involved with academia, I worked in the health and fitness industry and as a sports coach in schools and colleges alongside playing rugby union. When I finished playing rugby union — and with my academic career developing — I took up judo, and there have been links between judo and my academic work ever since, from my first publications on strength and conditioning for judo to my PhD research on the visual search strategies of judo coaches.