Robert Rowland Portrait

Mr Robert Rowland


Senior Teaching Fellow in Strength and Conditioning


I joined the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth in October 2018, from working as a practitioner in the discipline of applied of sports science and strength and conditioning. These roles have included leading an academy sports science programme at a Premier League football club, as well as various strength and conditioning positions across professional football. Previous to my roles in football, I worked within tennis at a LTA International High Performance Centre in Hertfordshire. I completed my post-graduate MSc in Strength and Conditioning in 2014 from Middlesex University.

Alongside my academic role, I am an active practitioner, most recently leading the university scholar strength and conditioning programme, working with a variety of national and international level athletes. 

Research interests

I am currently undertaking research as part of a Professional Doctorate, exploring interventions HE Institutions can implement to increase the employability, retention and attainment of under-represented demographics within strength and conditioning. I supervise both UG and PGT research projects within the discipline of strength and conditioning including: 

  • Velocity-based training
  • Cueing for olympic weighlifting
  • Electromyography across gym-based movements
  • Strength, power and speed relationships

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation, and BSc Sport and Exercise Science within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

  • Module Coordinator - Strength and Conditioning Practice (L7)
  • Module Coordinator - Strength and Conditioning Development (L7)
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health (L5) 
  • UG and PG research projects