He is external examiner at the University of Bournemouth (BSc (Hons) Sports Management & Development and Coaching Sciences) and the University of Chichester (the MSc Sports Coaching Science). Recent invited validations include the League Managers Association (PG Football Administration) and the UCFB Wembley (MA International Sports Marketing).
Before GCU, Robert worked full-time as a sports science first team coach in British professional football and was formerly the lead physical preparation staff tutor for the SFA professional coaching licences. He is currently developing a mentoring model for student transition into football science and fitness careers and his applied work was presented at the SFA National Coaching Conference in 2014, World Congress on Science and Football 2015 and the Science and Football Conference 2015.
Robert is a member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES), the Scottish Football Association Technical and Sports Science groups and the Glasgow network of HE and FE institutions steering group. He was formerly on the Board of Management at the Scottish Men’s Health Forum and part of the BASES special interest group on paediatric fitness. As a qualified teacher of Secondary Physical Education, Robert was a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Educational Institute of Scotland
He is currently Head of Football Science at both the Fife Elite Football Academy and Airdrie Football Club and is a member of the advisory board at the Royton Youth Action Community Sports Hub.