Staff profile

James Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science


Outdoor and Adventure Sport


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Buxton Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science. I am programme leader for both BSc (Hons) Performance Analysis and Coaching Science and BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development programmes. I deliver across a wide variety of the Sport and Outdoor modules but specialise in the subject areas of perceptual-cognitive expertise, visual attention and technique analysis. I like to emphasise the importance of applied research within my teaching. I feel very privileged to be involved with my current research activity, working alongside a diverse range of international-level coaches to better understand how expertise in sports coaching is developed.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Performance Analysis and Coaching Science and BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development programmes. In addition, I have module leader responsibility for Integrated Sports Science, Coaching and Skill Acquisition, Applied Movement Analysis and Management of the Adventure Experience modules.

Professional interests

I have been a passional climber/mountaineer for the past 25 years, climbing all over the world. I enjoy all disciplines of climbing - trad, sport, ice, alpine, big wall climbing and still get out as regularly as possible. Outside of climbing, I enjoy mountain biking, fell running, surfing, caving and basically anything that involves being in the outdoor environment.

Research interests

My research interest is currently focused on utilising eye-tracking technology to better understand coaching expertise. I am currently working with top-level climbing coaches from five different national climbing teams to better understand expertise in the use of observational analysis. I am using a similar methodology to explore expertise in the coaching of kayaking and golf.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent publications