Staff profile

Dr Scott Nicholls

Lecturer in Performance Analysis


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Performance Analysis and I teach primarily on the BSc Performance Analysis and Coaching Science and MSc Sports Science programmes.

I am a performance analyst with a mixed background stemming across the elite professional sports world and the British Olympic and Paralympic system including a number of national organisations such as; England rugby, British tennis, canoe slalom, cycling, sailing, para-swimming, handball, goalball, port vale FC and squash. I have been extremely lucky to have travelled to a number of home and international competitions across the world within a wide selection of these roles and experiences.

In addition, the nature of my previous role within applied sport also provided the opportunity to be involved and gain insight into a number of smaller projects such as those with the FA, FIFA, UEFA, and UK Sport.

I completed a PhD at Middlesex University in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport focusing on the use and integration of performance analysis and feedback within the Olympic and Paralympic environments.

Teaching responsibilities

I module lead and teach on the following modules as part of the Performance Analysis and Coaching Science and MSc Sport and Exercise Science programmes:

I also have supervision involvement for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of performance analysis but I have a keen interest in the following areas:


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