Dr Rob Burgess

Name: Dr Rob Burgess
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: PGCE Physical Education Course Leader
Email: burgesr@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education



2007 – present     PGCE Physical Education Course Leader, Edge Hill University
2004 – present     Senior Lecturer Physical Education, PGCE, Edge Hill University
1991 – 2004          Teacher of Physical Education, Rainhill High School, St Helens
1988 – 1990          Director of Physical Education, Kuwait English School
1985 – 1988          I/C Boys Physical Education, St Peters High School, Orrell
1983 – 1985          Teacher of Physical Education, St Thomas More High School, Wigan


2016 – 2020          External Examiner North East Partnership SCITT
2010 – 2015          Additional Ofsted Inspector with CfBT


  • Professional Doctorate in Education – Liverpool John Moores University (2016)
  • Master in Education – University of Manchester (1991)
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) Physical Education – Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (1983)


Rob has worked in a range of Secondary schools both in the UK and in the Middle East. He has held a range of positions of responsibility and worked in a number of roles. Rob has experience as a Head of Department, Exams Officer and Outdoor Education Co-ordinator. Alongside his teaching practice he is also an Additional Ofsted Inspector. Rob is recognised for his expertise in Physical Education and Initial Teacher Education. Academically Rob’s research focuses on High Quality Physical Education and the concept of Physical Literacy. Professionally Rob is passionate about allowing all children to experience high quality Physical Education. He is committed to this and to ensuring they continue to be physically active throughout their lives.

Interests & Achievements:


After working for 21 years in school, Dr Rob Burgess has worked in Higher Education for fourteen years. Academically he is qualified with a Bachelor of Education (Hons), Master in Education and has completed a Doctorate encompassing:

  • high quality physical education
  • physical literacy
  • occupational/ professional socialisation
  • habitus


  • Member of the Association for Physical Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner North East Partnership SCITT


Research Interests:

  • Physical Education and physical activity
  • Research into high quality physical education and physical literacy.
  • Teaching and Learning

Published work:

Burgess, R. and Griffiths, G. (2018), Physical Education: Why is it, What is it, Who Knows?, Physical Education Matters

Burgess, R. (2013), Achieving High Quality Physical Education through Physical Literacy, Physical Education Matters, 8 (1) 12-13.

Burgess, R, (2013), Achieving High Quality Physical Education Through the National Curriculum, Physical Education Matters, 8 (2) 53-54.

Burgess, R. (2013), Physical Education or Sport, Physical Education Matters, 8 (3) 19-21.

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise:

Conference Presentations:

Rob Burgess, Mike Goulding, I’m a Primary Non-Specialist PE teacher, get me out of here, British Educational Research Association

External Collaborations/Partnership Activity:

External Examiner for the North East Partnership SCITT

<Back to Staff Profiles