Staff Profile

  • Dr Charlie Roberts is a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition at the University of Northampton. He currently leads and teaches on multiple nutrition and physiology modules from L4 through to L7. Charlie is research-active and has won internal funding to further support his research interests of nutrition for health and well-being of different populations, and is involved with multiple research projects related to sports nutrition, public health, human physiology and behaviour change.

    Charlie was awarded a doctoral scholarship to complete a PhD at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. His research aims to identify and analyse the challenges associated with delivering nutrition support to professional rugby players in New Zealand, to improve practitioner awareness and the level of support provided to the athletes. Prior to this, he achieved an MSc in Human Nutrition with specialisation in Sport & Exercise Nutrition at the University of Glasgow and a BSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Northumbria University.

    Alongside his work in academia, Charlie developed his practical skills both in conjunction with and separately from his PhD, working within many athletic disciplines and levels such youth, developmental academy, recreational amateur and professional athletes. He currently works with athletes both internally and externally to the university. Charlie is accredited on the British Dietetic Associations Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register.

  • Module Leader:

    • SLS1010 – Introduction to Human Nutrition
    • SLS1006 – Introduction to Physiology
    • SLS1035 – Anatomy & Physiology 
    • SPOM035 – Partnership Project

    Contributes to:

    • SLS2012 – Public Health
    • SPO2018 – Sport Research Methods
    • SLS2021 – Nutritional Perspectives for Health, Exercise & Disease
    • SLS2027 – Research Methods in Health
    • SLS3007 – Integrated Perspectives on Disease  
    • SLS3008 – Sport & Exercise Nutrition  
    • L6 Dissertation Supervision  
    • Roberts, C., Gill, N. and Sims, S., 2020. The influence of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on perceived nutrition habits in Rugby Union players. Frontiers in Nutrition, p.216.
    • Roberts, C., Gill, N., Darry, K., Posthumus, L. and Sims, S., 2022. Daily protein distribution patterns in professional and semi-professional male Rugby Union players. The Journal of Sport and Exercise Science.
    • Roberts, C., Beaven, C., Gill, N., Posthumus, L. and Sims, S. 2022. Application of a nutrition support protocol to encourage optimisation of nutrient intake in provincial academy rugby union athletes in New Zealand: practical considerations and challenges from a team-based case study. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 
    • Roberts, C.J., Hurst, H.T. and Hardwicke, J. Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating in Competitive Cycling: A Scoping Review. Behavioral Science. 2022, 12, 490. 
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Charlie Roberts’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.