Hugh Richards

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology


I lecture on post-graduate and undergraduate programmes in Performance Psychology, Applied Sport Science and Physical Education at the Univerity of Edinburgh.

I have applied psychology to professional performers from international level sport to business. I have worked with the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy 2011-2015, Pirelli Star Driver programme 2009-10, and the UK Motor Sport Association Race & Rally Elite programmes 2005-2010. Previously I provided consultant services to the Scottish Institute for Sport (badminton, swimming & curling), British Paralympic Association team at the 1998 World Championships, and various individual sports performers (including track and field athletics, rugby union, swimming, windsurfing, shooting, trials riding). I have been an advisor to the BBC on learning and performance.

I am a Chartered Psychologist (Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society), a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research summary

I have research interests and published in the areas of coping, talent, individual differences and professional development related to sport, military and music.

Knowledge exchange

Former & Current Partnerships include:

British Amputees and Les Autres Sport Association 1995-1998

British Paralympic Association at the Athletics World Championships in 1998.

Scottish Institute of Sport (2000-2005) swimming, badminton, curling.

British Motor Sport Association, Rally Elite & Academy (2005 – 2009)

Consultant advisor to BBC Learning Zone for Kids (2009), Interactive websites: Prepare for the Big Day; Control; Managing Stress; [see]

British MSA Team UK (2010-2011 )

Pirelli Star Driver Programme (2009-2011 )

FIA (Federation Internationale d’Automobile) Young Driver Excellence Academy 2011-2015

National Organ Retrieval Service/ Retrieval Edinburgh 2017-

Scottish Multi-Agency Resilience Training and Exercising Unit (SMARTEU)  2018-

Sport & Exercise; University of Edinburgh 2022-

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