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Peter Williams

Dr Peter Williams


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Lecturer in sports studies (see subjects taught below). Career in higher education began in 1991 after working in architecture and management, both at home and overseas.


  • Level 4 - Sports Development
  • Level 5 - Sport Psychology
  • Level 6 - Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

Rugby Union: history and professionalisation

Management of Professional Sports Leagues

Competitive Balance in Sport

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD (Manchester) 2000.
  • BSc (Hons) Management Sciences (UMIST) 1986.
  • Dip CIPD (1989)


Williams, P. (2012) 'Any Given Saturday: Competitive Balance in Elite English Rugby.' Managing Leisure, 17(2), pp.88-105.  (ABS 1 ranking)

Williams, P. (2008) 'Cycle of Conflict: A Decade of Strife in English Professional Rugby' The International Journal of the History of Sport, 25(4), pp.65-81.

Williams, P. (2002) 'Battle Lines on Three Fronts: the RFU and the Lost War Against Professionalism' The International Journal of the History of Sport, 19(4), pp.114-136.