Rich is a popular music practitioner, researcher and academic and works as a senior lecturer on both the Music Technology and Popular Music courses.
He holds a degree in popular music studies from the University of Leeds and is soon to be completing his PhD - the subject of which is popular music higher education. Through his research Rich has given conference presentations in both the U.S and UK and his writing on creativity within the ensemble performance curriculum was published in the International Journal for Music Education in 2015.
Rich is also an active musician with an international profile and has worked as a performer and recording artist specialising in electric guitar. As well as this, he has worked as a music educator for nearly twenty years in primary, secondary and tertiary environments, teaching electric guitar, music performance, studio recording and contextual studies. Rich has also worked as a music examiner for Rock School and as visiting lecturer in Coventry University and the University of West London, as well as Course Leader in his most recent role prior to taking up the post at the University of Wolverhampton.