Richard is a Principal Lecturer and Head of Student Experience, Progression, Attainment and Employability in the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing. Prior to joining Wolverhampton in 2011, Richard was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (Hartpury), and had previously spent 4 years at the University of Worcester where he completed his PhD in Physical Education. Richard teaches on a range of modules across the BA (Hons) Sports Culture Media and Development course and the BA (Hons) Youth Sport. He has previously taught on postgraduate courses in Sport and Leisure, and TNE provision in Singapore.
Richard is co-convenor for the Sport Culture and Physical Education research group, within which he supervises a number of PhD students relating to Sports Development and minority experiences of sport and physical activity. Broadly speaking, Richard’s research interests relate to ethnographic methods and new (visual) technologies which help to further our understanding of how individuals and marginalised populations experience and make sense of their sporting and educational lives. Specifically, his work currently relates to the sporting and educational experiences of children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
Outside of Wolverhampton, Richard is an External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth University. He is a Trustee and Director of Sport4Like UK. Richard is on the leadership group of the European Sport Development Network, and Chaired ESDN2014 at the University of Wolverhampton. Previously he was a member of the Local Organising Committee of ICSEMIS2012.