Richard joined the university in 2013 having worked in online, radio, TV and print journalism. He was variously a journalist, producer and broadcaster for Sky News, BBC Radio 5 live and Xfm among many others, and established the Saddleworth News hyperlocal journalism site.
His PhD on court reporting in the UK's local media is due for completion through Cardiff University in 2019. His preliminary findings were referenced in the Cairncross Review into the future of high-quality journalism. Richard is the course leader for BA (Hons) Journalism and BA (Hons) Music Journalism. He is the leader of the first year module Technology and the third year modules Journalism Innovation and Investigative Journalism.