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Richard is the Director of Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford, based at MediaCity UK.

Previously, he worked as Subject Area Leader for Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield, and before that was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer there. His PhD on court reporting in the UK's local media was completed through Cardiff University.

Prior to entering academia, Richard 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


  • 2023–present
    Head of department, University of Salford
  • 2020–2023
    Subject area leader, University of Huddersfield
  • 2017–2020
    Senior lecturer, University of Huddersfield
  • 2013–2017
    Lecturer, University of Huddersfield