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Before working in Higher Education, Richard worked professionally in the music industry for over twenty years, with production, songwriting and synchronisation credits that include Universal Films, Sony Music, RCA, Rough Trade, Warner Bros, and Geffen Records.

In 2009 Universal Music awarded him with a Double Platinum Disc for his work as a songwriter with the artist Duffy. As a session musician he has worked and played guitar for many high-profile artists, including Dido, on her 7-x platinum selling album, Life For Rent, Lene Marlin, McAlmont and Butler, John Squire and Urge Overkill.

Prior to taking Course Leadership at Hereford College of Arts, Richard was Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Principal Lecturer at the University of South Wales.

Richard is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and continues to be active in the music industry.