In September 1994, Richard started at Leeds Trinity (when it was known as Trinity and All Saints College), where he undertook a BA (Hons) Management and Media degree course. He was in the first Management and Media cohort that was run as a joint honours course.
Now over to Richard to tell his Leeds Trinity story:
"I am also often found telling my own students anecdotes from my time at Leeds Trinity or as they would probably put it, boring them with stories of ancient history and my youth."
My joint honours included
professional work placements
at both the BBC and BRMB (Now Free Radio). After successfully completing my undergraduate degree I had a short stint working in television in London before moving into several management positions in the telecommunications sector based in Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester and Nottingham and travelling the length and breadth of the UK in expensive company cars for a living; which I thoroughly loved.
The picture on the left was taken when I was a student at Leeds Trinity.
In 2003, I decided to take a career break from telecoms and in 2004 enrolled on the first of several
to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCE) in Post Compulsory Education at UCE; during which I taught Basic Skills in Prison Education in Bromsgrove.
After completing my PCE, I went on to work and manage as an Assistant Director at South Birmingham College in Basic Skills and Work Based Learning, managing teams of teachers teaching Adult Basic Skills both within the college environments and in various workplaces and satellite centres around the West Midlands and wider conurbation.
During my time doing this, I also completed a PCE in English Language. The irony was that English was one of my least favourite subjects whilst at school, but I must have had a decent grounding in the subject as I passed with flying colours gaining a second, this time from the University of Leicester.
In 2011, I decided once again I wanted to move onwards and upwards and enrolled on my third postgraduate degree, this time a Masters (MSc) in Computing, at Birmingham City University (BCU).
In 2012, I completed my Masters (all with merits and distinctions) and in that September I started lecturing in various undergraduate IT modules, IT project management and academic skills and research methods amongst others at Coventry University in the new Coventry University College.
Following on from this, I moved to Birmingham City University in September 2014, and then on to my current workplace of the
University of Worcester where I am currently a Lecturer employed teaching on Business IT, Web and Computing degrees, up to and including postgraduate level study. I currently teach subjects as disparate as Programming, Web and eBusiness, Data Analysis and IT Software Consultancy.
I am now living the highlife in South Birmingham, where I can often be found hacking my way around various golf courses or socialising in the 'teachers pubs' in Moseley; teaching being something I never in a million years saw myself doing while causing headaches for all of my wonderful lecturers at Leeds Trinity! Albeit obviously at the time I didn't see my teachers as anything near wonderful I hasten to add; but age, time and distance are great things.