Richard oversees schools’ engagement with IRIS and provides specialist support to students doing original research. His focus is to inspire and develop students’ interest in academic research and to nurture high-quality and impactful research and communication.
Richard brings experience and a wealth of knowledge to his post, formerly a physics teacher for state and independent schools and a successful academic researcher.
Following his PhD studies at the University of Oxford, Richard held posts at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Leeds. During this time, he led or participated in a number of scientific expeditions to the Himalaya, the Libyan Sahara, the Italian Apennines, the massifs of central Turkey and the deserts and mountains of the Western USA.
He has contributed over 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and communicated his research through TV, radio and books. Richard is a qualified Mountain Leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.