Jan 10 2020

Today our thoughts are with the family, friends, colleagues, here at Royal Holloway and across the world, following the death of Dr Richard Smith.

Richard had been at Royal Holloway for 29 years. He arrived from Edinburgh and joined what was then the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Economics. During his early years at Royal Holloway Richard worked on an ESRC project examining the implications of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 for youth culture. This interest in young people is something which pervaded Richard’s academic interests and featured heavily in his teaching of the cultures associated with young people.

Richard was one of the founding members of a group of academics who formed the Centre for Criminology and Sociology in September 2009. His particular love of music constituted the basis for the development of an innovative module for the BSc Criminology and Sociology programme entitled Lost in Music which over many years has been greatly appreciated by students. Richard was able to combine his passion for music and for educating young people to the immense benefit of countless students. He also made a significant contribution to the teaching of Sociology across the College being a key member of staff on the inter School MA programme on Consumption, Culture and Marketing and the staff liaison for visiting students.   

In more recent years Richard dedicated himself to the smooth functioning of recruitment and assessment processes, combining the role of both admissions tutor and exams officer within the Centre for Criminology and Sociology, the predecessor to the current Department of Law and Criminology.

Richard’s passion for supporting students and his dry sense of humour in the face of the changing landscape of higher education touched everyone he met. Richard will be very sorely missed by all those who worked and studied with him.

Richard's funeral is on Friday 31 January at 3.30pm at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3DW.