Academic leader and sport programme manager, Richard Penton, joined Southampton Solent University (then the Southampton Institute) in 1994 to set up the sport and leisure courses. Since then, the sport portfolio has been expanded from one HND programme to over seven sport degrees. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sociology degree from Goldsmiths College London and also holds an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and a postgraduate certificate in education (further and higher education).
Richard has always been interested in sport from both the playing and academic angles. He is a great believer in the need for multi-disciplinary courses involving practical, business and social science skills, as the best grounding for those intending to work in the world of sport.
His favourite pastime is watching and reading about sport.
Richard's main teaching interests are in the sociology of sport and contemporary sports issues while his research interests are in rugby union and all aspects of inequality in sport.