Richard Reynolds is currently training to be a barrister with the College of Law and Middle Temple. He is also a member of Goodenough College, a Free Representation Unit volunteer at the Employment and Employment Appeals Tribunals, and one of the organisers of Sp!ked Live events.
Previously, he worked on two public inquiries regarding alleged human rights abuses during the British occupation of Iraq; the Baha Mousa and Al Sweady Public Inquiries. Having worked before and during university on the Times Higher Education and Times Education Supplements, he returned to work with the Times Higher Education in the summer of 2010 and worked on the World University Rankings until early 2011. Richard has written widely, including for: Times Higher Education, Spiked, Free Society and the Tablet.
Richard graduated from UEA with a BA in philosophy, politics and economics in 09 and a Grad.Dip.Law in 2010. While a student, he was the founder and head of the student wing of the Academics For Academic Freedom campaign group. A passionate campaigner for liberties, he successfully overturned the NUS’ “no platform” policy at UEA in 2007 which kicked off a spate of referenda on the issue around the country – most of which were successful. Further, he held a range of roles in his students union including chair of the council, and president of the newspaper, Concrete. In 2005 he won the best individual award at the Academy of Ideas and Pfizer Debating Matters national final, after which he took up an internship at the Academy of Ideas.
Caught in the Web - Rob Killick
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Andrew Copson, chief executive, British Humanist Association