Professor Richard Haynes


Communications, Media and Culture University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Richard Haynes

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Richard Haynes is Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Media Sport. He is also Director of Research for the Division of Communications, Media and Culture.

Richard began his academic career as a Research Assistant in the Unit for Law and Popular Culture creating the largest collection of football fanzines in the world at Manchester Metropolitan University (1991-92) now held in the National Football Museum in Manchester. He completed his ESRC-funded PhD on the relationships between television and football at the University of Strathclyde (1993-96) before joining the University of Stirling as Research Fellow investigating men viewing violence funded by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (1996-98). As a member of staff in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture he has subsequently conducted research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government. 

His last book, 'BBC Sport in Black and White' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) provides the first in-depth study of the formative history of televised sport on the BBC and is based on thousands of documents from the BBC's Written Archives Centre and interviews with senior producers and commentators of the period. In 2017 the book was awarded the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for the best sport history book of the year.

He is co-investigator on the project GOALD, Generating Older Active Lives Digitally funded as part of the UKRI/ISCF Social Behavioural and Design Research Programme (ESRC, £1.6m).

With the University Archivist, Karl Magee, Richard works closely with Team Scotland to conserve and publicly exhibit their archive. He also works with a number of sport organisations and museums.


PhD (English)
University of Strathclyde

MPhil (Law)
Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)
Leeds Metropolitan University

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Scotland's Sporting Heritage - The Hosts and Champions Exhibition
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The Hosts and Champions exhibition was based on the Commonwealth Games Scotland archive held in the university archives. Originally part of the cultural festival for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games it became a travelling exhibition.