Dr Richard Collins is a retired academic. He sailed under various flags, latterly as Professor of (pick one) Journalism/Media Studies/Sociology. His academic career spanned the post 1992 sector and the Russell Group with agreeable and instructive excursions in Australian, Belgian, Canadian, South African and USA universities. He was also Head of Education and, subsequently, Deputy Director at the British Film Institute. His scholarly work has received recognition beyond the academy, notably in a twice renewed appointment as Specialist Advisor to House of Lords Select Committees on media matters; as a consultant to firms and government agencies in the UK and overseas and in giving invited evidence to Parliamentary enquiries in Australia, Sweden, the UK and to the European Parliament. He now exasperates himself and partners playing bridge; he watches cricket and serves as a Governor of Moorfields Eye Hospital.