Dr Richard Phillips

Teacher of Physics, House Assistant – Pinkie, DofE coordinator, Borealis Society lead

Richard taught Physics in London before embarking on a DPhil in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. His research was focussed at the interface between physics and geology and primarily concerned earthquake hazard and mountain building processes. Following Oxford, Richard continued his research interests, holding posts at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh and latterly the University of Leeds. During this time he led or participated in a number of 3-week to 4-month long scientific expeditions to the Western Karakoram in Pakistan, the Eastern Karakoram in NW India, the southern Libyan Sahara, the Italian Apennines, the massifs of central Turkey, the deserts and mountains of the Western USA and a slow ride down the Colorado River. Closer to home, Richard has led or contributed to student field trips to Iceland, the French Alps, the Pyrenees, Greece, the NW Highlands, Arran, the Cairngorms, and the Outer Hebrides. He has contributed over 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and communicated his research through TV, radio and books. Richard is a qualified Mountain Leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  

Richard joined Loretto to teach Physics in 2016. He holds a commission with the CCF (Army) and is House Assistant at Pinkie House, Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) coordinator and leader of the Borealis Society. His interests include climbing, sea-kayaking and running.