Honorary Doctorate - 2007
Richard Dale is the creative director of Dangerous Films, a groundbreaking film production company known for producing emotionally complex films about major landmark events.
After graduating from Cambridge, Richard began a two year production training programme for the BBC. From here he was involved in a range of factual programmes including Tomorrow's World, Horizon and QED.
In 1995 Richard began three years' work on The Human Body, one of the most ambitious science series ever made. The Human Body features Sheffield Hallam's Chancellor, Professor Robert Winston, who described it as ‘a show for anyone who has a body'. The Human Body was awarded several BAFTAs, including one for Innovation, and Richard was personally awarded the title of Medical Broadcaster of the Year by the British Medical Association.
After concentrating on documentary, Richard moved into drama, working on programmes such as EastEnders and Teachers. Setting up Dangerous Films in 2003, its first film, D-Day, combined actors with people playing themselves. Richard describes it as 'a present tense experience' - people who have been through such experiences reliving them with every telling.
The film, The Twin Towers, was planned only two years after 9/11 and initially provoked outrage. But on its transmission on the fifth anniversary it was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a BAFTA.
Dangerous Films has won two BAFTAs, and been nominated five times, along with several EMMY nominations. Richard has personally won two BAFTAs and three nominations, one EMMY and one nomination, and five Royal Television Society Awards.