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25 Sep 2015

One of the University of Chester’s most inspiring lecturers has retired from teaching after more than quarter of a century.

Dave Grimshaw, former Radio Production Programme Leader, had been based at the Warrington Campus for more than 29 years, starting off as a student and later, becoming a lecturer.

He joined the staff at Warrington in 1989, when it was still North Cheshire College, following a successful career as a news producer and broadcast journalist with BBC Radio Merseyside. He had been a student at the College, graduating with a BA in Audio-Visual Communications combined with Theatre Studies.

He was the driving force behind setting up the University’s award winning student-run radio station, The Cat Radio, so-called in reference to the Alice in Wonderland character, the Cheshire Cat- author Lewis Carroll was born in the Warrington village of Daresbury. In November 2014, The Cat Radio won silver in the Student Radio Awards 2014, one month after beating some of the biggest names in broadcasting, to scoop a prestigious national Jerusalem Award.

Just last year, Dave was crowned, ‘Most inspiring Lecturer’ in Chester Students’ Union’s Above and Beyond Awards.

He said: “That was very flattering because at the end of the day, I’m simply doing my job. Teaching for me has been an accidental career, but the reason I’ve stayed so long is the people – working with my colleagues and the students has been an inspiration for me.”

Although now retired from teaching, Dave is not about to hang up his headphones just yet!

He added: “I have a list of radio and audio design projects in mind, but I’m definitely going to shift my work-life balance over, towards the life side!”

Professor Peter Harrop, former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Warrington Campus, said: “Dave has made a tremendous contribution to student experience and employability across both our Media degree programmes and the Cat Radio which has been part of the fabric of the Campus for many years, Dave’s accessible blending of theory and professional practice will be much missed.”


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