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About Dr David Perrin

Current Work

Deputy Head of the Centre for Professional & Economic Development (CPED). Also Head of Subject and Framework Leader of Work Based & Integrative Studies (WBIS) which has over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University. Heavily involved in curriculum design and accreditation services work, particularly with outside agencies and employers which have included the Cabinet Office, RAF, Department of Work and Pensions and a range of private-sector providers.


From Wrexham in North Wales, studied Politics at the University of Liverpool, being awarded a Ph.D in political and economic theory in 1995. Formerly a lecturer in politics and applied economics, first at Liverpool and then the University of Wales, and has written widely in the field, including a book and a variety of articles on contemporary political and economic issues.

Since coming to Chester in 2000, has worked closely with large public sector organisations and has operated as a consultant on behalf of the University advising a range of organisations in the public and private sectors alike.

Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Head of the Centre for Professional & Economic Development, line-managing all the academic staff in the department plus the Office Manager. Has overall responsibility for the academic management and leadership of the University's WBIS framework and the Doctorate in Professional Studies, and is also the WBIS Programme Leader for both the undergraduate and postgraduate modular programmes. In addition, acts as adviser to the University's WBIS Approval Panel.

Currently External Examiner, Roehampton University, London, and Kingston University, London. External member, Middlesex University Accreditation Board. Regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to other universities and public bodies. Also undertakes teaching and research supervision (e.g. Ph.D, D.Prof), acts as an External Examiner for doctoral theses,  and is a reviewer for a number of academic journals (eg. Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of Higher Education, Skills, & WBL).  Associate/Consultant for the Higher Education Academy.


  • Various University of Chester committees and panels
  • Fellow and Associate of the Higher Education Academy
  • Advisory Board, IN Professional Development (INPD)


  • Self Review & Negotiation of Learning
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
  • Supervision of Negotiated Experiential Learning Modules

Previously taught (at other universities):

  • Political Philosophy,
  • Modern British Politics,
  • Western European Politics,
  • Introductory Economics and Applied Economics.


  • Negotiated work-based learning
  • Credit and the accreditation/recognition of prior learning
  • Political and economic theory
  • Public policy

Published Work

2018  ‘Exploring the Power of High-Level Postgraduate International Partnership WBL Programmes’, book chapter in Enhancing Employability in Higher Education Through Work Based Learning (with P.Weston and D.Meakin), Palgrave Macmillan         

2017 ‘The Challenges of Managing Degree Apprentices in the Workplace: A Manager’s Perspective’ in the Journal of Work-Applied Management, Vol 9, No.2, (with L. Rowe and D. Moss); journal article                         

2016 ‘Trailblazing the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: Trials and Tribulations’ in the Journal Of Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning, Vol 6, No.4 (with L. Rowe and T. Wall); journal article

2015 ‘Make Your Learning Count’, book chapter in the Work Based Learning Student Handbook (edited by R. Helyer, revised and extended 2nd edition), Palgrave Macmillan              

2015 'Slavoj Žižek: A Žižekian Look at Education’ (with T. Wall); book, published by Springer

2014 Edited ‘Bowie's Piano Man: the life of Mike Garson’ by C.Slapper; book, published by Fantom Books

2014 ‘Americanisation of Southern African political campaigns’ in the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, volume 8(1) (with E. Simenti-Phiri and P. Harris); journal article

2014 ‘Risk management and cultural virtue in HE co-delivery arrangements’ in Quality Assurance in Education, Vol.22, no.2 (with J.Talbot and D.Meakin); journal article

2013 ‘The Americanisation of Southern African Political Campaigns: A comparative study from Malawi and South Africa’ at Academy of  Marketing Science Conference in California (with E. Simenti-Phiri and P. Harris); conference paper

2012 ‘Are American-Style campaigns the Model for Other Countries: A Case Study of Emerging Democracies in Southern Africa’ paper to the British Library for their American Presidential Election Conference (with E. Simenti-Phiri and P. Harris); conference paper

2011 ‘Building the Capacity of Higher Education to Deliver Programmes of Work Based Learning’ in Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning (with D. Major and D.Meakin); journal article.

2010, ‘Make Your Learning Count’ in the Work Based Learning Student Handbook edited by R. Helyer and published by Palgrave Macmillan; book chapter.

2009, ‘Facilitating Employer Engagement Through Negotiated Work Based Learning: A Case Study from the University of Chester’; report commissioned & published by HEFCE.

2007, ‘The RAF Foundation Degrees: Meeting Employer Need - A Consortium Approach’; paper in WBL Futures; journal published by UVAC.

2005, Perceptions of Higher Level Learning and Accreditation Within the Royal Air Force (with D.Young of Derby Univ); research report.

2000, The Socialist Party of Great Britain: Politics, Economics and Britain's Oldest Socialist Party (Bridge Books); book.

Also, sundry articles on economics, financial affairs and politics in the current affairs press.