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Delmar to be succeeded by former student

A former student of legendary photojournalism tutor Paul Delmar has been chosen to succeed him at Sheffield’s Norton College.

Robert Rathbone, left, will lead the college’s press photography and photojournalism course from November, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

The course has launched the careers of some of the UK’s best press photographers but there were fears it would be forced to close because of government funding cuts to further education.

Former course leader Paul Delmar left the college in the summer and principal Andrew Cropley confirmed the course would still run – despite potential students being told they would have to pay the full fees of £3,600.

Mr Cropley said: “We are glad to be able to continue offering this unique and highly valued training course.”

Robert, 48, completed his training with Cumbrian Newspapers then worked for EMPICS in Nottingham and News Team in Birmingham, before setting up his own business in 1988.

He is a British Press Awards winner who has supplied images to national newspapers, magazines, television companies and other clients for more than 20 years.

Nottingham-based Robert is also a member of the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ photographic board and said he was delighted to have been picked to run the course.

And he has won the backing of former tutor Paul, who had a retirement party in September, which was attended by around 100 of his former students.

He said: “I am very pleased with Robert’s appointment. Robert is a former student with strong credentials.

“He’s won awards, set up a successful business, guest lectured at the college and understands the skills that the NCTJ and industry require. I wish him well.”

The course will start on 9 November and the college says places are still available.


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  • October 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Surprise surprise, Mr Rathbone gets the job. Already on the NCTJ board & a drinking buddy of Paul Delmars. I hope the lack of imagination in the selection process doesn’t result in an iconic course disappearing for good!!!

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