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Top photojournalism course saved from closure

A prestigious photojournalism course which was under threat of being axed will continue, a college has confirmed.

The course at Norton College, Sheffield, has launched the careers of some of the UK’s best press photographers but funding cutbacks to post-16 education led to fears it could close.

A recruitment drive has now started to find a new part-time tutor for the course – which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists – after well-respected course leader Paul Delmar is understood to have taken redundancy.

The next course is scheduled to run for six months from November but those attending will have to pay the full fees of £3,600, up from the current £1,500.

Principal Andrew Cropley said: “The college has received sufficient interest from prospective students to justify recruiting a new tutor. We are advertising the post this month.

“The course is due to start in November once a suitably skilled and qualified lecturer has been appointed.

“We would like to thank former course leader Paul Delmar for his outstanding commitment and contribution to the college and his students.

“Paul is highly respected and has inspired scores of photographers to succeed. He will be sorely missed. We wish him all the very best for the future.”

Paul Delmar left the college last week and was praised in a blog by photographer Robert Rathbone.


Ian Day (05/08/2010 09:37:35)
Good news that the course has been saved, but the NCTJ will find it very hard to find another Paul Delmar. The man has a passion for press photography like no other, I would like to wish Paul the very best of luck for the future and thank him for all help and advice over the years. Paul, I owe you a couple of pints the next time we bump into each other !!