Dr David Perrin

Head of Department, The Centre for Work Related Studies


David has a background as an academic and writer on political and economic theory, though over the last decade and more has developed an interest in academic credit and accreditation of prior learning issues in Higher Education, now running one of Europe’s largest HE accreditation frameworks for adult learners in work.

Current Work

Director in the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS). Also Head of Subject and Framework Leader of Work Based & Integrative Studies (WBIS) which has around 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University. Heavily involved in curriculum design and accreditation services work, particularly with outside agencies and employers including the Cabinet Office, 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

Director of  the Centre for Work Related Studies, 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, Birkbeck College, London, and Kingston University. External member, Middlesex University Accreditation Board. External Adviser, University of Derby Standing Approval Panel. 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 of the Higher Education Academy


  • Self Review & Negotiation of Learning
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
  • Supervision of Negotiated Experiential Learning Modules
  • Policy modules co-delivered with outside organisations.

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

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)

2015 ‘Make Your Learning Count’ in the Work Based Learning Student Handbook (revised and extended 2nd edition)               

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