Farewell to creative media tutor
Sheffield based veteran Leeds City College tutor, Dennis Harley, is calling it a wrap as he puts his lights and camera away for the last time as a creative media tutor.
Rewinding back to 1988, after some years in engineering, Dennis joined the college, formerly known as Kitson College, then Leeds College of Technology, to teach print.
He said: “I initially studied print at Kitson College and it wasn’t long before I was back on the other side of the desk, teaching a trade I had just learned.
“I was then trained in-service for a certificate in education, followed by a BA (hons) in Education and Training from the University of Huddersfield.
“I taught print for 23 years at all levels, until the college stopped its print provision in 2011. During this time, I was seconded part-time to ‘Polestar’ in Sheffield for three years, teaching Functional Skills English and Maths in the training room of this very large commercial printers.”
Following his stint there, Dennis returned to Leeds City College to pursue a change of career in teaching Creative Media - Film and TV.
"With the decline of print, I was fortunate enough to be allowed to put my long time passion for video into teaching and I have been sharing my knowledge with hundreds of young people over the last seven years.
“The whole experience has been an absolute pleasure. Teaching has been my true calling and making a difference to young people’s lives has given me immeasurable job satisfaction. There hasn’t been a single day where I haven’t wanted to get out of bed to work, even though, for the first 23 years, I travelled to work each day from the south side of Sheffield.”
After 30 years and five college principals later, Dennis is now looking forward to retiring and has plans to cruise on his narrow boat, pursue his singing interests and become more involved in his Christian charities.