‘The Railway Doctor’ becomes visiting professor

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:15:00 BST

Paul Salveson the Railway Doctor News item

Dr Paul Salveson, known as ‘The Railway Doctor’, has been appointed a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield.  The five-year honorary appointment began on 1 September.

Paul originated the concept of ‘community railways’ and set up the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, which is still based in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield.

Paul now works as an independent consultant and writer on rail issues.  He has a doctorate from the University of Salford, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a member of the TSSA and was awarded an MBE for services to the railway industry in 2008.  

He began his railway career as a guard at Blackburn in 1975 and worked as a signalman in the Bolton area before working in adult education and journalism.

“The visiting professorship is a very great honour and I’m really thrilled at the prospect of working with colleagues at the University,” said Paul.  “There are some exciting opportunities to link my expertise in local rail development with other aspects of transport studies and several other cross-departmental disciplines,” he added.

Professor Colin Bamford, the University’s Head of the Department of Logistics and Hospitality Management and Associate Dean, welcomed Paul’s appointment: “I am delighted that Paul has accepted this honorary position.  His wealth of knowledge and experience will benefit the experience of our students.”

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