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John-Paul is the former Vice President Academic Affairs 2016/17 at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union.

He was the lead officer in relation to Student Employability, the Student Academic Experience, Teaching & Learning, Union Campus activities and Student Representatives in the union.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Lincoln, John-Paul was involved in the Academic Representation system as a Course Rep, School Rep and College Officer and in various student engagement projects including the Student Staff Insight Scheme, Student Recruiters and more.

During his time as College of Arts Officer, he won two Students’ Union Awards in 2016, for a joint campaign ran with the SU President and two other College Officers looking at the employability services the university provided.

Alongside the Director of the Educational Development and Enhancement Unit (EDEU) at the University of Lincoln, he co-delivered a keynote address at the Jisc Change Agents' Network national meet-up in June 2016 on 'The University of Lincoln: a research-engaged and collaborative community' and students as partners.

He subsequently took up office as Vice President Academic Affairs in the Students’ Union from June 2016, following successful election in February 2016.

John-Paul graduated from the University of Lincoln with a First Class Honours degree in BA (Hons) Journalism in September 2016. During his degree, he built up experience in TV, radio and online.

This included producing multi-platform content and technical innovations for Siren FM in a variety of roles. These roles focussed on creating a more content-first website and special projects around outside broadcasts including technical aspects and digital output across multiple platforms.

He also completed work experience at BBC Radio Lincolnshire as a Broadcast Assistant on the Breakfast Show, taking listener calls, organising guests and pitching news stories. BBC Radio Lincolnshire was also the focus of John-Paul's third year dissertation project on how BBC local radio communicates with its audience.

John-Paul continues to take a keen interest in student engagement, higher education policy and digital communications.

RADIO Siren FM - City Vibe (Reporter/Presenter // October 2015 - April 2016)

As part of the third year 'Multiplatform Journalism: Radio major' module on the BA (Hons) Journalism course, I created packages and presented on our bi-weekly programme called City Vibe on Siren FM, Lincoln's first community radio station.


I have produced other packages and interviews throughout my time at Siren FM, including sourcing stories/content/interviews, editing and presenting.

Interview about St Barnabas Christmas Tree collection

Interview with the Mayor of Lincoln

Interview about volunteering

Article 4 Wrap

I have filmed, produced and edited videos on a freelance and voluntary basis for a number of groups and organisations.

Legal Minds: Alan Hardwick - Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
University of Lincoln Law Society

January 2016

Post guest lecture interview with Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who shared his thoughts on legal education, careers in law and the role of the law following his guest lecture as part of the University of Lincoln Law Society's Legal Minds series. My role was to interview, film and edit the video for the society.

Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Chapel-en-le-Firth Male Voice Choir joint concert

June 2015

I was asked to film a join concert of two male voice choirs in Lincoln with multiple camera angles at the start, edit and publish the video with graphics.

Lincoln Choral Society Summer Concert

June 2015

For the 2015 summer concert for the Lincoln Choral Society, they want it to be recorded for use around the choir and other uses too.

Lord Victor Adebowale's #onefreeminute
University of Lincoln

June 2015

On behalf of the University of Lincoln's Communications, Development and Marketing department, I recorded Lord Victor Adebowale's (Chancellor of the University) "what freedom means to you" clip for the #onefreeminute campaign.

Lord Adebowale takes over the Siren 107.3 airwaves
Siren FM

June 2015

Award-winning comedian, Reginald D Hunter, one of the UK’s most distinguished barristers, Baroness Helena Kennedy and Broadcaster & Visiting Professor, Angela Rippon join the Chancellor of The University of Lincoln, Lord Victor Adebowale as he takes over the Siren FM airwaves on Friday 5th June 2015. Produced by Andrew Wilson-David and Ed Wellman. Filmed and edited by John-Paul Dickie. With thanks to the University of Lincoln's Communications, Development and Marketing department.

Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Chapel-en-le-Firth Male Voice Choir joint concert

June 2015


Conference items/appearances

  • 'The University of Lincoln: a research-engaged and collaborative community' - keynote

    at the Jisc Change Agents' Network national meet-up, June 2016, University of Lincoln.

    Crawford, Karin and Dickie, John-Paul (2016) The University of Lincoln: a research-engaged and collaborative community. In: Jisc Change Agents' Network national meet-up, 2 June 2016, University of Lincoln.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A on the Teaching Excellence Framework and HEFCE's Quality Assessment Review.

    at QAA Quality Matters 2015, October 2015, Birmingham.


Web and design

Web design/development Siren FM refresh 2014

Building on an existing theme on Wordpress, I refreshed several parts of the website including the main homepage to make it more content driven about with a featured area, two content columns; one with recent content and the other to show other categories, and information regarding on air such as shows and a new addition of what was playing live.