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Gwenyth Shaw obituary

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My mother, Gwenyth Shaw, who has died aged 95, gave up a lectureship in economics at Liverpool University in 1946 – the year she married – to follow her new husband, Roy Shaw, to his first job as a Workers’ Educational Association tutor in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Although she taught adult classes in railway economics at Hull University during the winter of 1946-47, thereafter she devoted herself largely to raising their five sons and twin daughters. She found time, however, to gain a first in humanities from the Open University (her second degree), to lecture in further education in Stoke-on-Trent and to teach courses on the poetry of Philip Larkin jointly with Roy after he retired in 1983.

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