SU in mourning following death of officer

It is with deep regret that we have to let you know that Rob Tyrrell, The SU’s new Activities Officer, died yesterday morning (Monday 29 June 2020) from what we understand was an underlying health condition.

Rob has many friends throughout the student community, having been active in many student groups, including RAG and People & Planet, and been a Freshers’ Week Captain and Academic Rep.

He was also very active in the Engineering Faculty as part of the MEng Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programme.

“As the incoming elected Activities Officer, Rob was very much looking forward to getting started in his new role and working with groups and societies across The SU,” said Andrew McLaughlin, Chief Executive of The SU.

“Our thoughts are with Rob’s family and friends who have lost someone with a natural warmth and enthusiasm that shone through everything he did. He will be sadly missed by us all.”

Dr Adrian Evans, Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, said: “I was really sorry to hear about Rob. He was actively involved in many aspects of departmental life and was universally liked by everyone he came in to contact with. His friendly, relaxed personality will be greatly missed by all our staff and students.”  

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “I am so very sad to hear of Rob’s death. Our community has lost someone who contributed so much and was on the cusp of playing an even more vital role through The SU. My thoughts are with Rob’s family and many friends at this very difficult time.”

Over the coming days and weeks we will be liaising with Rob’s family and the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering about remembering Rob and his role in the student community.

As part of this, students and staff can leave condolences and record their memories and pictures of Rob on the memorial forum

Wellbeing Advisors are available by phone or Skype and can provide a confidential space for students to talk through any feelings or concerns that you have. They can also point you in the direction of further support or practical help.

You might also like to seek support from the University Chaplain, SU Advice & Support, or Cruse Bereavement Care.

At this stage, we do not know about funeral arrangements, but we will share this information when it is available for those who might like to attend.

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