Death of Professor Mike Rose

Colleagues across the University will be sad to learn of the sudden death of Mike Rose from Social & Policy Sciences on the evening of 18 August.


  • The funeral will take place on Tuesday 1 September at 12.30pm at Haycombe Crematorium, Whiteway Road, Bath, BA2 2RQ. Refreshments will be served afterwards in Norton St Phillip. (No flowers please.)


A personal tribute by Geof Wood, Professor of International Development:

Mike had had a heart condition for 20 years since his last attack, taking early retirement at that time. However, he never left the University, having part-time contracts, gaining a professorship and being a key entrant in the social policy RAE.

He remained amazingly active in his research on work trajectories, careers and satisfaction at work. He was still coordinating the ESRC Seminar and Network grant on ‘Work Attitude Measures in Large Multi-User Surveys’, displaying his expertise in creating and managing large quantitative data sets.

He was a sociologist, a pioneer of methods and still at the top of his game.

He had four major ESRC awards in the last ten years.

He published nine books, 69 articles and his work had a high media profile.

He was well known across Europe and North America. He had just been awarded an Emeritus Professorship from Bath.

Mike was on my interview panel 36 years ago, and I instantly recognised a complex, delightful intellectual.

He nurtured and also teased his new, younger colleagues.

He was amused by the antics of those around him whether in or out of power. He satirised pomposity wherever he found it, quizzical in conversation, sceptical but never cynical. A great mimic.

He looked after colleagues and family in need. He had a good network of friends who respected him and enjoyed his impish company. A wonderful and generous host.

He found the love of his life in Jane, and she reciprocated.

Our thoughts are with her and Mike’s family.

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