The University and The SU are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rob Tyrrell, The SU’s incoming Activities Officer.

Rob was active in many student groups including RAG and People & Planet, as well as a Freshers’ Week Captain and Academic Rep. He was also a valued member of the Faculty of Engineering & Design and the MEng (Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programme.

Andrew McLaughlin, Chief Executive of The SU, said: “Rob had a natural warmth and enthusiasm that shone through everything he did. He always made people feel welcome and included, and was active in many student groups, playing a big role in the student community. Rob was very much looking forward to starting in his new role in The SU. We were very much looking forward to working with Rob and all of us who knew him will miss him dearly.”

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.”

The University and The SU are working on plans to mark Rob’s life. Students and staff can leave condolences and record their memories and pictures of Rob on the memorial forum.

We know that Rob’s death will affect fellow students, friends and staff and a range of support is available: