The University is saddened by the death of Andrew Hutchinson, Head of Library Operational Services, who died suddenly whilst walking across campus to work on Thursday 2 March.

Andrew made a very significant contribution to the University throughout the eight years that he was with us. His work as Head of Library Operational Services was wide-ranging, working with a broad range of staff across the University and across his profession through his work with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Andrew applied his deep knowledge and experience of libraries and library management to improve our services here at the University, greatly benefitting our students and staff.

We will be opening a book of condolence in the foyer of the Library which will be shared with his family and everyone is welcome to add their message.

An area by the pillar base monument on the grass slope above the Lake has also been prepared for anyone who wishes to leave flowers.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian, said: “Andrew was a gentle and caring man who took his work very seriously. He loved what he did and he was passionate about helping our students and making our Library building, systems and services the best they could be.”

“Andrew’s enjoyment of helping others also saw him volunteer in a charity shop in his hometown of Chippenham each Saturday morning, but he also made time for himself, as an ardent fan of Dr Who and enjoying the highs and lows as a lifelong supporter of Gloucestershire Cricket.”

“It will take time to come to terms with losing Andrew, who will be deeply missed by all of us all here in the Library and across the University.”

We know that Andrew’s death will affect colleagues and friends and a range of support is available:

Support for staff:

Support for students: