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 sharing a book of condolence with his family before the funeral and everyone is welcome to add their message, please email Kate on if you would like to add to this.

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:

Funeral details:

  • Funeral service is at Breckland Crematorium on Monday 3rd April 2023 at 3pm. (Breckland Crematorium, Norwich Road, Scoulton Norfolk NR9 4NR)
  • For those who are unable to attend the service a live webcast will be available, please use the following details to access this;
  • A recording of Andrew's service will be available online 2-3 working days after the funeral has taken place for people to rewatch the service for 28 days.