Brian died suddenly of natural causes on 19 July, aged 61. He had just successfully completed the two-year foundation degree in Addictions Counselling at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and had been looking forward to starting the BSc Honours year in September.

Nicky Adams, Programme Leader for the foundation degree, said: “As a mature student Brian applied himself to his studies with determination and was proud of his achievements. He was on his way to becoming a first-rate addiction counsellor and would have made such a valuable contribution to the field”.

“Brian was respected and well-thought of by students and staff alike. He was also an integral part of the team he worked with on his work-based learning placement – a community addiction rehabilitation service in Essex. He will be sadly missed by tutors, fellow students and his work-based learning team.”

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