Mark, a final year undergraduate student on the BSc Social Work & Applied Social Studies degree, tragically passed away on 21 July 2021 following a road traffic accident in June.
Louise Brown, Professor of International Social Work & Innovation, said, “We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts at this moment are with Mark’s husband Nigel, their family and friends. Mark was a very well known and liked member of our student community. He was a delight to have in the classroom and always had an interesting or challenging question to ask. He often spoke up on behalf of the other students and more broadly on LGBT+ issues.
“We were very proud of his academic achievement securing a First-class degree but also of the insightful and reflective piece he had published by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in February this year. It was titled ‘In praise of LGBT+ History Month’ in which he reflected upon how far society had come but also the challenges remaining. He ended his article with the message ‘…everyone in their own way is different; promote equality and diversity for the benefit of everyone’. This reflects the person he was, and he will be greatly missed.”
We know that Mark’s death will affect fellow students, friends and staff and a range of support is available:
- if you are a student, Wellbeing Support is available every day of the year by phone on 01225383838, video or by emailing. Help is also available from The SU’s Advice and Support Centre.
- if you are a member of staff, free and confidential counselling support is available from the University’s Employee Assistance Programme and / or the Education Support Partnership (which operates a 24/7 service). Contact details are available from Staff Counselling Service.
- the Chaplaincy staff are happy to talk with anyone who has been affected, in total confidence. Please email email@example.com or Nigel Rawlinson.
- Cruse Bereavement Care offers free confidential support by telephone or email.