Dedication of room for Professor Mark Thompson

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 20, 2018 11:01 AM |
On Thursday 1 November, University dignitaries gathered to pay tribute to a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor as they named a new study room in the Library.

Professor Mark Thompson, who sadly passed away last year, worked for the University for more than 20 years and in his time with us progressed from Professor of Law to Head of Department to finally coming the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Well respected by his colleagues, and an inspiring figure for students, this dedication of a new group study room in the library to his memory is a fitting tribute to a man who was an avid reader and library user. Many of his own monographs, texts and books remain in the building.

The event saw colleagues both past and present, including former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess, come together to pay tribute to a man whose incisive leadership over many years shaped the University we see today.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle began the dedication by talking about Mark’s influence on the University and the way in which he was able to communicate University values through his own academic example. Whether it was leading the establishment of our Colleges or managing the building of our Centre of Medicine, everything he did was with a clear vision of the University’s best interests.

Marking the dedication, the current Head of Law Francois du Bois said: “Mark was one of the outstanding academic lawyers of his generation. His research had a national impact on law reforms before such things were even measured. He cherished the university library and it is a fitting tribute to him that students will now study in a room bearing his name.”

The Professor Mark Thompson Group Study Room will stand as a testament to the huge impact that Mark had at the University and a legacy of his passion and commitment to academia.

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