In loving memory

Here we remember our colleagues and former employees who have sadly passed away. Our deepest condolences to their families and friends and everyone who knew and worked with them.

The University offers a range of support services and we encourage colleagues who feel they need support to get in touch for help. Please visit our wellbeing web pages where you will find details of Health Assured, the free, independent, confidential staff advisory line and counselling service, support from the University’s Chaplaincy Centre and other wellbeing resources. You can also speak to your line manager or your HR manager for support.

We understand that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is a difficult time for everyone and that losing a member of our University community during this time will be particularly distressing.

We're closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by the official advice, to keep our community safe. Our top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and those who make up our wider community across the globe. Please visit our coronavirus web pages for up-to-date information and support.

Should you need to, please refer to government guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.


Dr Nathan Porter, Postgraduate Taught Admissions Officer

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Nathan Porter, Postgraduate Taught Admissions Officer, sadly passed away from an aneurysm on 19 April 2021

Nathan was a Postgraduate Taught Admissions Officer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and had worked at the University from 2013 to 2021.

Nathan's funeral will be held at 11am on the 7 May 2021. Due to current restrictions on numbers the service will be streamed. Please contact the department ( for details of the live stream if you wish to attend virtually.

No flowers please, but donations can be made to

Chee Hing Tan, EEE’s Head of Department said:

“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected loss of Nathan. He was a much loved colleague and it will take some time for many of us to come to terms with this sad news. Nathan will leave us with fond memories of his time in the department with his helpful, friendly and bright approach to everyone he dealt with. He was a model colleague, team member and will be sorely missed by all he worked with.”

Nathan’s family said: “We are devastated at Nathan’s sudden passing and will miss him so very much. Nathan was very proud to work for the University and we are very proud of him.”

Professor Roy McWeeny

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Professor Roy McWeeny sadly passed away on 29 April 2021.

Roy was a physicist and academic born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1924. He was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University from 1966 to 1982.

In 1996 a celebratory festschrift volume was published in his honour containing original papers by 132 scientists from 19 countries. He was awarded the 2006 Spiers Memorial Medal by the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Medal Lecture, "Quantum chemistry: The first seventy years", was published in Faraday Discussions. He served on the editorial board of Molecular Physics, Chemical Physics Letters and International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

He wrote many scientific papers and seven books, of which perhaps the best known are Coulson's Valence in 1979, an update of the famous book by Charles Coulson originally written in 1951, and the two editions of Methods of Molecular Quantum Mechanics, (the first edition with B. T. Sutcliffe in 1969 and the second edition alone in 1989). He wrote several chapters in the three volumes of the Handbook of Molecular Physics and Quantum Chemistry. In 1963 he wrote Symmetry: an introduction to group theory and its applications.

Since 2002 he had been editing an open-access series of Basic Books in Science, several of which he authored himself.

He was an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and the Humanities.

Pam Cole

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Pam Cole sadly passed away on 2 March 2021, at the age of 77.

Pam worked in the School of Education between and 2003 and 2006 as a Research Fellow, operating as the Sheffield arm of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Miss Lorna B Young

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Lorna Young sadly passed away in February 2021, at the age of 84.

Lorna was a technician within the Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology between 1952 and 2000.

Lorna's funeral will be held at the City Road Crematorium on Friday 12 March at 10.15 am.

A message from Peter J. White, retired Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology:

"Lorna came straight from school to the University in 1952 to work as a technician in Sir Hans Krebs' Department of Biochemistry. When Sir Hans departed to Oxford in 1954 Lorna stayed at Sheffield, and she continued to work at the University for almost 50 years. She was my personal technician in the Department of Microbiology from 1966 until 1996. Then Lorna joined Birgit Helm’s research group in Molecular Biology, where she stayed until her retirement at the turn of the century.

"The University 70 years ago was a much smaller place than it is now, and so Lorna got to know many people here, and they will still remember her with affection."

Emeritus Professor Mary Hayes

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Emeritus Professor Mary Hayes, sadly passed away on 20 November 2020, at the age of 77.

Mary was an Emeritus Professor of Law, having first joined the University in 1964.

In an era in which a woman, particularly one with five children, could not expect a Chair; Mary defied expectations becoming Sheffield’s first female Professor of Law.

Colleagues admired her combination of outstanding academic work with her willingness to always find time to help both students and staff in need of support, with her innovative teaching of Child and Family Law attracting large numbers of students to join her classes.

She was the leading author of one of the major texts on Child and Family Law, widely used by both students and practitioners. Mary’s writings and research on law have been highly influential at all levels of the judicial process, including the House of Lords. She was at the forefront in changing judicial attitudes to child protection.

Beyond the University Mary was, for many years, Joint Editor of the highly rated journal Child and Family Law Quarterly.

She was also Professor of Law at the University of Swansea, and a visiting Professor at the Universities of Canterbury, Auckland, and Victoria in New Zealand. She regularly chaired the Family Proceedings Court as a JP for Sheffield, and also sat on the North Eastern circuit as a Deputy District Judge.

Josh Bull

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Josh Bull, Accountancy Apprentice in Finance, sadly passed away on Saturday 30 January 2021.

Josh joined the University in July 2019 and was one of the first apprentices in the Department of Finance. He worked in the Engineering Finance Team as well as providing finance support to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

We are offering support to Josh’s immediate colleagues at this extremely difficult time, and we know the impact of this tragic loss will be felt by many people across the University. For anyone who feels it would be beneficial, please do not hesitate to make use of the staff helpline and counselling service.

John Cocking, Head of Finance (Engineering) and Josh’s manager, said: “Josh was a very popular, courteous and conscientious member of our team who always gave his best. Josh was always willing to help others and keen to develop as clearly demonstrated by his excellent progress through his professional accountancy examinations. We were truly lucky indeed to have worked together with Josh. We are all completely devastated by this tragic news.”

Vicki Jackson, Director of Finance, said: “Josh was highly respected by everyone at work and a popular member of staff. He was one of the first apprentices we took on in our department, setting the bar high for future apprentices. During the time we had the pleasure to work with him he made an important contribution to the University, and particularly to the Faculty of Engineering. For this we are deeply grateful and it was an honour to work with Josh.”

Josh's funeral will be held on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 12 noon at Babworth Crematorium in Retford. Attendance in person is limited to close family members only due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. However, friends and colleagues who wish to do so can attend remotely using this web link with username Hayo5923 and password 921020.

Josh's family kindly requests that any donations be sent to the British Heart Foundation via this JustGiving page setup in Josh's memory.


Emeritus Professor Michael Alan Green

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Michael Alan Green sadly passed away on 26 November 2020 at the age of 82.

He was Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University from 1 October 1990 until 31 March 1999 based at the Medico-legal Centre on Watery Street, and Emeritus Professor from 1 April 1999.

A message from Michael's daughter, Dr Tana Green:

During his long career in pathology, he was involved in a number of high profile cases and enquiries including the Alder Hey enquiry into organ retention, and investigation into the loss of the trawler 'Gaul'.

He was the author of many journal articles and contributed chapters to several textbooks, with his key areas of interest being physical aspects of child abuse including non-accidental head injury and 'shaken baby syndrome' and changes in the lungs associated with upper respiratory obstruction.

He lectured to several years of medical students (including me) and prided himself on delivering the only set of lectures in the whole medical course that had full attendance on every occasion.

He was also much in demand as an after dinner speaker and guest lecturer and continued to do these extensively after his retirement, giving his last talk on Zoom just a couple of weeks before he died.

He also appeared in various television programmes about famous and notorious murders and murderers, most recently on Sky television and Netflix.

He had a huge network of friends and colleagues around the world with whom he kept in touch on a regular basis, and visited many of them until a combination of failing health and the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic intervened.

Outside of work, he drove and maintained a Morris minor, had an interest in old British motor cycles, had an extensive model railway and collected clocks and old medical instruments.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer, two daughters and four grandchildren who will all miss him very much.

Peter Geoffrey Ridsdale

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Peter Geoffrey Ridsdale sadly passed away on 9 November 2020 at the age of 90.

Upon leaving school, Peter joined the University's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, where he worked for 42 years. Peter held the position of Superintendent of Laboratories from October 1971 until his retirement in 1988. In 1988 he received an Ex-Officio Honorary Degree.

Peter's funeral was held at Grenoside Crematorium North Chapel on Thursday 10 December 2020.

David Streets

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that David Streets sadly passed away on 21 June 2020 at the age of 83, as a result of a Covid-19 infection.

David worked as an Engineering Technician in the Department of Physics and went on to gain an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University.

A tribute from David's friend, Duncan Froggatt:

David wasn’t a man that drifted through his 83 years. He was on the go and full of energy, a happy, friendly person who was charming and with a good sense of humour.

David help set up the British Epilepsy Association (BEA) Sheffield and District Branch in 1989. The BEA is now known as Epilepsy Action. David soon took on the role of Treasurer. He later served as branch Chair and spent a long spell as Vice Chair focusing on public relations. David's interest in epilepsy started when his otherwise healthy nineteen year-old son had his first seizure. This gave David first-hand experience of the fears and concerns of parents of children with epilepsy and a desire to find out more about the condition.

David also became an Accredited Volunteer and speaker early in his association with the charity, a role he continued and which he said gave him enormous personal satisfaction. As he put it himself: "l will talk about epilepsy to anyone who is prepared to listen!" Over the years David must have spoken to hundreds of individuals, businesses and organisations about epilepsy. He was passionate about raising awareness of the condition and educating people.

Between 2003 and 2009 David was a member of Epilepsy Action's Council of Management. He was elected by the Council members as their Vice Chair between 2006 and 2007. In just six years as a Council member, David made a huge impact.

In 2000 David received a BEA Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of his outstanding services to people with epilepsy. A year later in 2001, the Sheffield and District branch was awarded BEA Branch of the Year. This is having been Highly Commended the previous two years and was again Highly Commended in the 2014 Awards. In 2018, with another Sheffield branch member Maureen Taylor, David was the recipient of Epilepsy Action's special Hilary Figg Award for long and distinguished service. The success of the branch and its tremendous reputation in the city and throughout South Yorkshire was due in no small part to his tireless effort and commitment. Epilepsy services and general understanding of the condition have improved considerably over the last 30 years. David played a significant part in this, although he would acknowledge that there is much still to be done. The branch is determined to continue his work. If you would like to help in any way do get in touch.

David always made a point of personally welcoming all new members of Council as he did at the branch, and making them feel comfortable. His generosity to all and wisdom will be hugely missed.

In addition to his contributions to Epilepsy Action he and Joan were long-standing volunteers for St Luke’s Hospice.

David was born on 5 March 1937 to his parents Frank and Mary, growing up in the Sheaf Gardens area of Sheffield with his brother Tony and sisters Patricia and Katherine. He met Joan at Greystones School, they went to the same Church, he was a Scout and she was a Guide and they went to the same Youth Club. They were married on 8 November 1958. Initially living with his parents, then they moved to Wadborough Road at Hunters Bar in 1960 where they brought up their three children Michael, Martin and Susan. Later moving to Barnet Road, Bents Green.

He left school at 16 and became an apprentice tool maker at Moore and Wright where he stayed until he moved to the University Physics Department as a technician. There he eventually began to teach engineering, a job that led to working at Granville Colleges a lecturer in engineering.

Throughout all the years of David’s career he carried on studying and was rewarded with the achievement of an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and qualification as a member of the Institution of Production Engineers (now known as the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

David moved on to Stannington College where he became the Head of the Engineering department and he also set up a training department which became known as Loxtrain. During this time he was also seconded to Sheffield Polytechnic (now SHU) as a lecturer. Although David took early retirement, he carried on working part time thereafter for many years.

In retirement he found much to occupy his time, beyond helping the family. David was a fan of Sheffield United FC and went to home matches with his sons and grandsons. He enjoyed a little Real Ale from time to time and loved modern Jazz. He, Joan and friends went regularly to see live acts at Chesterfield Jazz Club and The Pomegranate. David loved walking in our beautiful countryside. David and Joan did long distance walks every 2 years or so taking 2 weeks holiday and going 12 to 20 miles a day until they were into their 70s.

He lived life to the full and the imprint of his touch on the world, because of who he was, will stay with us all as his legacy.

David is survived by his wife Joan, his three children and eight grand children and eight great-grandchildren. David passed away on 21 June 2020 in The Northern General Hospital at the age of 83 as a result of a Covid-19 infection.

Dr Andrik Rampun

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Dr Andrik Rampun sadly passed away on 16 November 2020 after a long battle with cancer, 35 years young.

Andrik was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular disease (IICD) in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health. He had worked at the University since 2018.

Andriks postdoctoral supervisor within the Department of IICD, Dr. Paul Armitage, said: “Andrik was an exceptionally gifted young scientist and was quick to see the potential of Deep Learning methodology for Medical Image Analysis. He was able to use this new technology to solve problems at a much greater pace than would be possible with conventional approaches. During his short time in Sheffield, he successfully applied the methodology to study fetal brain development, paediatric brain tumours and the developing zebrafish vasculature. Andrik was a pleasure to work with, his enthusiasm and passion for his work shone through. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and worked with him in Sheffield.”

Andrik’s funeral will be held in his home country of Malaysia.

A message from Andrik’s longtime friend, Robert Farmer:

“I got to know Andrik in 2009 through a shared interest in the mountains, and have since climbed many of the UK's best mountains with him (and his devoted Border Terrier Billy). He liked to choose his own routes, which were often more challenging than those used by most people, often going directly for the summit, despite greater challenges. And so it was in his life, where he showed terrific focus and application to achieve his goals directly.

“He came from the humblest of backgrounds growing up in Sabah in a bamboo house without power or running water. Getting pencils and paper to write, and doing homework in the dark were all real challenges. But he realised that education was key to his personal development, so he managed to get to university in Kuala Lumpur where he studied computer science, before working briefly for Motorola in Penang. He next successfully applied for a scholarship to do an MSc at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, and was awarded a distinction for his thesis on the use of social media in E Learning. Then a switch of subject to Medical Image Analysis for his doctorate at Aberystwyth where he worked on prostate cancer, winning a funding award from the Welsh Government for the Department of Computer Science there in order to further develop his doctorate work.

“Next to the University of Ulster, Coleraine, where he participated in the international Desiree project on breast cancer and he was instrumental in Ulster delivering fully on its objectives within the project. Sadly it was there in October 2018 that he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, but he refused to let the disease dominate his life, continuing his work and outdoor activity, though having to give up his beloved badminton. Then, as his Ulster contract was nearing an end he applied for follow-on posts resulting in three offers, and chose the Medical School at Sheffield to work on brain image analysis, where he was able to deploy his skills in Deep Learning in this new field.

“Since his death, tributes have been pouring in from colleagues around the world, typically noting his friendly approachable manner, his intellect, his helpfulness, and the tragic loss of a great potential, only partially fulfilled.”

“His body is being repatriated to Sabah where his funeral will be held.

“The first and second picture is on the Slieve League ridge walk Donegal (his dog Billy is seen in the second). Then Milford Sound south island New Zealand, after an Auckland conference this time last year.”

Dr Andrik Rampun on the Slieve League ridge walk Donegal

Dr Andrik Rampun with his dog Billy

Dr Andrik Rampun at Milford Sound south island New Zealand

Professor Iain Wilkinson

Image of Iain Wilkinson

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Professor Iain Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, sadly passed away on Tuesday 27 October 2020 after a long illness.

Iain was Head of Adult Neuroimaging in the MRI unit in the Medical School and the Advanced Imaging Lead for the Sheffield NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and had worked at the University from 1997 until his retirement earlier this year.

Iain’s funeral was held at St Helens Church in Grindleford at 2pm on 11 November 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance was limited to invitation only. Donations can be made to the childhood eye cancer trust.

Words of condolence from Iain’s colleague, Professor Jim Wild with input from Iain’s friends and colleagues and Iain’s family:

Iain died peacefully at home on the 27 October 2020 in the presence of his loving family. Iain’s contributions to MR physics and neuroimaging are well recognised. Iain was born on 7 July 1964 in Dorset and moved to Cornwall when he was nine, where his family ran a campsite. He was born with inherited retinoblastoma and received external beam radiotherapy at a young age. This resulted in a number of secondary cancers which he faced and stoically fought for the rest of his life. In spite of significant visual impairment, Iain excelled at school, especially in physics, maths and music. Even from a young age he would not let his physical disabilities define him.

Iain obtained a BSc with Honours in Physics at the University of Lancaster in 1985. He subsequently completed his Masters in Radiation Physics at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London.

Penny Gowland: “I have had the pleasure of knowing Iain since 1985. We both took the same MSc course but he was at Barts and I was at the Middlesex Hospital. It is hard to believe that when we first met neither of us knew anything about MRI- the subject that was to became so central in both of our lives. We have bumped into each other frequently and regularly over the intervening years and it always felt such a relief to catch sight of Iain across a conference centre. I knew that chatting with him about our families and our work would be like going home.. comfortable, relaxed and amusing. The feeling I get when I remember him is a glow of positivity. This was inspirational to me.”

Iain then commenced a PhD in 1992 on ‘The effects of eddy currents in magnetic resonance imaging’ at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London, conducting part of his PhD at Addenbrookes Hospital and the University of Cambridge in the mid 1980s. He worked on the newly installed Picker rampable MRI system which could quickly change between 0.5T, 1.0T, 1.5T and 2T for optimizing either body or head imaging. His project involved studying eddy currents. He was also involved in acquiring proton and phosphorus spectra and worked with Adrian Dixon, Charles Freer, two experienced Radiologists and Laurie Hall and Adrian Carpenter at the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry to develop new applications for MR imaging and spectroscopy.

After Cambridge, Iain moved to UCL in August 1991, (Principal Physicist in Magnetic Resonance the Middlesex Hospital and then Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Physics and Bio-engineering at University College London) and was based at the Middlesex Hospital where two new Siemens MRI systems were being installed working with Margaret Hall-Craggs and Bill Lees who were the lead Radiologists and Martyn Paley, another MRI physicist who had worked on the Addenbrooke’s rampable MRI while at Picker, as well as many other junior Radiologists like Kling Chong and Roger Chinn. His work here was on investigating neurological MRI and MRS in a longitudinal cohort study of HIV infection and AIDS. Iain always focused on the clinical utility of his research and liaised closely with the clinicians involved with the care of the patients.

It was here too that Iain met his future wife Ruth (married in 1995), their wedding was held in North London and the reception at the famous ‘Star Room’ at UCL which was an excellent affair.

Martyn Paley: “Iain’s stag day/night was a raucous affair held around the Circle line in London stopping off in a pub at every stop. His friends from his native Cornwall sang sea shanties to entertain the tube travelers and there was much talk of star gazey pies. Few managed to make it to the end of the line and some failed to make it home afterwards.”

This was an extremely productive time for Iain with many important research papers published as well as conference and invited presentations around the globe. During his time at UCL, Iain made seminal discoveries investigating the neurological sequelae to HIV infection using MR spectroscopy and quantitative imaging. He helped to pioneer techniques that improved patient care and provided fundamental knowledge regarding what was, at that time, a new and terrifying pandemic. Under his stewardship, the Middlesex Hospital MR unit became recognised as one of the leading international centres of excellence for neuroimaging in HIV/AIDS.

In 1997 Iain and Ruth moved, to the academic Unit of Radiology, University of Sheffield (Senior Lecturer in MR Physics, appointed Professor in Neuroimaging in 2009) to continue his research in neurological MRI working with Paul Griffiths, Martyn Paley (his former colleague from UCL), Edwin Van Beek, Nigel Hoggard, Andrew Swift, Elspeth Whitby and Jim Wild. Two years later their son Luke was born and they moved out to the Peak District in Grindleford, Derbyshire where he would spend the rest of his days. Iain went on to develop and lead the adult neuroimaging theme of research at the University of Sheffield developing functional MRI and several collaborations and applications of clinical neuroimaging research with his close colleagues in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Tom Farrow from the psychology department recalls “Extraordinarily (to me now anyway) during my PhD (Structural MRI of temporal lobe epilepsy) I brought my brother and a few friends in for an MRI scan (as healthy volunteer controls) on Boxing Day 1997. Gail Darwent was the radiographer. Iain turned up unexpectedly with mince pies and mulled wine, dressed in a santa hat just "to check everything was going OK" or similar. That wouldn't happen now - for so many reasons.”

The neuro-oncology unit in Sheffield was one of the first in the UK to implement clinical fMRI as part of pre-operative planning.

Charles Romanowski: "Iain and I worked closely in setting up one of the first units to use clinical fMRI for pre-surgical planning in the UK. We were also good friends and enjoyed many memorable social times together. These included walking across Bristol to the Society of Radiographers meeting because they had a disco which BSNR didn’t have; spending the evening in Krakow with Professors Pia Sundgren, Anne Osborn and Marek Sasiadek; imbibing the delights of Amsterdam at the BSNR meeting; and more recently travelling together to London to listen to Professor Rolf Jager’s inaugural lecture at the Institute of Neurology where we met many old friends."

Iain went on to lead Adult Neuroimaging research in the Medical School and was the Advanced Imaging Lead for the Sheffield NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He became a world authority in the clinical application of neuroimaging techniques in particular magnetic resonance vascular imaging (arterial spin labelling), spectroscopy (phosphorus and proton spectral editing techniques). He worked closely with numerous clinicians and basic scientists including neuroradiologists, diabetologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists on many successful research projects.

Sheila Francis: "When the Academic Unit of Radiology joined up with the Department of Cardiovascular Science some years ago, Iain was the very first person from the group to telephone me to say that he was really keen for this change to take place. He realised that imaging would be an increasingly important modality for cardiovascular and related diseases.  That conversation really encouraged me when I was unsure of what to do. Change is the law of life and Iain’s approach to it in his own life, always with grace and humility, was truly remarkable."

Pam Shaw: "Many of us knew Iain very well and he collaborated with Neurologists and Neuroscientists on many successful research projects. He was a well-liked and respected person and a very skilled MR Physicist. Iain's courage, stoicism and positivity in the face of illness were extraordinary and inspirational. He will be greatly missed."

Chris Newman: "I have known Iain as a colleague for many years, but got to know him more personally when we spent a considerable time walking together on the Big Walk 2017 in aid of the new MRI-PET scanner. Indeed, Iain’s contributions to MR research were a major factor in Sheffield becoming such an internationally recognised centre for advanced imaging. I only wish that I could have spent even more time on the walk with Iain but, typically for him, his stamina, commitment and determination was greater than mine and I had to take a break whilst he carried on!"

Iain has made substantial contributions to research in various medical disciplines with over 200 publications and greater than 8000 citations that have provided novel insights into aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical management of major diseases afflicting mankind – diabetes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, dementia, multiple sclerosis and cerebrovascular disease. In particular, he was a great collaborator in the diabetes unit and Neurosciences departments in Sheffield where he contributed to the design and implementation of MR imaging studies which has led to seminal discoveries in the field of diabetic neuropathy.

Dinesh Selvarajah, Diabetologist and close friend, said: "Iain loved the outdoors – would drag anyone along on his favourite walks in the Peak District regardless of the weather and his positive outlook in life rubbed off on those fortunate enough to know him. His cheeky smile and sense of humour would put anyone at ease."

Iain was well loved and respected in the British and International MRI research communities and he was a long-standing member of ISMRM and BCISMRM. MR physicists across the globe will recall the distinctive ‘Wilko’ blue jacket at international ISMRM scientific meetings and many convivial late night sessions with the British Chapter. The British Chapter of ISMRM were also very happy to have Iain give the celebratory toast at the 25th Anniversary BCISMRM meeting in Sheffield 2019 amongst old friends.

Jim Wild “Iain was fun-loving and adventurous, when canoeing with him in Florida everglades with alligators swimming around and the tide going out with just a few cans of Budweiser as provision, he was intent on going out further to sea! He is missed massively by us all in the University of Sheffield MRI unit.”

Edwin van Beek: “Wilko will forever be remembered for his positive approach to life in the face of adversity, typical of Iain was has kindness and ability to chat AND listen! When I met him in the hotel  swimming pool during ISMRM in Hawaii, we talked in the pool and got sun burned!”

Tom Jenkins: “I will never forget Iain's support, friendship and kindness. He set up 31- phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy and whole-body muscle imaging protocols in Sheffield from scratch to enable us to study energy dynamics and denervation in people living with motor neuron disease. He threw himself whole-heartedly into everything he did, whether at work or at play, and his courage and good humour in the face of adversity were incredible. When I think of him, I remember the time he walked 42 miles in one day to support the new scanner only a couple of years before he died, or us enjoying a drink and a laugh together on Miami beach after a conference."

Jo Hajnal, Professor of Imaging Science, KCL: “A wonderful person – a really sad loss.”

Professor Gareth Barker (King’s College London): "I first met him way back when we were both at the RPMS and starting his career that was to be an excellent MRI physicist. I remember him giving a great rendition of Ain't Misbehavin, somewhere, and likely alcohol was involved. You really couldn't meet a nicer guy. Iain, enjoying himself over a drink - surely not! My best wishes and sympathies to his family. Iain was both an excellent physicist and an all-round generally good guy."

Dr Po-Wah So (King’s College London): “Iain was kind, generous and full of good cheer. Iain gave a huge amount to our field and our community over the last 30 years and we will miss his cheerful presence at our meetings. The Chapter’s best wishes and sympathies to his family.”

David Atkinson, Professor of Imaging in Medicine, University College London, said: "I will remember Iain fondly as someone with whom I always looked forward to having a chat with at meetings. He could be relied on for a straight-forward opinion mixed with his welcome sense of humour. It was also a pleasure to work with him professionally as a PhD examiner. Please accept my condolences and sympathy for his family, friends and colleagues."

Professor Franklyn Howe (St Georges Medical School): "I first met him way back when we were both at the RPMS and starting his career that was to be an excellent MRI physicist. I remember him giving a great rendition of Ain't Misbehavin, somewhere, and likely alcohol was involved. You really couldn't meet a nicer guy. My best wishes and sympathies to his family."

Over the past two years, Iain faced many health difficulties and he retired in 2019. He continued contact with work and colleagues as Emeritus Professor of MR Physics. Iain was an approachable, kind, gentle, humble, extremely helpful and intelligent human being. His cheeky smile and sense of humour would put anyone at ease. His love for life, courage, stoicism and desire to support his family made him bounce back from each craniotomy. He truly was an extraordinary and inspirational person. Although no longer with us, the legacy of his work and memories of his friendship and generosity will continue to inspire us for many years to come. Iain will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by many.

Iain’s son, Luke Wilkinson, said: “Having faced adversity from birth, my dad, Iain, acted on this and used it to drive him towards becoming a specialist in his field. This determination was something I was oblivious to for much of my life, however now I realise this was a perfect sum of his character. He allowed his health problems/disabilities to guide him towards academic and medical progress rather than disabling him from other aspects of life. It’s this cup half full perspective, backed up by innate intelligence and consistent hard work, that made Iain the successful man from a Cornish campsite that he was.”

Ian Axe

Ian Axe, Campus Network Technician in the Network Services Team, sadly passed away on Wednesday 2 September 2020 in St Luke’s Hospice. Ian had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018.

Ian was a hard working and popular member of the team. Over the years he contributed to a number of large projects such as network upgrades, Cathedral Court, AMRC, Arts Tower and Mappin building refurbishment as well as supporting critical events such as Clearing and Registration and along with the rest of the team made sure the University could keep running.

Ian was a real trooper, he remained positive and kept his wit to the end. He will be sorely missed by all those that knew him.

Professor David Harold Cox

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Professor David Harold Cox passed away on 18 August 2020.

David began teaching music in the University's Music Department in 1971 before taking a professorship at Cork University in 1993, where he later became Dean of Arts.

David was a composer and musician. His works range from solo instrumental to large-scale choral, chamber and orchestral works, including commissions from the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Cork International Choral Festival and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Anne Lougheed

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Anne Lougheed passed away on 29 July 2020 at the age of 81.

Anne worked in the Academic Secretary's Office as a clerical officer between 6 April 1978 and 30 September 1989.

Anne's funeral is to be held at Grenoside Crematorium on 26 August 2020. No flowers please. Donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance c/o G & M Lunt, 1-13 Camping Lane, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, S8 0GB.

Graham Sykes

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Graham Sykes passed away on 23 June 2020 at the age of 63.

Graham joined the University in September 1980 as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Staffing Section of the Academic Secretary's Office. Between 1985 and 1988 he served as a Senior Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, before taking on the role of Assistant Registrar, a position he held in different areas of the University until 2003.

Between 2003 and 2009, Graham was the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Manager in the Office of Corporate Partnerships, and from 2009 until his retirement in 2014, he was a Research Strategies Manager in Research Services.

Professor Sir Paul Anthony Bramley FRCS, FDSRCS

Paul Bramley died peacefully on Sunday 7 June 2020, aged 97, having had a long and distinguished life during which he rose to the very top of his profession.

Paul was Professor of Dental Surgery at the University of Sheffield, 1969-88, and Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry, 1972-75. He was a member of the Royal Commission on the NHS, 1976-79, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), 1980-83.

In 1984, Paul’s service to Dentistry was recognised by a knighthood and in 1988 he received the prestigious Colyer Gold Medal from the RCS’s Faculty of Dental Surgery. He became National President of the British Dental Association, 1988-89. He was an external examiner to the RCS, dental professional bodies and many universities at home and abroad. He received honorary degrees from Birmingham, Sheffield (1994) and the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. He published extensively in professional journals and jointly authored (with J Norman) in 1989 a definitive book on the Temporomandibular Joint.

He was kind and generous and his abiding interest was in others rather than himself. Many a former student and others have said how he generously mentored and guided them in their careers. A fitting tribute to a modest man of considerable achievements.

You can read a full obituary from Sir Paul's family here.

Professor Ron Johnston

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Professor Ron Johnston died on 29 May 2020 at the age of 79. Ron was Professor of Geography at the University between 1974 and 1992, and served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor between 1989 and 1992, having previously been Head of the Department of Geography.

Professor Johnston went on from Sheffield to become Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex and then took up a Research Chair in Geography at the University of Bristol. He was awarded a Doctor of Letters here at the University in 2002, and was appointed OBE in 2011 for services to scholarship.

Dr Kirill Mackenzie

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Dr Kirill Mackenzie sadly passed away on Saturday 2 May 2020.

Kirill was a Reader in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and had worked at the University since August 1989.

Kirill's funeral will take place on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Grenoside Crematorium. Flowers are welcome.

David Maddison

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that David Maddison, Photographic Assistant and Field Storeman in the Department of Geography from December 1970 to January 2012, has sadly passed away.

David's line manager said: "David helped run the photographic suite in Geography developing films, producing slides for lectures and enlarging images for books and journal articles. When photography went digital and the photographic suite was no longer needed he took on the responsibility of looking after the Geography Field equipment store maintaining equipment and helping people ready their equipment for fieldwork. He will be remembered as a quiet unassuming man who was ever ready to help colleagues."

Evan Fuller

Evan was the Water Compliance Manager in the Engineering & Maintenance Section of Estates and Facilities Management (EFM). He began working for the University in October 2013.

Evan passed away on Wednesday 11 March 2020, aged 66.

Gwen Smith

Gwen was the University's Institute of Education Librarian from 1952 to 1983.

Gwen's funeral was held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, at 2.45pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Marian Tylecote

Marian was a tutor and research assistant in the Department of Landscape from 2003 to 2015.

She sadly passed away on 15 February 2020.

Marian's funeral will be held at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, at 12 noon on Thursday 12 March 2020.

No flowers please; donations to Sheffield Wildlife Trust.


Bryan Coates

Bryan was based in the Department of Geography from 1 October 1958 to 30 September 1989 and was a Senior Lecturer at the time of his retirement. He also served as the Dean of Social Sciences from 1 September 1988 to 30 September 1989.

Bryan passed away on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

A celebration of life service will be held at Banner Cross Methodist Church. No flowers please. If wished, donations payable to Ben's Centre may be sent to Jason Heath, John and Heath and Sons, Earsham St, S4 7LS or online at

Dr Michael Dietrich

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics from 1992 until 2013.

Mike passed away on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Mike's funeral was held on Monday 4 November at 11.15am at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield.

Siobhan Kilgarriff (Mike’s wife) would like to thank all those who sent such wonderful messages to Mike before he died. He heard and appreciated them all. Siobhan is also grateful for all the condolences she had received from Mike’s colleagues since he died.

Anthony Sampson

Department of Economics (1966 until 1989).

Anthony passed away aged 77 on Sunday 29 September 2019.

The funeral was held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 24 October at 11.15am.

No flowers please. Any donations to Parkinsons UK.

Dr Christine Sprigg

Lecturer in Occupational Psychology. 

A member of staff between 1995-1998 and 2002-2019 at the Institute of Work Psychology, and Sheffield University Management School.

Christine passed away 2 September 2019.

Her funeral was held at St Luke’s Church, Blackbrook Road, Lodgemoor at 10am on Saturday 21 September 2019.

Read a tribute to Christine

Emeritus Professor Bill Anderson

Professor Anderson joined the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering in the early 70s and retired to Cornwall in 2005. He was Head of Department from 1996 to 2001.

Professor John Page

Professor of Building Science from 1960 to 1984.

John passed away aged 94 on Saturday 3 August 2019.

The funeral was held on Thursday 15 August 2019 at 10.15am at Hampden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham, HP7 0ND.

Sandra Harding

Secretary/PA in the Department of Biomedical Science from 1997 until her retirement in 2013.

Sandra passed away on Sunday 4 August 2019.

Her funeral was held on Monday 19 August 2019 at 11.45am at Rotherham Crematorium, and then to the Earl of Strafford in Hooton Roberts, Rotherham.