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Celebrations of the life and academic work of Prof. Rosamund Sutherland

20 November 2019

On the 16th November 2019, the Rosamund Sutherland Memorial Event took place in the Wills Memorial Building; an event which was organised by the School of Education.

Over 100 people from around the world, including colleagues, academics, collaborators and family members, gathered to remember and honour the life and achievements of Professor Rosamund Sutherland.

The day consisted of presentations and discussions, with the aim to build on Rosamund’s academic contributions and sustain and develop the impact of her work, locally, nationally and internationally.

Professor Judith Squires (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost) was one of many leading academics, who talked about the important contributions which Rosamund made to the learning of mathematics, digital technologies, socio-cultural theory as well as her being an active advocate of social justice in the City and beyond.

Discussions around Rosamund’s life experiences which motivated and shaped her academic career; included her early career days at the Institute of Education (University of London) as well as her contributions to the School of Education (formerly known as the Graduate School of Education), and her collaborations with Merchant Venturers.

Professor Sally Barnes, a colleague and friend from the School of Education said, “Ros was such a remarkable woman who cared deeply about education and the School of Education. Under her leadership we achieved 5* RAE result in 2001. During her first period as Head of School (at the Graduate School of Education) she led the transformation of the 4th, first and ground floor teaching, learning, office and library spaces.  She was responsible for supporting so many colleagues to achieve the best they could. Many of us credit her with making our careers.”

Dr Alf Coles, Deputy Head of School at the School of Education said, “The sense of Ros’s humanity came through all the different aspects of her life and work. Time and again, we heard speakers talk about her sense of purpose and passion for social justice, alongside her love of mathematics, her care and attention to individuals and her sense of fun. She was an advocate for so many of us. I am determined the day will act as a spur to further action as a School of Education, to continue and develop Ros’s engagement with Bristol’s disadvantaged communities and to work to re-balance the current inequities in terms of educational opportunities across the city.”

Ros made a huge contribution to the School of Education and many people will also remember Ros for her creative energy, as a hugely influential Head of School, and as a warm, open and engaging colleague and friend. 


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