UWSU would like to express, on behalf of Westminster Students, past and present, our condolences on the announcement of the passing of former Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, Professor Geoff Petts, who passed away peacefully at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London on Saturday 11 August 2018.
Geoff was a friend to the students and always supported a strong Students’ Union with a student voice that shaped the University.
He was passionate about student activities and always liked to hear of our sporting successes, you could tell that our varsity wins against UWLSU were a source of pride to him. Professor Geoff Petts also supported us to put on our first ever show at Edinburgh Fringe, which was a huge success and followed up the next year with a well-attended original production.
Professor Petts was a champion for the students in a role that can sometimes seem far away from the lecture theatre. He drove the introduction of the student charter alongside the SU. Further, he supported the introduction of the Great Start Project, which arguably has made the biggest difference to the student experience in recent University history.
As someone who loved to hear from students, he enjoyed regular meetings with our elected officers. Indeed, he used to press the Union very hard when officers didn’t talk to students (and also didn’t talk to him). Even in times of difficulty, such as when the press was camped on our doorstep and there were challenges to face for the University, he still stood behind the Union and its work.
Our deepest sympathies go to his wife, family and friends. His loss will be very deeply felt by everyone at UWSU and the students we represent.
University of Westminster Students’ Union