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Vigil to honour memory of our student

10/12/2019

Dear students

It is difficult to write of happy festive times given the incredibly tragic incident that occurred last Sunday, where six of our students were involved in a car crash, resulting in the death of one student and the serious injury of four.

I would like to invite our student and staff community to the Pavilion at 12.30pm on Wednesday 11 December 2019 to honour the memory of our student who has sadly died and to spend a few moments in quiet reflection for our four students who remain in hospital.

It is with great sadness that we are ending the year on this sombre and very difficult note. All that I can say at this time is how incredibly proud I am of all our students and staff, for the way people have rallied in their re­sponse, to supporting each other and most importantly providing support and help to those directly affected and their families. It shows our Middlesex community at its finest.

We have set up support for any students affected via the Counselling and Mental Health service, 020 8411 4118. You can find more information about welfare support on UniHub.

I came to Middlesex four years ago and felt at once that our University was special. I have never changed that view, but over these last months I have become even prouder of our wonderful student and staff community. There are so many people from so many areas who make up #TeamMDX and create such a special place in which to work, study and belong. Our amazing students, academic colleagues, professional services teams, colleagues across Chartwells and our cleaning and utilities services and so many more; you all play crucial and valued parts of our inclusive, diverse community.

As we look ahead to spending some much deserved time off, I hope that everyone takes the time to rest, relax and enjoy the season in whichever ways are meaningful to them. To students observing Christmas, may it be a joyful one. For those of you celebrating Hanukkah, may it be a happy time. For those embracing Winter Solstice, enjoy the celebrations. To all: I hope you enjoy your break with your loved ones, family and friends.

I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

James Kennedy
Interim Vice-Chancellor

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