Queen Elizabeth II


Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor, 2019-

“Our deepest sympathies go to members of the Royal Family and we join the nation in mourning this enormous loss.

“Her Majesty The Queen was monarch for the entire history of the University, since we were granted our Royal Charter in 1957, and her era also spanned the earlier period when we were a University College.

“She was an abiding influence and visited the University on two occasions - to grant our Royal Charter and open the Percy Gee Building, and to open the David Wilson Library. We are indebted to her for her support and for her influence.

“Her memory lives on not simply in the buildings that she opened but in the very purpose of our existence as a University established under her authority. In the year that we celebrated the centenary of our foundation, we give thanks for her role as a defining figure of our time.

“The University will mark her passing in a number of ways out of respect. On behalf of the University community, including staff, students, alumni and supporters, we offer our deepest condolences.”

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