Sheila Gosden

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 18 March 2017, of Dr Sheila Gosden, former Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, and Life Fellow of the University.

Sheila came to the University in 1958 as a Lecturer in Education, with particular responsibility for those parts of the course concerned with the teaching of biology.  Sheila loved the Yorkshire Dales and completed her PhD on the palaeobotany of various sites there.  This led to an annual field course for Graduate Certificate students where she not only demonstrated her love of the environment, but also her considerable knowledge of its flora.

She served on numerous committees during her thirty-five years at the University, not least as Chairman of the Catering Executive Committee for almost 20 years; as a long-standing member of Senate and Chair of the University’s Appointing Committee; and was Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Education between 1980-82.  She also represented the University on the governing bodies of several schools.  She became a Life Fellow of the University upon her retirement in 1992.

The funeral details will be circulated once known.

An obituary is being prepared.

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