Bob is an extraordinary person. He is kind, conscientious, good humoured, and during his period in the Department was greatly loved and respected by students and colleagues alike. He was well-known and popular throughout the University community.
He was an excellent lecturer and teacher. His lectures were humorous and down to earth; well organised and immensely popular. One student declared that he was only lecturer worth getting out of bed for!
student wrote to say how much he enjoyed his
time in the Department and that Bob
‘had always demonstrated great understanding and the ability to be even
handed, when dealing with people and their problems’. In this student’s
view, Bob’s greatest contribution to university life has been his
enthusiasm, good humour, understanding of students’ difficulties ‘and your
ability irrespective of the circumstances to make students feel that they have
been dealt with fairly and with respect. Yours will be a tough act to follow’. As a mature student with a very difficult philosophy of life to
Bob’s, he found it a great privilege to have been associated with Bob during
his time at Leicester.
concentrated on administration and teaching towards the end of career in the
Department but was a thorough and lucid researcher. He worked primarily on
British politics and has an astonishing grasp of the committee system in the
British House of Commons. He published a piece in 1997 in a book that Dr Laura
Brace and I edited on Sovereignty, and his exposition on the powers of
parliament still reads very well today.
will be sorely missed by all his colleagues in the Department and by the
University as a whole.
was a University Public Orator from 1995 to 1998. As for the Department, it has a confession to make. We were told
by one external
examiner that he and Ms Renie Lewis must never be allowed to retire. Renie,
thank goodness, is still with us, but we have gone against this instruction and allowed Bob to retire!
goes without saying that we wish Bob a long and happy retirement, and pass on
our very best wishes to Carol, his wife, herself a former student of the
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