Memories of

Dr David Sutherland

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we learned of Dr David Sutherland’s recent passing.

David had been a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen since 2004.  He had been an ideal colleague and a friend to us all, and a caring guide to his students.  He was always collegiate, helpful, thoughtful and compassionate and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Please share your memories of David and any messages of condolence you may wish to pass to his family.

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Yuqian Du

It’s been a while to accept. My medical condition was poor, my English is just fine. I am not sure how but I would hope to write down something very formal and proper. I was wondering for too long and I feel it is today that MUST I just do it.  Biological Psychology was …

Bert Timmermans

In a world where hubris and pretense are often all too prominent, I will remember David as a refreshing release of those, and instead a completely unassuming down-to-earth person, always ready to help, to listen, and to provide an opinion that cut through the waffle. And it’s not like he didn’t have reason for …

ALEXANDRA JOY WARD

I joined the university of Aberdeen as a direct entry student in my second year during the height of covid-19. I barely knew anyone but Dr. David Sutherland comforted our anxieties during these times and always supported and encouraged us. He always supported me in my work, especially when I needed it most. He …

Wasef

I’m a third year psychology student, I knew  Dr. David Sutherland  from second year, and despite that we only met him online. He managed to engage with us in a great and supportive way. He was so helpful to all of us, he answered all of our questions with a smile and a great …

Sandie Cleland

I’ve known David since starting at Aberdeen in 2006 and I’m just so sorry and shocked that he is gone. I worked with him frequently because we were both involved in the MSc postgraduate programme. He really didn’t seem to like meetings or paperwork(!), but get him in the classroom or lecture hall and …

Vicky

I am a fourth year psychology student and been with the University of Aberdeen for two years now. Unfortunately, I never met Dr Sutherland in person as I moved to Aberdeen in times of a lockdown. All studies were online so it was difficult to make a connection with peers and/or tutors. Dr Sutherland …

Gill

I am a level 3 psychology student and despite never meeting him in person, I enjoyed interacting online and listening to his recorded lectures. Dr David Sutherland always brought realism and authenticity to his lectures. He made them very accessible and easily understood which was always refreshing whilst learning a complex subject. I particularly …

Madge Jackson

The thing I most appreciated about David when I worked alongside him was his ability to get straight to the heart of matters. What he had to say was always considered, to the point, helpful, and always mattered. In a world of noise and bluster this is really precious, and showed his big heart …

Matej Blaha

It was very sad to learn about the passing of Dr David Sutherland at our induction lecture. He was a great course coordinator and lecturer. Although I didn’t get the chance to know him very well, I am convinced he was also a kind and good hearted person. Thank you, Dr Sutherland, for passing …

Emily Nordmann

I remember Dave as one of the most decent men I’ve ever worked with. He was reliable, down-to-earth, and a real team-player. If someone was ever sick or needed a class covered, you knew that Dave would always help you out and it says a lot that if he ever needed cover, everyone was …