Professor Simon Keay FBA

I knew Simon as a colleague in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He was, on every occasion, generous, reflective and thoughtful. When I took over a role that he had previously held, at quite short notice, he was warm and supportive and his presence and advice were always very much appreciated.

I was so very, very saddened to hear of his passing and wanted to send my condolences to his family and friends and close colleagues. Simon always seemed so full of such a positive energy, and clearly had so more life to live, and the news is just devastating. I think lots of us owe Simon a very large debt that we never got to acknowledge. His research, alone, was rich and deeply influential: when the Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council came to visit the Faculty in 2019 he singled out Simon’s Portus project as _the_ example that he used to persuade Government ministers of the importance of funding research in the arts and humanities. Simon will be very dearly missed. 

Nicky Marsh

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