Regent’s University London was very saddened by the passing of Lady Sophie Laws on 27 June 2017. She will be very much missed by staff here who knew and worked with her, students who were taught by her, the alumni who will remember her well, and our US affiliates.
On her retirement last year, Lady Laws was the longest-serving member of Regent’s academic staff. She made many contributions that have helped shape the University that Regent’s is today.
Lady Laws started at Regent’s in 1985, almost from the first day that it existed, and moved from being a visiting lecturer to being Dean of the then Regent’s American College London.
In addition to her administrative duties, that she delivered well, she loved to teach and interact with students who liked her open, welcoming and well-informed style. She was also always willing to encourage and help staff with their careers.
It is thanks to Lady Laws that Regent’s developed and strengthened its network of US affiliates. She visited many of them regularly, was always welcomed and reinforced our relationships. At our annual partners and affiliates conference she made good presentations and updated people.
Through her connections and those of her husband Sir John Laws, a Lord Justice of Appeal, she was able to organise inspiring visits and events for conference delegates. She was also able to bring in excellent speakers from many different fields.
Lady Laws was also well-known for her organisation of the annual Christmas carols and readings. She persuaded people to join the choir, selected a balanced set of readings and strengthened the international family feel of Regent’s.
The University was about to award Lady Laws an Honorary Senior Fellowship at graduations on 14 July, which we will now make a posthumous award. At a later date, we will hold a memorial for her and plant a tree in her memory.
Our sincere condolences are with her family, friends and all those who knew her at Regent’s. She was a valuable member of the Regent’s community and will be dearly missed.