Tributes have been paid to the founding Vice-Chancellor of Regent's University London, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, who passed away on Tuesday 3 February, 2021.
Professor Cooper’s work over many years shaped the early development of Regent’s.
In January 2007, Aldwyn took up the role of Principal and CEO of then Regent’s College. Under his leadership, Regent’s College became Regent’s University London. The Privy Council granted the College taught degree awarding powers in July 2012 and Regent’s achieved full university title as ‘Regent’s University London’ in March 2013.
After 12 years at the helm of the University, on 31 July 2019, Aldwyn retired from his post as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Regent's University London. On the announcement of his retirement in 2018, Professor Cooper said: 'My time at Regent’s has been the high point in my career, and I will always remain immensely proud of and grateful for my time here'.
Lord Michael Hastings, Chancellor of Regent’s University London, said: ‘I truly believed in Aldwyn’s vision for Regent’s - the creation of a European education and cultural experience, and a vivid creative and entrepreneurial course culture. Aldwyn enjoyed creating a rich and deep events life for both students and staff, thus elevating the Regent’s experience beyond just exam curriculum.
‘He was always gracious and perpetually responsive. His natural optimism was radiant and his determination to present a winning team was powerfully impactful. We shall miss him for his gifts of innovation and classical interest…a bow tie-wearing, flair filled force for good.’
Professor Geoff Smith, current Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: ‘All of us at Regent's owe Aldwyn a huge debt of gratitude for his many years of sterling service, in shaping the early development of the University.
‘I know that Aldwyn was held in very great affection and esteem by many members of the Regent’s community. I know, too, that his passing will come as a great shock and sadness to countless people, connected to the University in various ways, around the world. Sending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his wife, Roz, and the family at this most difficult time’.