More than 200 Regent’s staff and students gathered together, on Tuesday 8 November, for a memorial celebrating the life of student Filippo Corsini who died in a tragic cycling accident.
Regent’s Vice Chancellor Professor Aldwyn Cooper described Filippo as a young man who “...epitomised the type of student we seek to recruit to Regent’s and one who would also benefit from his time here - studying hard and mixing with students from many different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. His application to study, enjoyment of sport and leadership in many fields were outstanding.”
Filippo Corsini, aged 21, joined the University in January, 2016, to study a BA in International Business. He was following in the footsteps of several other members of the Corsini family who have studied at Regent's and he had already started his own wine label.
His business tutors Tony Ukwunna, Abdulkader Aljandali, Elias Boukrami and Samantha Lee described him as an exemplary student and person.
Samantha Lee, senior lecturer said: “He proved himself not only to have a keen business mind, apt at strategy and decision-making, but also a motivational and supportive team player and an inspiring leader. Filippo achieved a first class result in this ‘team-working and leadership’ event and his team named him Most Valued Player.
Referring to the “friendship and family that is at the heart of Regent's,” Samantha Lee added: “Sadly, the bonds of friendship that have strengthened and flourished during their time away together, turning these once individual students into a united ‘family’, are now being used to support and care for each other as we grieve the loss of Filippo.”
Senior Lecturer Abdulkader Aljandali, who taught Filippo’s last class at Regent’s the day before the accident, said: “Filippo came across as gentle, quiet, disciplined and a young man full of life.”
Student Union President Antoine Soulard, who helped to organise the ceremony, read out a message from one of Filippo’s friends and family who had flown to Italy to attend the funeral in Florence.
More than 100 people have written messages in a Book of Condolence that will be presented to the family and a new polo scholarship, to be launched in 2017, will be named after Filippo Corsini, who was a keen equestrian sportsman.