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Ralph Williams

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, at the beginning of August, of Ralph Williams, former Senior Lecturer in the School of Education.

Ralph was appointed as Lecturer in 1971 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1992.  He played a significant part in the reorganisation of the School of Education in which he was an influential member of several strategic groups and committees.  He contributed significantly to the work with the affiliated institutions and Colleges of the University, chairing both the Board of the Affiliated and Recognised Institutions and its predecessor, the Board of the Affiliated Colleges.  Ralph was Dean of the Faculty of Education from 1994 to 1997, and was then appointed as Dean of Teaching and Learning, developing new structures and procedures for Teaching and Learning both in the Faculty and University-wide.  He retired in 1999 after twenty-eight years’ service, at which time the title and status of Life Fellow of the University was conferred upon him.

Outside to the University, Ralph was active as a representative on the governing bodies of schools.  He was Chair of Governors at Roundhay School for 14 years and a long-standing governor at Bridlington School, which continued for over ten years into his retirement.  He represented the University on the Executive Committee of the North of England Education Conference and, nationally, on the Council of Validating Universities as well as various committees of the University Council for the Education of Teachers.  He was also an experienced Institutional Auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

An enthusiastic rambler, Ralph was a member of the Leeds University Walking Club and was a regular Saturday and Sunday walker, leading one earlier this summer.  His recent project was walking the full Wales Coastal Path in stages.  

The funeral service will be held at 1.40 pm on Tuesday 27 August at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Adel, Leeds LS16 8AA, and afterwards at Weetwood Hall, on which day the flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast in Ralph’s memory.