Tribute to Former Colleague Dr David Sudlow

Professor of Rural Geography, Nick Evans, has paid tribute to the University’s former colleague, Dr David Sudlow:

It is with deep sorrow that I report the death of retired colleague, Dr David Sudlow, on Monday August 8, 2022. David worked in three main roles during his lengthy time at the University: lecturer in geography, undergraduate module scheme (UMS) leader and student academic advisor. He was a key figure in the mid-1990s academic transition from ‘component courses’ to ‘modules’, and so part of moving Worcester College of Higher Education (WCHE) to ‘University College Worcester’; thereby setting the foundation for the acquisition of full University status. As part of a new team of UMS Student Advisors, he endeavoured to provide the most practical solution to a student’s problem in as timely a way as possible. Students liked his approachability, friendliness and reassurances that all would be well. No matter what his duties, teaching was David’s real passion. He continued to deliver modules on planning, recreation and environment to students on courses in Geography, Environment and Sports Science. He was a main contributor to various courses developed with partner institutions of the day, including Pershore College and Holme Lacy.

Born in Manchester at the end of World War Two, David made his way through the education system to culminate in the award of DPhil from the University of Oxford. This was for research into the ‘new towns’ planning programme (specifically Swindon) under the highly respected tutorship of geographer and town planner Sir Peter Hall. Motivated by his passions for both planning and teaching, he gained employment at Hereford College of Education. Upon its closure in 1978, he was transferred to WCHE and so was in the vanguard of those providing new degree level education provision. Here he remained, becoming a familiar figure through his cross-University teaching and administrative roles, until his retirement in 2010.

For the last seven years, David had been battling against leukaemia, involving frequent blood transfusions. He had been managing his illness well, getting out and about cycling in the country lanes of Herefordshire on his e-bike. Unfortunately, a secondary infection followed by pneumonia led to a rapid recent deterioration in his condition. He died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and three children.

For those wanting further information, please contact Nick Evans,, who can pass on more details as they emerge from David’s family.