Professor Robin Mason

On the most perfect of English summer afternoons (23rd June),  I attended a thanksgiving service for the life of Robin Mason, who died very recently. The event was in a lovely old church on a wooded hill,  long  pre-dating the City of Milton Keynes nearby, and where Robin worked at the Open University.

Robin’s three sisters, her son and her daughter and wider kin highlighted her exceptional involvement and contribution to family life. But also her colleagues, past and present, and her students, past and present (she was my PhD supervisor), represented a wide spectrum of the highly appreciative and now very sad learning technology community. For a flavour of her outstanding professional life, see Robin’s  memorial page for the esteem in which she was held.

For me , Robin was a one-off of her time and her legacy is one of the most powerful. She will continue to influence me and many others – she set the standards in terms of rigour, academic generosity, support, challenge and practical advice.

Professor Robin Mason, RIP

Gilly Salmon

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