Returning staff and students may not have seen the media reports in August that Warwick Mathematics student Tom Jagger was declared missing whilst climbing in the Peruvian Andes. Tom had just completed the third year of his MMath degree before embarking on this trip.
Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor professor Nigel Thrift said:
I know the start of the new academic year will be a particular poignant time from the University community and that his tutors and fellow students will feel his loss even more acutely as they begin this new term. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."
Tom’s personal tutor Professor David Mond said:
"Tom Jagger was one of five undergraduates I met every week for a group tutorial. He was a good student with his own very individual take on everything, and though he worked hard and got good results, it was clear that he had a life outside mathematics. His presence added spice to the tutorials; he showed a kind of quizzical amusement at being there. It's a tragedy that his originality and ability to find his way in remote places should have led to his loss."
University staff and support professionals are working to support those students who were close to Tom. If you would like to speak to someone at this time, there are a number of support services available. The Student Support Services website gives more details or you can contact Student Support on 024 76 575570.
A book of condolence is available in the Chaplaincy.
Students and staff who knew Tom are invited to gather with his family in the Chaplaincy on Wednesday 23 October at 2pm. It will be an opportunity to bring and share special readings and positive memories of Tom's life.