I am sure that the many friends, colleagues and associates of the Centre for Education and Industry (CEI), and those within the University more widely, will be saddened to learn that Professor John Woolhouse, the founding Director of CEI, died suddenly at his home in Coventry on Thursday 31 January. John established the Centre in January 1988 and was looking forward to celebrating our 20th birthday with us.
He came to Warwick from the Manpower Service Commission where he was the first Director of TVEI. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of Kingston Polytechnic and spent many years with the Rolls Royce Company as Director of Training. His vision for high quality vocational education and training for all, linked to the needs of the individual and the economy, had a significant impact upon the development and shape of work-related learning throughout the 80s and 90s. That legacy remains today and still informs the work of CEI, and of others more widely, both nationally and internationally.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Carolyn, his children and grandchildren.
A memorial service for Professor Woolhouse will be held in the chaplaincy on Friday 8 February at 12.30.
Professor Prue Huddleston, Centre for Education and Industry