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Joel Richards, an inspirational and popular student, colleague and friend, was a murder victim in the recent terrorist attack in Tunisia.

One of our students, Joel Richards, was a murder victim in the recent terrorist attack in Tunisia. Joel’s uncle and grandfather were also killed in the same atrocity.

Joel was an inspirational and popular student, colleague and friend.  Many, many members of the University – staff and students alike – have been expressing their sadness, shock, profound sympathy and wishing their most sincere condolences to Joel’s remaining family and his friends.

On the 29th of June the University came together at the St John’s Campus to share our grief and to observe one minute’s silence in respect for Joel and for all the victims. We also held a further act of remembrance on Friday 3 July at 11:30 at the University of Worcester Arena. This offered an opportunity for all staff and students, particularly those who knew Joel, to come together. During this time we observed the nationwide one minute’s silence at midday at the Arena and all the University’s sites including the Hive. A book of remembrance in Joel’s name has been opened and is held at the main reception on the St John’s campus.

The loss of such a bright light is devastatingly sad, but we will all remember the joy that Joel brought to everyone and that these memories will ensure that he is never forgotten.