School of Social Sciences


April, 03, 2008 10:54 Age: 10 yrs

Great loss for Our School, The Faculty of Arts and Law and USP

Category: SSS News

Condolences go to Professor Hughes' relatives

Bruce Yeates, the Head of School of Social Sciences and acting Associate Dean on behalf of the staff, sends condolences to the family and relatives of the late Professor Robert Hughes who passed away at 12. 30pm on Saturday 24th March in Hobart, Tasmania. Bruce said that Bob's death was a great loss to the University, the Faculty and the School of Social Sciences.

"Bob was a straight forward leader and got to the heart of the matter with no fuss. As foundation dean of the Faculty of Arts and Law, he was intent on improving academic standards and wanted to see the Faculty become a leading research and teaching Faculty in the Pacific and beyond. He introduced many new initiatives and innovations such as the online offering of courses at a time when others in the academic community were not prepared to move to this mode of teaching and learning. He championed the teaching of courses in hybrid mixed mode form aimed at strengthening the face to face teaching on regional campuses allowing students to complete the first year of studies in their own countries. Bob was never one to shy away from controversy and he would argue the 'case' with vigour be it at committee meetings or less formal social gatherings. Our thoughts are with Desma and all Bob's family as they mourn and in time come to celebrate Bob's life with them."

Bob's body will be buried in his native Macksville, NSW. The Faculty will be represented at the funeral by the Acting Dean Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate.

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