University of Chichester pays tribute to student after tragic death

Tutors and professors at Chichester University have paid tribute to a 'popular and motivated' student who tragically died earlier this month.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 3:56 pm
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 4:52 pm
Dorset was Will’s home but he had been studying adventure education at the University of Chichester, where he was part of the Spitfires American Football team. Photo: Tara Bunker

Twenty-year-old Will Musk died after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on the Birdham Road on August 4.

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A University of Chichester spokesperson said: “Our community is greatly saddened by Will’s sudden death. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends, to whom we are offering support.

"We hope to arrange a memorial to celebrate Will’s life when the academic year restarts, subject to social distancing guidelines.”

Tutors Ed Christian, Dr Chris Hodgson, Matt Berry, and John Kelly all paid tribute to Will, who had been studying for an adventure education degree.

They said: “We are devastated to hear of his passing and our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Will in his time at university. He stood out as a mature, motivated, and committed student who was highly regarded by both his peers and staff.

"We will remember Will fondly as an intelligent and thoroughly likeable young man. We are truly proud to have him as one of our own.”

Professor Mike Lauder, who leads the University’s institute of sport, added: “Will was a highly motivated student and will be sadly missed by our staff and students alike.”