Simon was a good man. He was a dedicated lecturer who spent hours and hours preparing his modules, down to the tiniest detail, and helping students. He was also a very good friend, and a supportive person who cared a lot about people.

I will always remember how, in the middle of any conversation, Simon would joke ironically about something and make you realise that, most of the time, we just give too much importance to pretty trivial matters.  Or the way in which he would bring up Hegel to explain his views about any ordinary phenomenon.  Or his attempts to practise self-deprecation – he once even claimed he suffered from “graphophobia” in spite of spending so much of his time writing and reading! In a world where things are often seen as either black or white, Simon was a person full of nuances. He was great, and I will greatly miss him.