I first met Simon when he came to the university in 1995. He and I were part of a group of young academics who had started work in English, History and Sociology at UoD between 1993-1996. We all worked hard and played hard and I can remember Simon was a central part of all the great conversations we had. He was such a lovely person, intelligent and extremely personable with a wicked sense of humour. He worked tirelessly for all his students his whole time at UoD. I feel sure he will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family and friends. Mary McNally.