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Remembering Marilyn Gallyer, UCL Vice-Provost (Administration)

13 June 2019

UCL is sad to learn that former Vice-Provost (Administration) Marilyn Gallyer has died after a long illness.

The UCL Quad

Marilyn retired in 2009 after nearly two decades at UCL that began when she joined the university as Director of Planning and Resources in 1990. She served under two Provosts, Sir Derek Roberts and Sir Malcolm Grant, and the latter recalls: “I could not have hoped to find a more loyal, supportive and knowledgeable colleague – and friend.”
She took up the role of Vice-Provost (Administration) in 1996, leading key teams including development and communications, academic services, estates, finance, HR and Registry. Amongst her many contributions to the life and work of UCL, she is remembered for spearheading the establishment of the university’s first staff nursery in 1974. Sir Malcolm says:
“I found that she had the intuition of a great leader; she would listen, challenge, think through the options, analyse, challenge again, and then set about getting the stuff done. She had the attributes of humour, teamwork, and a fierce determination always to do the best for UCL. Her legacy is still with us everywhere across UCL, and the impact of her friendships and influence remains undiminished.
“In being amazingly efficient and effective, but coupling it with modesty, generosity, and warmth, she absolutely typified the values of UCL.”
Rex Knight, Vice-Provost (Operations), who succeeded Marilyn after her retirement, adds:
“Marilyn was outstanding in her role of Vice-Provost and was a hugely supportive colleague, often giving a great deal of time to mentor those earlier on in their careers. I experienced her kindness personally when I succeeded her, when she was extremely generous with her time and wisdom to help me get off to the best possible start. She was UCL through and through and will be very much missed.”
President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur says:
“Many people at UCL will know Marilyn for the key role she played in the development and management of UCL, working for Sir Malcolm Grant and his predecessor, and she is remembered fondly for her diligence, utter integrity and commitment to UCL. This is very sad news and I have sent condolences to her husband Alan on behalf of our community.”
A memorial event for Marilyn will be held at UCL in autumn, and further details will be shared through The Week @UCL.