We are delighted that Mairi Hurrell, College Nurse and Welfare Adviser for more than 20 years, has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship by the Governing Body of Queens' in recognition of her outstanding service to the College.
Mairi joined Queens' as the College Nurse in 1993 and became the Welfare Adviser in 2013. She retired in 2015, but returned to the College from January to June 2020 to assist during a changeover period between College Nurses. We have recently set up The Mairi Hurrell Fund, which will help students with their mental and physical health during this crisis.
On the occasion of her retirement, Mairi was interviewed in The Bridge magazine. She spoke about the changes in welfare provision at Queens' during her time here, including the setting up of the Welfare Team, but also about her fond memories of Queens' and our community:
I have attended every graduation ceremony since 1993. Watching from the gallery of the Senate House, as each student receives their degree, knowing the challenges that many have faced and overcome, is awe-inspiring. That is a wonderfully rewarding part of the job.
Several alumni keep in touch and some have become dear friends. My husband and I have been to many students’ weddings and have been very touched to be invited to join in such a special day. It’s always a great joy to hear out of the blue from a student from way back. They always start with, “…you may not remember me …”
I remember them all with great fondness.
- Mairi Hurrell, in The Bridge magazine, Spring 2015
You can read the full interview online.
We are extremely grateful to Mairi for her years of dedicated service to Queens' students and invaluable contribution to our College.