A Man Like ‘Christopher Matthews’


I met ‘Uncle’ Chris during my PhD; he was our Senior Research and Events Administrator (School of Business and Law, University of Brighton); however, he was more than that; he was a natural mediator, mentor, and good-natured who treated everyone equally and with kindness.

I call him ‘my uncle’ (not in his presence-lol) because he is always keen to listen to our questions and demands and gets it done and when he cannot help out he will proffer a solution. I do not know how he does it; you / one could say he is doing his job, but he does his 1000 over 100, a testament that he loves his job and people.

He is so compassionate and patient; hence why we ( Business and Law, PhD Students-both past and present) do not want to see Chris leave- he sure is the biblical example of ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’

Who would listen to us like Uncle Chris and get things done? I/we ponder? Even when he can’t be of help, he will advise you; tell you how you can get it done and whom to talk to.  Really sad to see him go.

As Geoffrey Chaucer pointed out, ‘Good things come to an end.’

All the best in your new role, Uncle Chris. God bless you, and I pray you reap a harvest. You sure deserve it!

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