Remembering Rauri

Our young colleague Rauri Pountain, who had recently joined OCSLD as a Digital Media and eLearning Developer (DMELD – or Learning Technologist as we know them in the sector) died on 1 September. His funeral was celebrated yesterday. We collected words from colleagues to remember him by and we wanted them to be out there on the Web in his memory.

Rauri brought his dry sense of humour and expertise to help us at work in so many ways. When I first met Rauri, I was struck by his professionalism, and as we got to know him we discovered his willingness to support us all, both through his attitude and skills. I remember Ruari showing us his solar watch as we chatted over lunch, and him explaining that it was a special gift. I remember him working independently in our office, for longer hours than many of us, absorbed in his tasks.  I remember Rauri sharing his latest website development work at our team meeting, asking for input and welcoming comments for further development. I remember Rauri wearing a tweed blazer that I greatly admired. There is a hole in our department that Rauri used to fill. He was refreshing and very very very smart.  Mary Deane. 

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Rauri had passed away. I only knew Rauri for a few weeks but he brought with him enthusiasm and quickly became a valued member of the team. He was a fast learner and dedicated himself to the project he was working on with 110%. He was an avid gardener and would often bring plants or cuttings into the office to make it a more colourful place. He will be sadly missed. Simon Llewellyn

Rauri’s optimism and enthusiasm for his new role was a delight to see. He had an empathetic approach to finding out what people needed and was creative in implementing solutions. As well as his technical ability he brought a wide and sympathetic view of the world which he enjoyed sharing with colleagues. I was pleased to have had an opportunity to work with him, albeit far too briefly. He had the makings of a great Learning Technologist. George Roberts

Rauri was such a lovely young man – lively, curious and enthusiastic. Impressive in how he applied himself wholeheartedly to the different roles he took on over recent years at Brookes. I knew him as a model InStePP’er, the smiling face of OBIS and then, ever so briefly, as a colleague in OCSLD. I heard only good things spoken about him and wish I could have got to know him better as a member of our team. My sympathies to his family and friends. Frances Deepwell

I worked with another colleague and Rauri on a video last year.  Rauri was skilled in what he did and had a professional attitude.  I was saddened to hear about his death and send my best wishes and sympathy. Liz Drewett


About the author

George Roberts

George has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships.

He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting Course Design Intensives (CDIs) and other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies.

He leads the organisation of the annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference (BLTC) and is Managing Editor of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching.

George is a visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University and a Visiting Fellow of Edge Hill University.

He wrote his doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large social housing estate.

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