Today we said a fond farewell to Sue Finch, our Academic Administrator, who’s retiring after 30 years at Hertford.
Sue joined the college in January 1990 and has been a much-loved feature of the Academic Office every since. Over the years she’s guided thousands of students through their academic careers, masterminding everything from their arrival as freshers through to their exams and graduations. Sue has also been the right-hand woman to a succession of college officers, fellow and lecturers, helping them to keep the good ship Hertford smoothly sailing in good times and bad. Throughout her career, she’s been instrumental in building Hertford’s reputation as an open and welcoming community, always ready to offer a smile and whatever advice is needed.
To celebrate her retirement, our fellows, lecturers and staff came together for a special Zoom send-off this afternoon. Principal Will Hutton led the tributes and several other colleagues shared their memories of working with Sue. All commended her steadfast common sense, warmth and wit, not to mention her dedication to the institution. Sue regaled us with stories of her three decades at Hertford, from the fax machine, electric typewriter and multi-coloured paper forms she relied on in 1990 to the new technology we’ve all been getting used to during the pandemic. She emphasised how her commitment has always been to helping our students and supporting them to achieve their best.
On behalf of everyone at Hertford, we thank Sue for her long service and wish her all the very best for her retirement.