The Cut-leaf Beech

A farewell poem for Geoff

By Laura Kenworthy 1min read
Illustrated poem



On Friday, 10 September, staff and Fellows gathered to bid farewell to Professor Geoff Ward as Principal. The first such gathering since pre-pandemic, it was both an opportunity for colleagues to reconnect, and a chance to recognise Geoff's enormous contribution to Homerton. As Vice-Principal Dr Louise Joy noted in a heartfelt speech, Geoff's personal warmth and approachability have shaped the atmosphere of the College, while his determination and ambition have seen it grow in confidence, stature and reputation. 

Poet-in-Residence Dr Mariah Whelan read her poem, written for the occasion, The Cut-leaf Beech, and presented Geoff with a parting gift of the poem, beautifully illustrated by College Porter Alastair Meikle. The illustrated poem can be read here.