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The Dr Michael Nicholson Prize

Dr Michael (Mike) Nicholson

Dr Michael (Mike) Nicholson, Tutorial Fellow in Russian from 1987 to 2011 and one of the world’s leading experts on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was well-known at Univ and fondly remembered by many for his wide-ranging and energetic contributions to the life of the College.

As well as being a distinguished scholar of Russian language and literature, he was also an expert musician, comic writer and public speaker, and a keen supporter of sport, community and College tradition. Memories of Mike’s many wise and witty contributions and irrepressible humour live on.

Mike was also crucial to the overall running of the College, so that he became a familiar face to many Univ students over the years. He served as Senior Tutor in 1989–93 and 1999–2000, and supported Clare Drury, senior Tutor from 2000–2004, during her final illness; he was also Dean of Graduates in 2002, and served as Dean almost continuously from October 2006 until his retirement in 2010–11. Even then he remained closely involved in College life, acting as Dean of Degrees from 2014 until he died. We owe him a great deal, and he will be much missed.

Remembering Mike

The Dr Michael Nicholson Prize

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Published: 26 February 2024

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