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University of Wolverhampton Statement on Death of Staff Member


The University of Wolverhampton is saddened to confirm that a woman who was killed yesterday (Thursday 23 February 2017) after a serious incident in Wolverhampton city centre was a member of its staff.

Emergency services were called to Dudley Street to the incident in which a woman was hit by a piece of debris. This is believed to be linked to the high winds. She received fatal injuries.

We can confirm that the woman who died, Tahnie Martin, was a member of the University’s External Relations Directorate and worked as Faculty of Arts Marketing Manager (Maternity Cover).

Tahnie lived in Stafford and started work at the University on August 1 2016. She had recently secured a permanent post within the University External Relations Team as Postgraduate Marketing Manager, which she was due to start next week.

A number of Tahnie’s University colleagues were with her at the time of the incident. Two were taken to New Cross Hospital to be treated for minor injuries but have since been discharged.

University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

“During Tahnie’s short time at the University, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity. She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued. 

“Only on Wednesday night she had overseen a hugely successful event in the Chancellor’s Hall celebrating 50 years of English at the University.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her family, friends at this difficult time.”

Katharine Clough, Director of External Relations at the University, said: “We feel privileged and honoured to have worked alongside Tahnie in our team. She was one of our shining stars, a talented and creative marketing professional with an enthusiasm and smile which were infectious.

“Tahnie was extremely popular and will be hugely missed. All of our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tragic time.”

The University is offering support to anyone who may have been affected by this tragedy through its Counselling and Chaplaincy services.

Further information

Date Issued: Friday 24 February 2017

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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