Remembering Irene Crow (1957 – 2016)

Irene Crow, who worked for the Disability Service at Manchester Met since 2010, sadly passed away in June 2016.

Irene began working as a Disability Adviser in 2010 and very quickly established herself as a key member of the team.  Passionate and committed to her role, Irene always went out of her way to help staff and students and always did so in a warm and engaging manner. Working very closely with staff in the Faculty of Art and Design and other colleagues across the University on a number of key projects, Irene developed strong relationships with so many staff and gained respect through hard work and dedication. The impact she had outside of the Disability Service is reflected in the number of touching messages that the Disability Service received which described Irene as:

  • “A vital and dynamic person to work with.”
  • “Very supportive with a good sense of humour!”
  • “A wonderful colleague, a vivacious and kind person. She will be sorely missed.”

Irene became a Senior Disability Adviser in 2015 and continued contributing significantly to inclusive and collaborative projects which are having an impact across the University, such as embedding inclusive teaching practices.  These contributions will not be forgotten and will benefit staff and students for many years to come.

The words of an academic member of staff, who worked closely with Irene on this project, sum up what most of those who had the privilege of working with Irene thought of her: “I always found her to be a lovely lady, highly professional, very warm, and very conscientious. I shall really miss her; she inspired considerable confidence in her knowledge, ability, and empathy, and that shone through in everything that she did.”

Irene loved baking, singing and was committed to charity work.  Her passion in this area was infectious and contributed to a lovely team atmosphere.  Irene always found time for her colleagues, friends and family.  She leaves behind two children, Lauren and Ryan, of whom she was incredibly proud.  For anyone wishing to contribute, Irene’s family have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for WaterAid in her memory: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Irene-Crow

Those who were fortunate enough to have known Irene will deeply miss her.