A unique piece of art has been installed at RGU in memory of a much loved and respected lecturer who passed away last year.
Staff at the university’s School of Nursing and Midwifery commissioned a stained glass screen which celebrates the life of Mental Health Nursing lecturer Dr Andrew McKie (known as Andy) who passed away in June 2013.
The screen by Fife artist Sarah Honeyman, was officially unveiled by Andy’s family in the Faculty of Health and Social Care building on Tuesday, December 16.
Andy’s wife Rosie, his children Chris and Claire, and his brother John were there to see the screen on the ‘bridge’ where he would usually enjoy his lunch.
Designs on the colourful window capture many aspects of Andy’s life, including his work and favourite literature, his fondness for swimming and cycling, and his love for St Mirren Football Club.
Alison McLennan, Head of Practice Learning at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, led on the commission of the screen.
She said: “I am very privileged to have been able to call myself one of Andy’s colleagues. He was inspirational to many staff and students and is very sorely missed by us all.
“Having the screen dedicated to Andy in such a prominent position is a very fitting and poignant reminder of him where our staff can sit, relax and reflect.”
Andy’s wife, Rosie, said: “We are immensely grateful and very moved that the university wants to honour Andy’s memory by the installation of this wonderful stained glass screen.
“It will provide a lasting tribute to him, sitting in one of his favourite spots, where he spent many happy coffee breaks with colleagues.
“We are delighted with the finished piece. Sarah Honeyman has managed to capture many aspects of Andy’s life in this beautiful scene.”
Andy’s family has also donated The Dr Andrew McKie Memorial Quaich which will be presented each year to an RGU mental health nursing student who, on completion of their pre-registration nurse education, demonstrates the nursing values he held so dear.