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Following the sad death of our valued colleague, Mark Wing, Senior Lecturer in Law, we have opened an online book of condolence to allow colleagues, students and alumni to pay tribute and share their memories.

Mark was an integral part of our Solent community with 26 years of dedicated service; and will be greatly missed by us all – and especially by colleagues and students within Law and Criminology. 

He was a talented and popular member of our community, winning many staff and student led awards over the years, including Best Lecturer and Enhancing the Student Experience. He was also central to Law’s recent first-place success in the 2019 National Student Satisfaction Survey.

Your messages

"Waste no time arguing about what a good man should be. BE ONE!" - (Marcus Aurelius - one of Mark’s favourite philosophers)

Mark certainly did not waste time.

So many years encouraging people to learn. Challenging them, daring them to improve their lives through hard work and study.

The world is poorer now that Mark has left us, but when I think of all those he taught, helped and inspired I smile because I know his legacy lives on.

Thank you Mark for being a great academic, teacher, colleague, friend and inspiration to us all.

Rest in peace my friend.


Simon Fox


Mark, you were an amazing lecturer and always had time to listen and help when I needed you. You were a wonderful teacher and a good friend. You will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Mark's family.

Violet Webb


Although my experience with mark may have been short, it was a landmark period of my time at Solent. He was an amazing lecturer and a real credit to Solent University. He was straight talking and made sure that everyone was getting on okay, with no judgement, only support.

He will be greatly missed.

RIP Mark Wing

Benjamin Sherborne


Mark was an amazing, gifted and talented man. He was an inspiration to so many, including myself. He was truly dedicated to the academic side of the law and was as much a student of the subject as he was an expert in certain fields.

His knowledge of the realms of Intellectual property and company law was top drawer, but it was his knowledge of the intracacies of the European Union that put him streets ahead of everyone else in the game and he not only travelled the UK giving speeches and lectures on the topic (particularly during the Brexit debacle) put he also published or contributed to many articles on the topic.

Mark was a good friend who believed in his students and would push them to achieve their best result possible. Something of a philosopher, Mark could often de discovered outside the Artisan coffee house, stroking his beard and pondering life's problems.

Although I will never get the opportunity to sit and put the world to rights with you again, the conversations we enjoyed will remain with me forever. Mark never treated the University like a revolving door like some who would never speak to you again after graduation unless it was a nod on the street in passing. Mark had a regular group of former students he would meet with regularly in Southampton on a Friday, but in addition to that, he maintained contact with a large number of former students, located not just in Southampton, but globally. Mark was my former lecturer, who became a good friend, and will be sadly missed.

Sleep tight my friend. Gone you may be, but your memory will live on through all of your students, your friends and all those whose lives you have touched. Most of all, Thank you!

Timothy Wedge


Mark you will always be in mine and Petar’s hearts. You brought us together through your organising of our amazing EU trips.

You pushed me to achieve goals I believed were unreachable. You were not only a lecturer but you was our friend. Your dedication to your students made you the best lecturer and friend anyone could have and knowing that we cannot meet again for a pint saddens me, but I will cherish the memories we have.

Rest in Peace Mark, you will be sorely missed.

Hannah Chapman


You inspired so many and were highly regarded by staff and students alike. At graduation few years ago, I witnessed this for myself when your students gave you a standing ovation when you were introduced.

A truly great person who will be missed by everyone whose life you touched.

Rest in peace x

Margaret Johanson


Dear Mark,

Thank you for the smiles, the chats, for being so patient and approachable, for always having the time to listen and offer advice. Thanks for the stimulating conversation but mostly thanks for opening your students eyes to the world. You'll be missed.

Rozenn Ghorbanian


You were a friend, you listened, thought and talked such sense. I will miss our time together, its still so hard to accept I will not see you again until the other side, but be assured I will always think and remember, thank you for touching my life

Rich John


I will miss Mark a great deal. He was a one off. He had many different sides. Mark could be intense, light, humorous, competitive, collegiate, always a true friend, and a wonderful teacher and trade union colleague (UCU branch officer).

You’ll be greatly missed Mark.

Mark Farwell


Rest in peace, Mark. You were a good friend and colleague. You will be truly missed. May perpetual light shine on you.

Ben Andoh


Mark, it was a pleasure working with you and to see the passion you had for your students, alumni and law at Solent. I know how much you will be missed by our students, staff and alumni. I'm sorry we did not have the opportunity to celebrate 25 years of law with you, but when we do, I know you will still be a big part of the day and at its heart.

Robert Wayman

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