It was with great sadness that we learnt on the morning of Thursday 18th June that Irene Hagen had passed away in Førde hospital following an extended period of illness.

Irene had worked in the Accounts Department at UWC Red Cross Nordic since 2008 and was a much valued, warm-hearted and utterly committed colleague and friend. We remember her and shall continue to remember her as a gentle and thoughtful member of staff with a real sparkle in her eyes wherever one met her on campus – in her office, in the corridor, in the kantine.

Throughout her illness, Irene remained committed to the Accounts Department – popping in on a regular basis to advise other members of the team and to catch up with everyone at lunchtime. Her daughter, Silje, currently works in the Accounts Department at RCN and our thoughts go out to Irene’s husband Jan, Silje and the rest of the family.

We shall miss her here at RCN but take comfort in the knowledge that we had the privilege to work alongside and know Irene.

Representatives of the College attended her funeral in the church at Dale on Thursday 25th June – and the Rektor laid a wreath with a special note on behalf of the staff and the students of UWC RCN. A small meeting of remembrance will take place in the Silent House during Staff Introduction Week in August which will be coordinated by Stig Moltumyr, the Director of Finance and Services, and the Staff Reps.

Richard Lamont