Management School Professor killed in motorcycle crash

Tributes pour in for the much-loved lecturer

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A popular Professor of Finance has died following a motorcycle accident.

Last weekend, Michael McKenzie was killed while taking part in the Thundersport GB series race in Leicestershire.

Michael, 47, was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he later died of his injuries.

The Professor leaves behind a wife, Lucy, and a baby daughter, Annabel.

Colleagues have said he was a “pleasure” to know and will be sorely missed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer said: “This is such devastating news.

“Michael was in the prime of his life and was a pleasure to know for all those who worked with him in the management school and beyond.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends and his colleagues.”

Michael had only recently been confirmed as the new director of the University Management School.

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Fiona Beveridge, said his vision for the future of the school was “compelling” and forward-thinking.

She added: “Colleagues loved working with Michael for his sense of humour and joie de vivre.”

Students of the Management school were sent an email on Monday telling them about the death.

Liz Crolley, Director of Undergraduate Programmes at the school, said: “Obviously this is a terrible shock for us all.

“I know you will join staff in sending our thoughts and love to all of Michael’s family.”