An Obituary to Baroness Seear

Baroness Seear, the NPC's Honorary President since 1991, died on Tuesday 22nd April.

She had always taken an interest in the Committee's work and the problems of postgraduates, raising them in the House of Lords on several occasions.

In particular, during the debate on the 1994 Education Billshe spoke on student union reform. She quoted the NPC as an example of a worthy organisation which would have been forced out of existence if the provisions on voluntary membership and the restrictionn of external affiliations had been passed. The House of Lords subsequently amended the Bill and prevented draconian regulation of students' unions. These safeguarded the survival of the NPC.

Her involvement was not always so dramatic: she attended two of our conferences and met several of our office-bearers, most recently in advance of our strategy review.

Baroness Seear was a woman of many interests and talents, and the Committee was very fortunate to be associated with her. Our sympathy goes to her family and friends.