The former Sabbatical Officer and ex-Galleon writer, Roxana Negru has sadly passed away, the Students’ Union has confirmed on its website.
Roxana, known as ‘Roxy’ was a Sabbatical Officer at the Students’ Union during the 2013/2014 academic year. She attained an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University and went on to become the LLC Coordinator at the University Arts Londons Students’ Union.
She latterly returned to the University of Portsmouth to undertake an MSC in Forensic Psychology. Roxana, as detailed on the Students’ Union website, was an “active member of the Criminology Society” and got heavily involved in the international student community.
Between 2010-2013, Roxy wrote several articles for The Galleon including pieces on sex & relationships, politics and an interview with metal band The Murder Dolls. You can access all of her articles here.
During her time at the University, Roxana was known to be an active member of a several student groups, and helped the Union with the RAG group. She helped them to achieved approximately £200,000 in donations through local and national charities.
After finishing her time as Vice President of Activities, Roxy wrote on her Facebook page about the “awesome volunteers” at the Uni, and that she was inspire to “never take no as an answer”. Transforming her into a “warrior of light”.
“Roxy demonstrated the best qualities a Sabbatical could have. She always put other students first and immediately dropped other things to support someone who needed help.”
Former student Alex Vince, knew Roxana well as a friend, having also shared an office with her for half a year. He told The Galleon: “Roxy demonstrated the best qualities a Sabbatical could have. She always put other students first and immediately dropped other things to support someone who needed help.
“She took up her post in a period of immense change at UPSU and fought hard to make sure that students were at the forefront of it. Our societies, media groups and RAG were lucky to have her supporting them.”
Kerrie Oak, former head of Pure FM and now Union employee, was equally saddened by the news. She said of Roxana: “Roxy was one of my closest friends when I was the Society Executive Chair and she was the VP.”
She continued, “She was a friendly, bubbly and intelligent individual and everyday was a pleasure working with her. She was a shining light and now the world is a little less bright without her.”
Our current VP Education & Democracy, Dolapo Bolaji, told the SU website:” it’s always heart-wrenching to hear of a student death, but particularly more so of one of our members who did so much good for the University community as both an active member and a Sabbatical Officer.
“I understand from Union staff members that Roxy was a beacon of light during her time at UPSU bringing a positive, bright and bubbly personality to the role. Collectively we share in the grief of her friends and family and pass our deepest sympathy to those closest to her.”
The Union has set up a book of condolence that will be available from Monday 27th March in the Student Opportunities Centre, upstairs in the Union, for those wishing to share memories of Roxy.
Additionally, there is also a quiet space and support area available in the Union Advice Centre in Gun House.