Edge Hill’s main building lit up in blue
Edge Hill’s main building lit up in blue

Edge Hill University has paid tribute to brave alumna Liz Glanister, a selfless NHS nurse who looked after thousands of patients during her career before passing away on Friday (3rd April) after contracting Covid-19.

The much-loved 68-year-old was a long serving staff nurse at Aintree hospital and touched the lives of many after graduating from the University in 2006.

She has been described by NHS colleagues as “selfless” a “hero” and a “super nurse”.

Joining communities and leaders across the Liverpool City Region in paying their respects, Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said:

“We are deeply saddened to see one of our graduates losing her life as a result of Covid-19.  Liz was much loved and dedicated her entire life to caring for others, working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic.  She will be much missed by those who knew her and loved her, and our condolences go out to her family, her colleagues and her many friends.

“From cradle to grave, the NHS and the selfless professionals in the service care for us, and we are indebted to them.  The University has educated tens of thousands of NHS workers, and we are extremely proud of our colleagues, students and graduates who work in the most challenging of circumstances.  We thank each and every one of them.”   

The Faculty of Health and Social Care ©  Phil Tragen 2019
The Faculty of Health and Social Care © Phil Tragen 2019

Sheila Ollerhead was Liz’s personal tutor and remembered her showing “strong motivation to do well” during her time at Edge Hill.

“Liz was such a lovely person and you can tell from the tributes already written what a caring person she was, which was reflected in her work and all aspects of her nurse training, said Sheila.

“Liz was committed to her work and had an extremely compassionate nature. During her final year of training, I remember she had also taken steps to improve her skills in management and leadership through goals she had set herself. I had no hesitation in supporting her application for the staff nurse role at Aintree. She was an asset to the nursing profession and will always be remembered for the caring person she was.”

In honour of Liz and NHS workers across the country, Edge Hill’s main building on the campus will be lit up in blue in respect of her sacrifice and that of others.