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Tribute paid to nurse lecturer killed by shark

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Colleagues and students have paid tribute to a respected nursing lecturer who was killed by a shark while diving in Australia.

Doreen Collyer worked at the University of Chester for 15 years before moving to Western Australia.

She was scuba diving in Perth when she was attacked on Sunday by what is believed to be a great white shark, according to Australian media.

Friends, nursing colleagues and students have paid heartfelt tribute to Ms Collyer, who emigrated about five years ago with her husband David.

Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, executive dean of the faculty of health and social care at the University of Chester, said former colleagues were “deeply saddened” to hear of her death.

“Doreen was a hugely valued and loved member of staff,” she said. “She will be remembered as someone with a real commitment and passion for teaching and child healthcare – her students were at the heart of all she did.

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Tribute paid to nurse lecturer killed by shark

Source: Edith Cowan University

Doreen Collyer

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and family,” she added.

After moving to Perth, Ms Collyer worked as director of postgraduate studies at Edith Cowan University’s school of nursing and midwifery, where she also lectured.

Acting vice chancellor Arshad Omari described her as “a much-loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher”.

Students, who took to social media to express their condolences, described her as “an amazing lecturer”.

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