With great sadness we heard that Rosemary Orr, principal researcher in the UCU accents projects, passed away on Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016, from the consequences of cancer. Rosemary has been a primary force in the entire project, from its conception (in September 2009) up to our last exchanges just a week ago. Her great enthusiasm and hard work were essential to the success of the project. Future colleagues will be thankful for the vast treasure of speech data and metadata she collected and left behind in this project — Rosemary insisted that “data are for sharing”. We thank Rosemary for the good times together in the UCU accents project, for sharing her energy and insights and humour. She will be badly missed by her family and friends, and by all involved in the UCU accents project.