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Date published: February 09, 2016

A message from the Vice-Chancellor: University mourns the loss of Computer Science student

I am sure you will now all be aware of the tragic death of one of our students at Bramall Court on Monday. A man has been arrested and charged with the murder.

Greater Manchester Police have today confirmed that the young man who died was William Lound, a mature student studying in the School of Computing, Science & Engineering. Our thoughts are with William’s family and friends and those colleagues and students who may have taught or studied alongside him. The Police reassure us this is an isolated incident and there is no risk to students, staff and the wider community

We continue to offer a full range of wellbeing and support services for any of you who’ve been affected by this tragic incident. You can contact our wellbeing services on 0161 295 7008, 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday, or email them at wellbeing@salford.ac.uk. If you’d like to access all our information about support available, as well as our online-self-help this can be found at http://www.askus.salford.ac.uk/wellbeing.

The Wellbeing and Chaplaincy teams are also offering drop-in sessions throughout this week. There’s no need to book, just turn up at any time during the session.

Drop-in sessions are taking place:

Wednesday 10th February: 6.00-7.00pm, Lowry 1, Peel Park Quarter

Thursday 11th February: 2.00-4.00pm, Faith open space, University House

Friday 12th February: 2.00-4.00pm, Faith open space, University House

The University Chaplaincy offer support to students, and are open to people of all faiths and none. The team are based in University House and can be contacted through their website at http://www.askus.salford.ac.uk/page/faith-and-religion.

The following services are also available if you need someone to talk to:

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. It offers anonymous, non-judgemental and non-directive support for all callers, regardless of the situation. You can contact them between 8pm and 8am every night of term, even during the exam period. You can find their contact details on the back of your Student ID Card.

The Samaritans offer support over the phone and face-to-face. The nearest branch is located in Manchester on Oxford Road opposite the Palace Theatre, and is open 9.00am to 8:30pm. Their phone number is 0161 236 8000 and is open 24 hours a day.

We also encourage you to seek support from your family, friends and fellow students during this difficult time.

The University are working very closely with Greater Manchester Police to help them with their enquiries.

Professor Helen Marshall


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