Student, 20, dies suddenly in 13th suspected suicide at Bristol University in three years


A STUDENT at the University of Bristol has died in what is the 13th suspected suicide at the institution in just three years.

Chemistry undergraduate Maria Stancliffe-Cook, 20, is believed to have taken her own life on August 1.

Chemistry undergraduate Maria Stancliffe-Cook has died in a suspected suicide

Chemistry undergraduate Maria Stancliffe-Cook has died in a suspected suicide[/caption]

Her death was confirmed by a spokesperson at the Russell Group university.

The statement said: “We have received the very sad news that Maria Stancliffe-Cook, an undergraduate student studying Chemistry at the University of Bristol, has died.

“There is nothing harder for our community than the death of one of our students.

“We have offered our support to Maria’s family and friends, and our thoughts and sympathies are with them all.”

A statement released on behalf of Maria’s family said: “Maria was a beautiful, intelligent girl who was much loved and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

“She was a hard-working and diligent student. Words cannot express how saddened we are by her unexpected absence from our lives.”

Words cannot express how saddened we are by her unexpected absence from our lives

Maria's family

A spokesman for Avon Coroners Court today refused to comment on the case and said he ‘was unable to disclose anything’ about the death.

But a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Police were called to a concern for welfare incident at an address in the Kingsdown area of Bristol on Thursday, August 1.

“Sadly a 20-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner.”

Bristol University has come under scrutiny in recent months for the spate of student deaths since September 2016.

In May this year, senior coroner Maria Voisin wrote to University of Bristol’s Student Health Service and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, raising concern that future deaths may arise.

Earlier this month it emerged that Bristol University had introduced a new suicide prevention scheme.


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes. And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet, it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun has launched the You’re Not Alone campaign. To remind anyone facing a tough time, grappling with mental illness or feeling like there’s nowhere left to turn, that there is hope.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others. You’re Not Alone.

The university alerted the parents of 36 students that there were serious concerns about their mental health.

Speaking about Maria’s death, the university added: “We encourage any members of our community who are affected by this news to make sure they contact University wellbeing services for help, even if they are away from Bristol for the summer holidays.

“They should also seek support from their own friends or family.”

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans on (free) 116123

Maria's death is the thirteenth suspected suicide in three years

Maria’s death is the thirteenth suspected suicide in three years[/caption]

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