Bath Chronicle

Body find

Uni’s sad­ness at ‘dis­tress­ing’ news

- Jack Col­will jack.col­will@reach­plc.com College · Higher Education · University of Bath · Bath · Bathampton · Samaritans · Salisbury University

The news from po­lice that they have found a body in the search for Alec is ex­tremely dis­tress­ing and our thoughts con­tinue to be with his fam­ily at this sad­dest of times. If any of our stu­dents have been af­fected by this news, we urge them to reach out to one of the many sources of sup­port avail­able to them. Pro­fes­sor Ian White, vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Bath

The Univer­sity of Bath has said news that a body has been found in the search for stu­dent Alec Uns­gaard is “ex­tremely dis­tress­ing”.

Alec, a Swedish first-year stu­dent at the univer­sity, was last seen on cam­pus on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18, and was re­ported miss­ing by his mother the fol­low­ing Mon­day.

Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice of­fi­cers lead­ing the search for Alec con­firmed on Septem­ber 30 that they had found a body in the Bathamp­ton area that they be­lieved to be his, al­though a for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has yet to take place.

Of­fi­cers said his fam­ily had been in­formed.

The univer­sity is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing the news, say­ing it would be do­ing all it could to sup­port his fam­ily.

Pro­fes­sor Ian White, vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Bath, said: “The news from po­lice that they have found a body in the search for Alec is ex­tremely dis­tress­ing and our thoughts con­tinue to be with his fam­ily at this sad­dest of times. We will con­tinue to as­sist them in any way we can, and to en­gage and sup­port all others in­volved.

“If any of our stu­dents have been af­fected by this news, we urge them to reach out to one of the many sources of sup­port avail­able to them.”

The univer­sity has also is­sued ad­vice to any stu­dent who has been af­fected by the news of Alec’s dis­ap­pear­ance to make use of its sup­port ser­vices.

The state­ment said: “Well­be­ing ad­vi­sors are avail­able to help at our Stu­dent Ser­vices Cen­tre on cam­pus, or stu­dents can call 01225 383838 or email stu­dentser­vices@ bath.ac.uk to talk via phone or video call if they pre­fer. Help is also avail­able from the SU (stu­dents’ union) Ad­vice Cen­tre at suad­vice@ bath.ac.uk or from our chap­laincy.

“Our univer­sity se­cu­rity team is avail­able 24/7 and can be called for ur­gent sup­port on 01225 383999.

“If staff are con­cerned about a stu­dent’s wel­fare, please call ext 4321 to speak to Stu­dent Ser­vices.

“Ex­ter­nal sources of sup­port are also avail­able, in­clud­ing The Sa­mar­i­tans, who can be con­tacted on 116 123.”

 ??  ?? Alec Uns­gaard, a Swedish first-year stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Bath
Alec Uns­gaard, a Swedish first-year stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Bath
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