Manchester apologises for its statement which caused ‘further upset’ after student death

The university did not comment on the future of its non-refundable deposit policy

University of Manchester has apologised after its initial statement regarding the death of a Master’s applicant was met with fierce backlash.

Rory, a recent Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate died by suicide days after saying “everything just feels impossible and unliveable” in relation to losing his £1,000 non-refundable Master’s deposit at the university.

University of Manchester apologised for the “further upset” caused by the initial statement released yesterday evening but claims it was “to try and help address intense interest while actively seeking further details.” 

Its initial statement explained that its records showed Rory’s application was still “open” and had not been withdrawn. The statement went further to say the university had not found any evidence Rory had asked for “help” or requested a refund.

The statement caused particular anger as it came later in the same day it was announced the student had died. 

UCU General Secretary, Dr Jo Grady said: “Out of respect, you might not have chosen to comment at all.”

The initial statement published by the univeristy. Credit via Twitter @OfficialUoM

The full updated statement from University of Manchester reads: “The police have now confirmed that Rory has tragically passed away. This is deeply distressing, and we are extending our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. 

“We are really sorry that our statement yesterday caused further upset, which was certainly not our intention. It was to try and help address intense interest whilst we were actively seeking further details. 

“We will of course do everything we can to understand what has happened in this tragic case, including any lessons we can learn. 

“We will continue to offer our support to Rory’s friends and family.”

University of Manchester says it will learn lessons from what has happened. The university has however not yet commented on its ongoing controversial policy of non-refundable deposits.

No one should suffer alone.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this story, please speak to someone or contact Samaritans on 116 123 at any time. You can also contact Anxiety UK on 03444 775 774, Mind on 0300 123 3393, and Calm (Campaign against living miserably, for men aged 15 to 35) on 0800 58 58 58.

Manchester Uni wellbeing services  can be found here.

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