The University has named the Vanbrugh College student found dead on Monday morning as Laura Gerstel, 20, a third-year Biochemistry student.
In a statement the University said: “We are greatly saddened by the tragic death of Laura Gerstel. She had completed two years of a course in Biochemistry at York. Our thoughts are with her family at this extremely distressing time. The University is offering support to her friends here.”
Police confirmed that a unit was called to a student house on Fulford Road at 4.20am. An inquest into Gerstel’s death will be opened tomorrow. Police do not suspect foul play.
By Monday night friends had already begun leaving tributes on her Facebook wall. Her Facebook status, last updated at 2.46am on Monday morning, reads: “Laura is thinking ‘if only…'”
Dr Jim Hoggett, Gerstel’s supervisor, said: “Laura was an enthusiastic and bright student who was a pleasure to teach. She was very popular with staff and her fellow students and she will be much missed in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry where she studied.”
Gerstel was originally from North Berwick, a seaside town east of Edinburgh. Her parents have been informed.
A statement from Vanbrugh JCRC is expected in the next few hours.
Vanbrugh College Provost Dr. Allen Warren emailed all Vanbrugh third-years on Monday to inform them of the news. In the email he said: “As many of you will already know, a third-year Vanbrugh student died early this morning. If you were a friend of the student concerned and would like to talk to either Ryan Bennett, Vanbrugh JCR Chair, or myself, do get in touch.”