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Statement from the Vice Chancellor regarding the death of Courtney Boyle


Courtney Boyle, one of our first year students reading Criminology and Psychology, was killed during the terrorist atrocity in Manchester.

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The whole University community is deeply saddened by this tragic news.  Our hearts go out to Courtney’s family at this terribly distressing time. 

“Courtney was a lovely, bright and hardworking student who had achieved excellent marks in her first semester with us.  She was enjoying University life and had built strong friendships.  For all of these reasons, she is a great loss to the University and to her fellow students.

“You will appreciate the impact that this has had on our students and staff. Our Chaplaincy and wider Support Services have been in contact with Courtney’s many friends at the University, and we will continue to support them and any other of our students and staff who have been affected.”

Our Chaplaincy and our colleagues in Services for Students are available to any of our students, and our counselling services are available to any of our staff who have been affected by this tragedy.

Any students who have been affected in any way by the incident can contact the Student Wellbeing Team for support T: 0113 8125807; e: studentwellbeing@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Staff can also contact the team for generic de-brief support, talk to their line manager or contact Health Assured T: 0800 030 5182 (24/7).

Students and staff can contact the Chaplaincy: chaplaincy@leedsbeckett.ac.uk; Melvyn Kelly is our lead chaplain for Leeds Beckett: T: 0113 812 2010; e: melvyn.kelly@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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