26th Jun, 2019

University names student who died after falling from Coventry campus building

Felix Nobes 12th Jun, 2019

A STUDENT who died after falling from a building at the University of Warwick Coventry campus has been named.

The university has paid tribute to Josh Hill, a second year data science student who passed away in hospital overnight on Monday, June 10.

Emergency services rushed to campus after Mr Hill fell from the university’s Mathematical Sciences Building in Gibbets Hall Road at around 11.20am on Monday.

Head of statistics professor Barbel Finkenstadt said: “The whole department is deeply saddened and distressed by the death of this lovely, gentle and kind young man. Our thoughts are with Josh’s family.”

The university is offering emotional support to students affected by the incident.

An update from West Midlands Police yesterday (June 11) said: “A man in his 20s who was taken to hospital after falling from a building at Warwick University Coventry campus has died.

“Officers were alerted to the medical emergency just after 11.20am yesterday following a call from the ambulance service.

“He was taken to hospital by air ambulance, but sadly died last night.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner is being informed.”

On Monday a University of Warwick spokesperson said: “A young man has been taken to hospital after falling from our maths and statistics building today.

“We’re extremely grateful to campus security and emergency services for their swift response and support.

“Examinations and other activities planned to take place in the building today are rescheduled and affected individuals are being contacted directly.

“We’ve written to students and staff in this building and surrounding buildings to provide details of wellbeing support available via the teams listed at: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wellbeing.

“Other students and staff are also urged to access this support, and we will share more information with you as soon as we are able to do so.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson yesterday said: “We can confirm that we were called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest at the Warwick University campus off Gibbet Hall Road, Coventry, at 11.16am today.

“Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

“Crews arrived to find a man in a serious condition.

“Crews administered advanced life support on scene before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

For students who want support, call 024 76 575570, ext. 75570, or visit warwick.ac.uk/services/supportservices.

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