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Durham University News

Olivia Burt

Updated University statement, Thursday 15 February, 08.20am

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Durham University), said: “Durham University is continuing to honour the memory of Olivia Burt, one of our students who sadly died last week.

“Today, a minute’s silence will be observed at the start of a Durham Cathedral concert which is to be attended by The Prince of Wales and will include performances by a number of our students.

“Also, the flag of University College, of which Olivia was a member, continues to be flown at half-mast.

“These acts of respect are taking place with the full knowledge and agreement of Olivia’s family.”


Updated University statement, Monday 12 February, 12.30pm

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Durham University, said:

“Tonight a private candlelit vigil will be held in the Castle Courtyard in memory of Durham University student, Olivia Burt, who sadly died last week.

“At the request of Olivia’s family, the vigil will be a private event – strictly for those who knew Olivia – and so closed to members of the public and press.

“The Castle Courtyard is a small space, with limited capacity, and so the event will also be closed for reasons of safety.

“We would kindly ask people to respect the wishes of Olivia’s family and allow them and the staff and students at University College the private space in which to come to terms with the tragic loss of this bright and outstandingly able student.”


Updated University statement, Thursday 8 February, 7.30pm

Professor David Held, Master of University College, Durham, said:

“The staff and students of University College, Durham acutely feel the loss of Olivia Burt.

“Olivia arrived in Durham last autumn to begin reading Natural Sciences. She came to Durham with glowing references from her school where she was regarded in the highest possible terms.

“She had an outstanding academic record and was an exceptional sports woman. She was part of the British Sailing team in the European Championships. Olivia sailed for more than a decade, quickly finding her place in the University team. She became very active both in College life and the wider University.

“Those students close to her have lost a wonderful friend, whom in their shock they grieve for, alongside her family and friends.

“The College has lost a bright and outstandingly able student. It is hard to come to terms with her loss, and we will miss her greatly.”


Updated University statement, Thursday 8 February, 2018, 3pm

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Durham University, said:

“The death of one of our students in Durham City last night (7 Feb) has shocked and saddened the whole Durham University community.

“We are deeply thankful to members of the ambulance service and police officers for the professional and compassionate manner in which they have gone about their work, both at the time and following the incident.

“Our thoughts remain with the student’s family and friends at this very difficult time. We have been in touch with the student’s family, and we are continuing to offer support to students and staff who may have been affected by this incident.

“We are providing full support to the police as they carry out their investigation.”


University Statement, Thursday 8 February 2018

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Durham University, said:

“We are extremely shocked and saddened by the death of a Durham University student in Durham City last night (7 Feb).

“We are offering support to students and staff.

“Our thoughts are with the student’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“We are unable to comment further on what is an ongoing Police investigation.”