I’m deeply saddened to report a serious road traffic incident involving six of our students. The students were representing the University at a British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition in Birmingham.
The car they were travelling in was involved in a serious road traffic accident on the M1 on Sunday 1 December at 3.20pm. One student has sadly died and four other students remain in hospital with critical and serious injuries. The sixth student has been released from hospital and is being supported by the University.
Our immediate priority is to support the students and staff members directly involved with the incident. We are cooperating fully with the police and are in touch with family and friends of the students where next of kin details have been released to us. It is difficult at this stage to provide more detail as we are subject to patient confidentiality and need to ensure information relating to the incident is released via the police rather than the University.
An incident management team, chaired by myself was established on Monday morning to respond with representatives from student and legal affairs, student support, communications, security, accommodation and the Students’ Union.
We have set up support for our students who may be affected by this very sad incident. This is available via the Counselling and Mental Health service, 020 8411 4118. You can find more information about welfare support for students on UniHub - https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/counselling-and-mental-health
We have set aside the Pavilion as an area of quiet reflection for our students and staff and are working together with the Students’ Union to support those who wish to leave tributes for their fellow students.
As a University community, it is important that we come together and draw strength from each other and I would like to extend my thanks to all those staff and students who have provided invaluable support during this difficult and sad time.