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Romily Ulvestad killed herself in lockdown after a series of failings by the University of Edinburgh, who knew she was struggling with her mental health – but did not warn her parents.
Ulvestad was found dead at her mother and father’s London home four days after her birthday in April last year.
She was 21 years old.
Romily Ulvestad Suicide
A student killed herself after the University of Edinburgh failed to escalate her case and provide additional support, despite repeated warnings that she was struggling with her mental health, an internal report found.
University bosses admitted a series of failings in the support they provided for Romily Ulvestad, who was found dead at her parents’ home in London in April, four days after her 21st birthday.
An inquest this month at the Inner West London coroners court heard that a number of offices and departments at the university were aware that Ulvestad was struggling academically and suffering from mental health issues but there was no “holistic” response.
“Our own internal investigations identified gaps in the support we provided for Romily, and we are deeply sorry for this,” a university spokesman told the Guardian. “It is important that we acknowledge and accept when there have been failings, as there have been in this case.”
Ulvestad, a part-time model known by family and friends as Romy, was described as funny and quick-witted, with a dry sense of humor.
The inquest was told that after an apparently successful first-year reading classics at Edinburgh, she began to struggle academically in her second year.
In December 2018 after a visit to her GP, she made a “special circumstances” application to resit her exams without penalty.
It was the first of two “special circumstances” applications, both of which cited mental health issues.
As her situation deteriorated there were eight requests for coursework extensions, visits to the student support office looking for help, and an appointment with a personal tutor, who noted she was unkempt and wearing stained clothes that he found very out of character.