A fresher at Regent’s Park College passed away this week.

Antonia Bruch had contracted meningitis and died on Tuesday.

Dr Robert Ellis, Principal of Regent’s Park College, said, “The college was deeply saddened by the death of Antonia Bruch, a first-year undergraduate at Regent’s Park College, from bacterial meningitis.”

He went on, “Antonia was a student of theology and, although she had only been at Regent’s Park for a short time, she was a popular and valued member of the college. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The college is receiving advice from local public health authorities. All students and staff have received advice and information about symptoms to look out for, and the college is keeping students informed.

The college and the University Counselling Service are offering additional support to students at Regent’s Park College.

There are approximately two thousand cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK every year.

Symptoms include headaches, fever, rash, vomiting, neck stiffness, joint pains and drowsiness.

Bacterial meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.