THE student who died in accommodation at the University of York has been named by police as Hoi-chun Alex Yam.

The 19-year-old, originally from Hong Kong, was found dead in his accommodation on Wednesday, February 12.

A statement from the University of York said: “We are greatly saddened by the death of Alex Yam, a second year psychology student. Our thoughts are with his family at this deeply distressing time.”

Mr Yam’s supervisor, Dr Lisa Henderson, said: “This is terribly sad news. Alex was a warm and friendly young man who was a pleasure to talk to. He will be greatly missed by his peers and staff in the department.”

Professor Quentin Summerfield, head of psychology, said: “The department of psychology is greatly saddened by this news.

“Alex Yam was a quiet and thoughtful student who was devoted to psychology and who produced very good work. Like all of our students from Hong Kong, he enriched the department and we valued him greatly.”

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned in York on Wednesday.