A WOMAN who was found dead in woodland near York has been named by police.

Azusa Nose, aged 23, was a student at the University of York, and was found dead at in St John's Playing Field, off Windmill Lane, on Monday, November 9.

Tributes have been paid to Ms Nose, who was a Master’s student in Citizenship and Global Education at the university's Department of Education and known as 'Azu'.

Dr Beatrice Szczepek Reed, from the Department of Education, said: "Azu was a very conscientious student. All of us were very much looking forward to getting to know her better and seeing her develop."

Professor Ian Davies, Ms Nose's MA programme leader and supervisor, said: "Azu was a genuinely good person.

"She was someone who took her work seriously and had already made good friends. She was preparing to take part in so many exciting things and is sorely missed. We remember her with great respect."

Ms Nose was a member of Alcuin College, whose Head, Dr Paola Zerilli, said: "We are deeply saddened by Azu’s death.

"This is very upsetting news for us all as Azusa was a very dear member of the Alcuin community and she will be greatly missed. We shall miss the richness she had to offer both as a human being and as a student."

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Ms Nose, who was from Japan, and an inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on Friday.

The university is providing support to staff and students affected by Ms Nose's death.