UPDATE: Tributes to 'much-loved' Preston medical student who died

Medical student Noriko Seida died at the IQ Kopa halls of residence on Moor Lane, Preston. Photo: Google
Medical student Noriko Seida died at the IQ Kopa halls of residence on Moor Lane, Preston. Photo: Google
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The Preston student who died over the weekend has today been named as Noriko Seida.

The 30-year-old, a first year medical student at the University of Central Lancashire, died on Saturday.

Police were called by university staff to the IQ Kopa halls of residence, on Moor Lane, at around 8pm. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Professor Cathy Jackson, head of the university's School of Medicine said: “Although she was a relatively new student, Noriko had settled well into the course and was very committed to her studies.

"Such was the feeling among her classmates that on hearing of her death, their first response was to come together for a candlelit vigil to offer prayers for her and her family and to mourn her loss. The thoughts and prayers of the whole School of Medicine go to her family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Ms Seida was enrolled on the university's five-year undergraduate bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) course.

Luke Chang Yen Zhi, MBBS student president within the School of Medicine, added: “Noriko was much loved and was a very diligent and responsible student.

"Being very punctual and hard-working, she was always excited about her work and passionate about her friends. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.”

The cause of death is not known. It is understood a post mortem exam took place on Sunday but police refused to disclose any further information,

Relatives of the woman, who is a foreign national, have been informed.

In a statement issued on Monday morning, a Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Police were contacted by security staff at the University of Central Lancashire around 8pm on Saturday, informing them of the death of a 30-year-old student at halls on Moor Lane, Preston.

"Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be passed to the coroner."

A UCLan spokesman said medical students have been informed and support if being offered to anyone affected.