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Family and friends mourn Oxbridge student's meningitis death

PUBLISHED: 17:43 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 07 September 2010

AN Oxbridge student from Belsize Park has died after contracting bacterial meningitis just weeks after starting her university career. Antonia Bruch, 18, a former Highgate School pupil, whose family live on Fellows Road, died on October 27 at Oxford Unive

AN Oxbridge student from Belsize Park has died after contracting bacterial meningitis just weeks after starting her university career.

Antonia Bruch, 18, a former Highgate School pupil, whose family live on Fellows Road, died on October 27 at Oxford University.

She was just starting out on her theology degree at Regent's Park College.

Dr Robert Ellis, principal of the college, said: "We were deeply saddened by the death of Antonia Bruch, a first-year undergraduate at Regent's Park College, from bacterial meningitis.

"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."

Ms Bruch's family were too upset to talk when contacted by the Ham&High this week.

Ms Bruch's friends at the college are being offered support by the university's counselling service.

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