Oxford student found dead on Varsity Trip

Will Tilbrook 4 December 2016

The 22 year-old Englishman who was found dead on Sunday morning has been named as Oxford undergraduate Matt Smith.

According to The Times, Matt Smith was a third year undergraduate reading History at St John's College, Oxford, and was on the Varsity Trip currently being held in Val-Thorens in the French Alps.

French media yesterday reported that a young man had been found unconscious by friends at 8am on Sunday in an apartment at the resort. Citing local police, reports suggested that the young man had been drinking alcohol after his arrival at the resort on Saturday afternoon, before going on to a party in the evening. He was unable to be resuscitated by the emergency services. 

An inquiry has been opened to determine officially the circumstances of his death.

A spokesperson for St John's College, Oxford said in a statement to The Times: "We would like to express our deep sadness at the tragic death and send our condolences to his family and friends."

The annual Varsity Trip, which runs from 3 – 10 December this year, is attended by thousands of students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The trip's organiser, NUCO Travel, said in a statement yesterday: "Sadly one of our passengers passed away on Sunday 4th December 2016. At this time, to respect their family's and friend's privacy, we will not be commenting further."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. If you are in Val-Thorens, please get in contact with the TCS News team: news@tcs.cam.ac.uk