Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Student Fell to Her Death after Exam Results Blow ; . ?'Depressed'scientist, 20, Committed Suicide after Getting 2.2 Grade in End-of-Year Tests, Inquest Told

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Student Fell to Her Death after Exam Results Blow ; . ?'Depressed'scientist, 20, Committed Suicide after Getting 2.2 Grade in End-of-Year Tests, Inquest Told

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aN ambitious Salford University student who dreamed of becoming a scientist plunged from her halls of residence after failing to get the grades she hoped for, an inquest has heard.

Hard-working biology student Samantha Mac-Donald, 20, wanted to 'make a difference' to the world as a top scientist and was determined to get a first-class degree.

But an inquest heard how she fell from the 15th floor of her student accommodation after receiving the results from her second year exams, which showed a 2.2 grade. Delivering a verdict of suicide, a coroner also heard how Samantha's great aunt, who she was close to, had recently died and the student may have been suffering from depression. After a night out with student friends, Samantha fell from the top floor of John Lester Court, near the university's main campus. A security guard tried to revive her but she died at the scene from multiple injuries. Inquiries revealed Samantha may have been secretly fighting an undiagnosed bout of depression.

The hearing was told the tragedy occurred on October 28 last year just weeks after Samantha, from Dukinfield, started the third year of a human biology and infectious diseases course.

Her heart-broken father Stephen MacDonald told the inquest in Bolton: "Sammy was very focused at university and really wanted to get a First. She did extremely well during her first year and was just short of the mark she needed for a First. She did well in her coursework but seemed to struggle during exams. …

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