LETTER : Oxford must ease pressure on students

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Sir: It is disappointing to have the name of Ian Hyde included in an article concerned with student suicides ("Talent that went to waste", 22 July).

The Coroner recorded an open verdict on Ian Hyde. He was a man of great talent and was well on top of his academic work and enjoying it. He was popular with his contemporaries in college, greatly liked by his tutors, and strongly supported by a loving family, all of whom continue to miss him. He enjoyed Oxford. Our grief and his memory deserve better respect.

Professor K A McLAUCHLAN, FRS

Tutor in Chemistry

Hertford College, Oxford

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