Tributes paid for ‘brilliant’ Oxford University student after body is found at Westgate construction site

Tributes are flooding in for the ‘brilliant’ Oxford University student who was found dead at the building site of the Westgate shopping centre.

Max Mian, a second-year classics undergraduate, was found on Monday morning by police who said the ‘unexplained’ incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Brasenose College have since issued a statement saying they are ‘mourning the sad death’.

John Bowers, principal of the College, said: “Max was a brilliant and popular student and we all miss him greatly. Our thoughts are especially with his family and friends and everyone at the college is doing all we can to help and support them and each other at such a difficult time.”

Miles Overton, the president of the college’s junior common room, said: “Max was a popular, much-loved member. His tragic death has deeply shocked us all, but the supportive community in which we live has come together at this difficult time. Our thoughts are especially with Max’s family and friends, and we in the JCR will always feel his loss.”

The college is now offering counselling and support to students.

Stefan Griffiths, the headmaster of the school Mr Mian attended in Norwich between 2006 and 2016, said he is ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

He added: “Max was a very gifted all-rounder, with a particular love of Classics. Our sympathies are with his family and many friends. They are in the thoughts and prayers of the Norwich School community.”

Friend Ettore Delcuratolo posted on Facebook: “I knew Max quite well. Such a shame.”

Cara Thompson added: “Rest in peace Max.”

On Monday, police spokesperson Jessica Rodgerson said: “Officers are investigating the circumstances of the death. Formal identification is yet to take place and at this stage the death is being treated as unexplained.”