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Tributes are being paid to Heriot-Watt student Rufus Brickell following his death, which has been confirmed.

Rufus, who was originally from Bristol, was in his third year of a BEng Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems at the university’s Riccarton campus and had been reported missing from Edinburgh since Sunday, October 6.

Professor Steve McLaughlin, Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Everyone at our University will be deeply saddened by this news and I wish to take this opportunity to express my condolences to Rufus’ family at this very difficult time.

“Rufus was a bright, engaging and talented student, and his loss has had a profound impact.

“I would urge anyone in our university community who has been affected to contact our wellbeing services. There is also a daily drop-in service available between 2pm and 3pm at the Student Wellbeing Centre in the Hugh Nisbet Building.

“Colleagues are in touch with Rufus’ family to offer support.”