Shock at death of popular St Andrews university student

Patch Reynolds in the part of Puck in the Mermaids theatre group's production of Antic Disposition last month. (Picture: Mermaids/Facebook)
Patch Reynolds in the part of Puck in the Mermaids theatre group's production of Antic Disposition last month. (Picture: Mermaids/Facebook)

A popular St Andrews student who advocated openness on mental health issues and anorexia has died after falling ill in her halls of residence.

Pandora Reynolds (21), from Leicestershire, died in Ninewells Hospital on Monday after becoming unwell in her room at St Salvator’s Hall.

Her death comes just a fortnight after another St Andrews student, Kelsey Clarke (18) from Dollar in Clackmannanshire, was discovered dead in her room at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Known as Patch, Ms Reynolds was in her third year at St Andrews.

In an email to students and staff, Principal Louise Richardson said it was with deepest sadness that she was writing to inform them of the tragic death of the student, who came to St Andrews in 2013 to study Computer Science.

“As is so often the case, university stimulated new interests and possibilities, and the following year she switched to Film Studies, a subject she loved,” Prof Richardson said.

“Far from moving away from Comp Sci, she remained in close contact with friends in the School and would often drop by to chat to staff about life, movies and her myriad activities on campus. Even after switching from Computer Science she used to volunteer at School Open Days and tell prospective students what a great school it was.

“Her tutors in both Schools came to know a fine student who was engaged, vivacious, committed, and immersed in her studies.

“Patch was a big presence on campus where she was well known for being friendly, outgoing and talkative. She had a wide range of interests and friends.

“She was a committed advocate of openness on mental health issues, she supported BEAT, the eating disorder charity, at whose conferences she spoke, and she recently helped to organize a sexual consent workshop.

“I know that she will be missed terribly by her friends, tutors and fellow residents, and that her loss has come as a ghastly shock to our community. But our sadness must pale in comparison to the grief of Patch’s parents, Anne and Mark, and her older brother, Angus. I know you will join me in offering them all our sympathy and our deepest condolences at this heartbreaking time.”