The mother of a student who killed herself after being abused by her boyfriend was to meet the Scottish Government today to discuss ways of tackling harassment at universities and colleges.
Law student Emily Drouet died in her halls at the University of Aberdeen in 2016, following months of mental and physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend Angus Milligan.
Her mother Fiona Drouet has since joined forces with the National Union of Students, and is determined to ensure students who find themselves in vulnerable situations are offered greater help from higher education authorities.
She was to meet Higher Education and Further Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville at Holyrood.
They were to discuss the introduction of some form of mandatory support training for staff at Scottish universities to identify and tackle signs of bullying, both verbal and physical.
Psychology student Milligan, 22, admitted a campaign of verbal and physical abuse against Miss Drouet, and was put on a year-long supervision order and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also kicked out of the university.
The NUS has recently unveiled the #emilytest campaign in a series of hard-hitting posters and other formats across many Scottish campuses, although the University of Aberdeen is not currently among them.
Mrs Drouet said: “We hope the #emilytest is accepted by all universities and colleges and the welfare of students is prioritised.”
For people who might be seeking some support in coping with life, the Samaritans offer a free and confidential emotional support service. Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every day, on telephone number 116 123.