Professor David Fleming, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, said: “It is with great sadness that the University has learned of the death of Megan Roberts, a second year Fine Arts student.
“Since Megan was reported missing the University has been working closely with police and providing support for Megan’s fellow students and members of staff.
“Megan was a bright enthusiastic student, with a love of painting. She showed dedication to her studies and was popular with her fellow students as well as by all staff who met her and had the pleasure of working with her.
"She shared an area of the Art studios with a group of close friends who shared many of her interests in art and life, often mixing the two while working together on their creative projects in the evening.
"She will be sorely missed by all within the Fine Arts team and across the wider University community.
“Our thoughts are with Megan’s family and many friends at this very difficult time.”
The spot at Acaster Malbis near York where a woman's body was found by a walker yesterday afternoon. It is feared it could be that of the missing York student Megan Roberts who disappeared in January. Her family have been told of the discovery by North Yorkshire Police.
Volunteers are going to be in York city centre today as part of the search for the search for missing Megan Roberts.
They will be encouraging businesses to put up posters and share messages on social media sites. Megan, who's 20, was last seen in the early hours of last Thursday morning while out with friends on Rougier Street near Lendal Bridge.
Missing People Local Campaigns Manager Martin Crosby said: “Our thoughts are with Megan’s family at this very difficult time and we hope that our efforts will help to bringing her home safely.”
“Please join the search – get in touch and come and help us if you are in the Lendal Bridge area on Wednesday and help us spread awareness of the appeal for Megan."