The family of a university student whose body was found in her halls of residence after friends raised the alarm are hoping an inquest will provide them with answers regarding her sudden death.

Ceara Thacker, a first year philosophy student at the University of Liverpool, was found dead in May 2018. She was 19-year-old and originally from Bradford.

An inquest examining the events leading up to Ceara’s death is now to take place at Liverpool Coroner’s Court before Area Coroner Anita Bhardwaj.

Agencies including the University of Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which had contact with Ceara before her death, will be represented at the inquest.

“Ceara was such a fun-loving and infectious person who had the kindest smile.

Iain Thacker, Ceara's father

Ceara started a philosophy degree at the University of Liverpool - her first choice university – in September 2017. She died on 11 May, 2018.

Ceara Thacker

“Ceara’s death has been a tragedy for her family and friends.

Gus Silverman, a public law and human rights lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing the family
Ceara Thacker

“Inquests perform a vital function in examining and exposing any gaps in the systems intended to keep people safe. As another university year begins and thousands of young people leave home, the urgency of addressing any such gaps is clear.”

Selen Cavcav, Senior Caseworker at the charity INQUEST

The inquest is due to start on Monday, 16 September, and is scheduled to last for six days.