Previous ONS estimates looking at student suicides covered a range of other students including, for example, those in further education. The new statistics show that, between 2013 and 2016, higher education students in England and Wales had a significantly lower suicide rate compared with the general population of similar ages.
John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK, said: "This new release is the most comprehensive data we have on the rate of suicide among university students. Although there is a lower rate of student suicide among university students in England and Wales compared with the general population of similar ages, there is no room for complacency here. This remains an urgent challenge for universities and society.
"Professor Hugh Brady (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol) will be chairing a Universities UK advisory group for the development of a student suicide prevention and response toolkit with Papyrus in September.
"Universities UK is working with James Murray, father of Ben Murray who took his own life in Bristol. The aim is to develop specific policies on consent to share information with parents and carers and better join-up of university services for students in distress."