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Health colleagues mourn death of nurse Karen Buckley

Nursing colleagues and fellow occupational therapy students pay tribute to the Glasgow-based nurse who was found dead this week

Tributes have poured in from healthcare professionals in Ireland and Scotland in memory of nurse Karen Buckley who died this week.

Karen Buckley Karen Buckley. Picture credit: Rex features

Ms Buckley, from Cork, was reported missing after a night out in Glasgow on Saturday and yesterday Police Scotland confirmed they had found her body at a farm in the north of Glasgow.

The 24-year-old nurse joined Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in January to study occupational therapy.

GCU vice-chancellor Pamela Gillies said the university was ‘deeply saddened by the news of the loss of our student Karen Buckley’.

She added: ‘Karen’s lecturers describe her as a lovely young woman, who was conscientious and a good team player, popular with her peers, and looking forward to a successful career in occupational therapy.’

A GCU spokesperson said it is alerting its students that the university’s Faith and Belief Centre, chaplains, student support service and Students’ Association are available to offer help and counselling to students who require support.

She added: ‘A book of condolences is being set up in the university and a floral tribute to Karen will be arranged on campus for students, staff, friends and members of the public.’

Ms Buckley began her nurse training at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, in 2009. A special mass was held and a candle and photograph of her were left in tribute at the reception to the health sciences building.

The university, in particular the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, also expressed deep sadness on learning the news about Ms Buckley.

Its statement said: ‘Karen was a very valued member of the UL Community as well as the wider nursing and medical communities in Limerick, having spent time working in both the University Hospital Limerick and the University Maternity Hospital.

‘The thoughts of the entire UL community are with her parents and family and her wide circle of friends as well as her UL classmates and medical colleagues.’

Her former UL nursing classmates set up a fund after learning about Ms Buckley’s disappearance to raise money to help her family.

The fund raised £50,000 in just one day.

Her friends posted a message on the fundraising site to ask people to ‘light a candle in Karen’s memory’.

They added: ‘Sleep tight Karen, from your heartbroken University of Limerick General Nursing Cohort 2009.’

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