“What is striking is the almost total disengagement that has manifested itself, no contact after the finished group project to which (Will) contributed until March,” said Mr Horstead.
“But in May and until June, Will had simply withdrawn from any active and productive engagement with the demands of the course. “
He said the disengagement “could and should have … generated a more proactive engagement with Will on the part of the university.”
“There was a missed opportunity to engage with Will,” he said, adding that he had only suggested that one person hadn’t acted.
The coroner added: “It is not possible to establish a definitive causal link between this missed opportunity and the events of late September. “
He concluded that Mr Bargate had committed suicide and noted that changes had since been made at the university.
“Warwick Business School has since significantly lowered the threshold for referral to wellness services,” he said.
Quentin Bargate, founder of luxury asset law firm Bargate Murray, said after the hearing: “I think the University of Warwick has learned important lessons for the future, it is what I feared the most, and the most important thing for us is to put these terrible and tragic events behind us. “
In February, Mr Bargate wrote on a fundraising page, created in memory of Will: ‘We hope for a change, so that universities identify young students at risk and alert family and friends of any potential problems. potentially serious before it’s too late. To date, over £ 9,000 has been raised for Young Minds Trust.
Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor of Warwick, expressed his “sincere sympathy” to Mr Bargate’s family and said the university had carried out an internal review after his death.
“As a result, we’ve changed our procedure for contacting students if they don’t meet deadlines and don’t respond to emails from the university,” he said.
“Under these circumstances, we will now try to make contact in various ways to help us identify trigger points to escalate concerns to the wellness team, who will use their professional clinical judgment to assess the situation and identify all the steps we should take in trying to reach the students.
“And if a student fails an exam and no extenuating circumstances are submitted, it will now automatically trigger a follow-up contact.
“We will reflect on the coroner’s comments and, as always, remain open to any other changes that help strengthen our approach. ”