Cambridge’s press office spokesman Angel Gurria said on Thursday that the university wants to pay tribute to the PhD student who was undertaking research on Egyptian street seller trade unions when he was abducted.

The university made no comment regarding the search of the home and office of Dr Maha Abdelrahman, Mr Regeni’s former supervisor, on Wednesday.

Italian prosecutors seized a PC, pen drive, hard disk and cell phone.

The university has been criticised in Italy for being “tight-lipped” in relation to the murder case.

Mr Regeni was abducted on January 25, 2016, on the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled former strongman Hosni Mubarak.

His tortured body was found beside the highway to Alexandria on February 3.

Egyptian security forces, who are frequently accused of brutally repressing opponents, claim to have played no part in the death of the Friulian researcher, whose work on trade unions was politically sensitive.