FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Jesus College, Cambridge,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20 working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are available in your university or college. Please could you answer the following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request.

Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
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Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Susan Webb, Jesus College, Cambridge

Dear Poppy,

Thank you for your request. Jesus College employ a professional counsellor, who is available to work with students throughout the academic year with matters including but not restricted to bereavement. This is in addition to the support provided by the University of Cambridge's University Counselling Service, who publish institution-wide guidance regarding bereavement, including but not restricted to students whose parents have died.

Provision for extensions and academic breaks is available through the University of Cambridge Exam Access and Mitigation Committee (undergraduates) and the Board of Graduate Studies (postgraduates).

The College spent an average of £40,000 per annum on Counselling Services between 2016 and 2019. For reasons of patient confidentiality this figure is not disaggregated.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Further details about making a request to the College, including your rights if you are not satisfied with our response may be found at

Information and advice about the Freedom of Information Act and making requests is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office

Best wishes

Susan Webb
Information Compliance Officer
IT Department
Jesus College Cambridge
01223 339831
e-mail: [email address]

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