Dear Birkbeck, University of London,

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
07949 434 136

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Freedom of Information, Birkbeck, University of London

Dear Poppy Damon,

This is to confirm receipt of your Freedom of Information enquiry. 

We will respond to your request for information by the due date of 31 July 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information
Birkbeck, University of London

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Freedom of Information, Birkbeck, University of London

Dear Poppy Damon,

This is a response to your recent Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. I apologise for the delay you have experienced.

1. We don't offer bereavement specific counselling services or have a separate budget for dealing with bereavement. The Counselling Service offers one to one appointments that beginning with a 50 minute assessment and can include up to six appointments in any one academic year.

2. We do have freely available online resources specifically relating to bereavement:

3. There is no specific policy on academic breaks or extensions relating to bereavement. Students can request an extension or examination deferral through Mitigating Circumstances.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you may wish to contact the Freedom of Information Office in the first instance to see whether your concerns can be resolved informally. You also have the right to request a formal internal review that will consider the way in which your request has been dealt with. Requests for an internal review should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original communication and should be addressed to [Birkbeck, University of London request email].

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information
Birkbeck College
London WC1E 7HX

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