Linnea Magnusson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Aberdeen
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Dear University of Aberdeen,
How many students drop out of University because of mental health problems?
Has there been an increase in students dropping out because of mental health problems in the past 5 years?
I refer to your email of 16 October 2018 and, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you within 20 working days.
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
University of Aberdeen
Dear Ms Magnusson,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2018- 367
I refer to your email of 16 October 2018 requesting information relating to students withdrawing due to mental health issues.
Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.
The University students records system does not use 'mental health' as a category for withdrawal, instead the student would be listed as either withdrawing under the category of 'Health reasons' or 'Other personal'. Attached to this email are two tables which show students withdrawing from their studies, under the categories of 'health reasons' or 'other personal'. The top table shows students who then re-enrolled the following year and the lower table shows students who did not re-register the following year.
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Information Compliance Officer
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