Dear Magdalene College,
I am requesting information pertaining to all serious incident investigations involving the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more students - a ‘serious incident’ being an adverse event, with significant harmful or potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.
The need for a serious incident report is specifically recognised in UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance.
It would be most useful, if your reply could be comprehensive. The key factor in all cases is that the University conducted a serious incident investigation. It is not limited to serious incident investigations following the death of a student, or a student suicide, or conducted after a mental health incident (such as attempted suicide, near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury), and whether in University owned property or not. Additionally, if you have records regarding students who were no longer registered with the University, but where you still carried out such an investigation, that information would also be of interest.
If you could provide the relevant numbers, subdivided according to any of the above and/or other categories, that would be extremely helpful.
So, for each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:
a) How many serious incident investigations has Magdalene College conducted?
b) How many serious incident reports were produced?
c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?
d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has Magadalene College shared with other institutions?
e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?
In the case of (d) and (e), please specify the different types of institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK, NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc
I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
regarding ‘serious incident’ investigations involving students. The answer
to each of your questions is 0-5.
The range 0-5 is used as the release the precise figure where very small
numbers are involved would risk identification of the personal data of
individuals. This is exempt under section 40(2) of the Act (Personal Data)
- the processing of this information for disclosure under FOI would be
unlawful or unfair and contravene principle (a) of the UK GDPR.
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On behalf of the Freedom of Information Officer
Secretary to the Assistant Bursar
Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG Tel: 01223 330575
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