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Our ref: F19/140
5th July 2019
Dear Mr Conway Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Information requested
Your request for information has been considered and the information is enclosed.
You requested the following information:-
1. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many UWS
students have died while a student at the university? Please note our records are available from academic year 2013/14.
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 to date
2. Please provide, if possible, a breakdown by gender for each year.
2018/19 (to date)
3. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many UWS
students have committed suicide while a student at the university? This information is exempt under Section 17 of the Act: Information not held.
We do not collect or hold records on the circumstances surrounding the death
of a student and we are therefore unable to provide the information.
4. The university’s rationale behind choosing to record or not to record student
suicides. The University does not receive formal notification of the cause of death and
therefore we are not able to record it.
5. University policy regarding all actions the university take after a student commits
suicide. The University’s involvement following any student death will vary dependent
on the individual circumstances of each case. All deaths in the student
community are particularly sensitive, often colleagues immediately involved
would meet to share Information, concerns, next steps and future plans.
The University’s priority is to acknowledge the family’s wishes and offer support
to all involved. This will generally involve assigning the family a single point of
contact to facilitate all interactions with the University, and sensitively
communicating in a range of ways with classmates, flatmates, and others in the
academic school or more widely to offer support.
Our Student Services staff and the Spiritual Care Team are available to offer help
and support to students and staff, as appropriate to the situation. Please find
link to “Supporting your Wellbeing” webpage here.
University staff also have access to a Health Assured Employee Assistance
Programme (EAP). EAPs are intended to help employees deal with issues that
might adversely impact their work performance, health, and wellbeing.
SafeTALK (NHS Scotland) is training which is intended as "suicide alertness" training. SafeTALK has been delivered to a number of staff and students already
and this is planned to continue. This will raise awareness further, increasing the
likelihood of anyone in a potential crisis situation being proactively offered
support and made aware of any other means of support available to them.
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