College Counselling Provision

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Alice Gilderdale

Dear Murray Edwards College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could you please provide the following information:

In this FOI, when describing an ‘external Counselling provider’, this refers to any Counsellor who is not hired through the University’s Counselling Service.

1 - How many Counsellors does the College hire from an external Counselling provider to provide counselling or therapy for students during full term time?

2 - The name of the agency or company which the College is hiring Counsellors from.

3 - The hours of counselling the college hires external counsellors for during a week of full term.

4 - The skills or qualifications each of the College’s counsellors have and to what level.

5 - Does the College provide any other therapy or mental health support further to Counselling for students in the college for example nurses, therapists etc? Please list any.

6 - The skills or qualifications any of these employees hold and to what level.

7 - How many Counsellors does the college hire through the University’s Counselling Service?

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Alice Gilderdale

Dear Alice Gilderdale


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.


Please find the reply below.



Yours sincerely,


Robert Hopwood




Bursar and Fellow

Murray Edwards College

Huntingdon Road

Cambridge, CB3 0DF


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