Expenditure on wine, scholarship awards and mental health support

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I have five questions, all concerning college expenditure in the academic year 2016-17. 

[1] How much money did the college spend on wages and equipment for the college nurse?
[2] How much money did the college spend on wages for the college counsellor?
[3] How much money did the college spend on mental health training for staff and students?
[4] How much money did the college spend on cash prizes and awards for students who achieved certain marks in end-of-year examinations? This includes scholars' prizes for attaining a first-class mark, Book Prizes for a high 2:i and any other cash prize paid to the student as a consequence of examination performance.
[5] How much money did the college spend on providing free alcoholic beverages to Fellows, students, conference guests, attendees of chapel services and any other persons? This includes wine, port, sherry and any other alcoholic beverage. 


Yours faithfully, 

Jay Richardson

Paul Boult, Downing College, Cambridge

Dear Mr Richardson,
 
Thank you for your FoI request to Downing College regarding expenditure on
wine, scholarship awards and mental health support. I have answered your
questions below.
 
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Best wishes,
 
Paul Boult
Records Manager
Downing College, Cambridge
 
 
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Expenditure on wine, scholarship
awards and mental health support
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
I have five questions, all concerning college expenditure in the academic
year 2016-17. 

[1] How much money did the college spend on wages and equipment for the
college nurse?
ANS: the salary of the Downing College Nurse is personal information and
therefore exempt under section 40(2) of the FoI Act.
 
[2] How much money did the college spend on wages for the college
counsellor?
ANS: Downing College does not directly employ a Counsellor, but in 2016/17
we spent £24,892 on counselling as part of the University Counselling
Service (UCS). In addition, the College now also provides a free and
confidential College-Based Counselling service for all undergraduate and
postgraduate students registered at the College. Please see the website at
[3]https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/cbccou... for further details.
 
[3] How much money did the college spend on mental health training for
staff and students?
ANS: the College does not have a specific mental health training budget,
but we offer student wellbeing support and advice with information on our
website at [4]http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/students/welfare including support
from College Tutors, and more specifically at
[5]http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/students/welfar...
with details about the free College-based Counselling service for all
Downing Students, plus information about a range of organisations offering
further support.
 
[4] How much money did the college spend on cash prizes and awards for
students who achieved certain marks in end-of-year examinations? This
includes scholars' prizes for attaining a first-class mark, Book Prizes
for a high 2:i and any other cash prize paid to the student as a
consequence of examination performance.
ANS: Downing awarded £48,540 for College prizes and scholarships for
2016-17.
 
[5] How much money did the college spend on providing free alcoholic
beverages to Fellows, students, conference guests, attendees of chapel
services and any other persons? This includes wine, port, sherry and any
other alcoholic beverage.
ANS: It should be noted that College events where alcohol is provided at
no charge includes:
1.       Some student dinners, e.g. at matriculation and on graduation day
2.       Graduands’ reception
3.       Tutorial receptions and garden parties for students with Tutors
and Directors of Studies
4.       Development events for alumni and fundraising purposes, e.g.
Donors’ garden parties
5.       MA degree lunches.
Please also be advised that except for a very few formal occasions,
Fellows pay for their own wine.
 
We are unable to separate the amounts spent on beer and minerals,
otherwise the figures for the Financial Year 2016-17 are: beer/minerals
£3,209; wine (incl. fortified wine) £29,677.
 
 Yours faithfully, 

Jay Richardson
 
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