FOI: bereavement services

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Dear University of Dundee,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20 working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are available in your university or college. Please could you answer the following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request.

Regards,
Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
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Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

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Dear Ms Damon , Ms Coan,

Thank you for your request for information from the University of Dundee. The University offers support for students for a range of life events, including bereavement, via a range of Student Services. For example:

- Student Services - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-services/
- Health Services - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-service...
- Live Smart guide - http://libguides.dundee.ac.uk/livesmart
- Counselling Services - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-service...
- Self-help note on losing a loved one - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-service...

Where anyone would like help or to talk to someone, but do not wish to access counselling, the University’s Support Advisors are available via the Enquiry Centre - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-service.... Information on the University’s Chaplaincy, who also provide confidential support, can be found here - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/chaplaincy/.

The support provided will vary on a case by case basis and, as such, the University does not have a specific policy or similar on this topic. Equally, the Counselling Services budget does not have a specific code for ‘bereavement’.

The University will, of course, consider study breaks or applications in respect of mitigating circumstances following a bereavement. Again, this would be considered in respect of and sympathetic to individual circumstances. Information on that process can be found here - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/qf/documents/de....

I trust that this is helpful. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Alan

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Alan Bell
Head of Information Governance
Culture & Information
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN

t: 01382 384441
http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cultureandinform...

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On 03/07/2019, 18:40, "Poppy Damon" <[FOI #586880 email]> wrote:

Dear University of Dundee,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20 working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are available in your university or college. Please could you answer the following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request.

Regards,
Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
[Number Removed]

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

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