Dear University of Reading,
Under the Freedom of Information Act please could you provide me with some information about student mental health.
Across the University, what was the number of students, broken down for each academic year between 2008-9 and 2018-19, who intermitted for specifically mental health issues?
Of these students who intermitted, how many each year returned to the University to resume their studies one year after intermitting?
Of these students who intermitted, how many each year never returned to the University to resume their studies?
Please could you also provide me with the number of students, broken down for each academic year between 2008- 9 and 2018- 19, who have accessed counselling services provided by the university. If possible, please provide a breakdown of the types of issue the students are seeking help for.
Please could you provide me with this information in an excel spreadsheet.
If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. Under Section 16 it is your duty to provide advice and assistance and so I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.
Dear Ms Coleman,
This email is to confirm receipt of your request for information and to
confirm with you that we do not hold some of the information specified in
‘Mental health issues’ is not a classification the University uses to
record students who have intermitted / suspended however, the University
does use ‘health reasons’ as a classification for suspension which would
likely include those who suspended for mental health reasons but it would
also include other health reasons. Under section 16 (duty to provide help
and assistance) we would like to advise you that if you broaden the scope
of your request to ‘health reason’ this may be something we are able to
In respect of the number of students who accessed counselling services,
our records go as far back as 2013/14 only. In addition it is likely that
further breakdown of the types of issues students seek help for would
engage the cost limit exemption. This is because this information is not
held in an easily access aggregated format, in order to provide the
information we would need to go into each individual student registration,
(of which there are thousands), with the service to identify the
reason(s), in some instances students might use the service for more than
one reason. Under section 16 we would like to advise that if you would
like the number of registrations from 2013/14 onward we might be able to
provide this to you.
Your request is on hold pending receipt of your reply.
Please note this has been given the reference number IMPS#02641.
Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[University of Reading request email] t: +44 (0)118 378 8981
Thank you for response. Please disregard my request as you do not have the information I require.
Dear Ms Coleman,
Thank you for confirming. We are sorry we are unable to provide the requested data.
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