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Dear Universities,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in regards to the mental heath resources at your university.

1. How many support service staff have been employed with a mental health remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic years. If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please provide a total for the closest possible category.

2. Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic years, and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g. staff, marketing, equipment etc.

3. Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

4. Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

5. Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health provision over the last 5 years.

Please provide the above information digitally, preferably in the form of an excel spreadsheet.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Card

Hannah Randall, Harper Adams University

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Dear Kirsty

 

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There may be additional information available in response to questions 2
and 5, however, the staff members with access to this information are on
leave for the Christmas period and will not return until the new year.
Further information (if available) will be provided to you as soon as
possible.

 

Kind regards

 

Hannah

 

For and on behalf of Christopher Munro

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

 

Hannah Randall LLM Solicitor (not practicing)

Legal Officer

Office of the University Secretary

Harper Adams University

Edgmond | TF10 8NB

 

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Harper.ac.uk

 

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From: Kirsty <[FOI #537546 email]>
Sent: 07 December 2018 13:56
To: FOI <[Harper Adams University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Mental Health

 

Dear Universities,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request
the following information in regards to the mental health resources at
your university.

1. How many support service staff have been employed with a mental health
remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic years.
If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please provide a
total for the closest possible category.

2014/15 – 2 trained mental health workers (1 Counsellor, 1 Mental Health
Advisor)

2015/16 – 2 trained mental health workers (1 Counsellor, 1 Mental Health
Advisor)

2016/17 - 2 trained mental health workers (1 Counsellor, 1 Mental Health
Advisor)

2017/18 – 3 trained mental health workers (1 Counsellor, 1 Mental Health
Advisor, 1 Wellbeing Advisor)
2018/19- 3 trained mental health workers (1 Counsellor, 1 Mental Health
Advisor, 1 Wellbeing Advisor)

In addition, there are 4 other staff in the Student Services Department
and a University Chaplain who can offer additional support. There are also
14 student wardens who are available for peer support and who have been
trained to signpost students to the appropriate service.

2. Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic years,
and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g. staff,
marketing, equipment etc.

 

Year Costs (£)
2014/15 28,262
2015/16 28,617
2016/17 28,973.27
2017/18 30,492.94
2018/19 Data not yet available

 

3. Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the last 5
academic years.

 

Year Number of students accessing Counselling/Mental Health/Wellbeing
services
2014/15 244*
2015/16 266*
2016/17 234*
2017/18 470**
2018/19 Data not yet available

 

*Total referrals to Counsellor and Mental Health Advisor

**Total referrals to Counsellor, Mental Health Advisor and Wellbeing
Advisor

4. Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the last 5
academic years. This information is not recorded, however, the Student
Services Team have informed me that it is approximately 2 weeks.

5. Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health provision
over the last 5 years.

Please provide the above information digitally, preferably in the form of
an excel spreadsheet.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the
information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section
12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16
obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope
of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined
please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by
the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be
happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Card

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