Serious Incident Statistics

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Dear Aberystwyth University,

A ‘serious incident’ is an adverse event, with significant harmful or potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

Serious incidents should be investigated, in order to identify any factors that might have contributed towards the incident occurring, and the fundamental issues (or root causes) that underpin them. It affords a no-blame opportunity to review what happened; what was done well/ the good practise points; areas of concern, if there are any, and importantly what lessons can be learned.

UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance recommends that serious incident investigations be conducted following a student death. The need for such a report has been highlighted by Ministers and at least one Coroner. The sharing of experiences, best practises and relevant knowledge with others is similarly advocated. Serious incident investigations should also as a matter of course be carried out in cases of attempted suicide, near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury.

So, with regard to the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more students. For each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:
a) How many serious incident investigations has Aberystwyth University conducted?
b) How many serious incident reports has Aberystwyth produced?
c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?
d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has Aberystwyth University shared with other institutions?
e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?

For each report in (d) and (e), please specify the different types of institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK, NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc

Yours sincerely

Johanna Langheld

Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth Information Governance [infstaff], Aberystwyth University

Dear Johanna Langheld,

Thank you for your request for information, received by Aberystwyth
University on 23^rd February 2021, in which you requested the following
information:

A ‘serious incident’ is an adverse event, with significant harmful or
potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the
university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health,
wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

Serious incidents should be investigated, in order to identify any factors
that might have contributed towards the incident occurring, and the
fundamental issues (or root causes) that underpin them. It affords a
no-blame opportunity to review what happened; what was done well/ the good
practise points; areas of concern, if there are any, and importantly what
lessons can be learned.

UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance recommends that serious
incident investigations be conducted following a student death. The need
for such a report has been highlighted by Ministers and at least one
Coroner. The sharing of experiences, best practises and relevant knowledge
with others is similarly advocated. Serious incident investigations should
also as a matter of course be carried out in cases of attempted suicide,
near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury.

So, with regard to the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more
students. For each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:

a)      How many serious incident investigations has Aberystwyth
University conducted?

b)      How many serious incident reports has Aberystwyth produced?

c)      How many serious incidents involved a fatality?

d)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has
Aberystwyth University shared with other institutions?

e)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other
institutions shared with you?

For each report in (d) and (e), please specify the different types of
institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK,
NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc.

You will receive a response as soon as possible, and in any event not
later than in 20 working days (24^th March 2021). 

 

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Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth Information Governance [infstaff], Aberystwyth University

Dear Johanna Langheld,
I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 ('the Act').  Please find below the University's
response. 

 A ‘serious incident’ is an adverse event, with significant harmful or
potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the
university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health,
wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

Serious incidents should be investigated, in order to identify any factors
that might have contributed towards the incident occurring, and the
fundamental issues (or root causes) that underpin them. It affords a
no-blame opportunity to review what happened; what was done well/ the good
practise points; areas of concern, if there are any, and importantly what
lessons can be learned.

UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance recommends that serious
incident investigations be conducted following a student death. The need
for such a report has been highlighted by Ministers and at least one
Coroner. The sharing of experiences, best practises and relevant knowledge
with others is similarly advocated. Serious incident investigations should
also as a matter of course be carried out in cases of attempted suicide,
near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury.

So, with regard to the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more
students. For each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:

a)      How many serious incident investigations has Aberystwyth
University conducted?

b)      How many serious incident reports has Aberystwyth produced?

c)      How many serious incidents involved a fatality?

d)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has
Aberystwyth University shared with other institutions?

e)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other
institutions shared with you?

For each report in (d) and (e), please specify the different types of
institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK,
NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc.

 

Under section 1(1)(a) of the Act, we can confirm that
the information requested is not held by the University as we do not
record incidents in this way, i.e. by using the definition "serious
incident".

We do not record incidents by the severity of the outcome. We require the
reporting and investigation of any incident, regardless of severity. The
University's Health, Safety and Environment Team receive and record
reports mainly relating to work or study-related accidents, incidents and
near misses. These categories are defined as follows:

o Incident - any undesired or unplanned event that has caused or could
have caused death, injury, ill health or damage to assets (loss), the
environment or third parties.
o Accident - any unplanned event that results in injury or ill-health of
people, or damage or loss to property, plant, materials or the
environment.
o Near miss - any event, which under slightly different circumstances,
may have resulted in injury or ill health of people, or damage or loss
to property, plant, materials or the environment.

Any event reported could have had potentially harmful consequences. All
incidents reported are subject to some level of investigation (whether
within the Department that generated the report and/or by the Health,
Safety and Environment Team), therefore the relative severity of the
incident is not identified by whether it has been subject to an
investigation or not.

 

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​review within two months of this response. 

Yours sincerely, ​  

 

 

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Llywodraethiant Governance
Prifysgol Aberystwyth, Llyfrgell Hugh Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen
Owen, Penglais, SY23 3DZ Library, Penglais, SY23 3DZ

Gwefan: [3]Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth Website: [4]Information Governance
Yn unol â pholisi dwyieithog In accordance with the bilingual
Prifysgol Aberystwyth, mae croeso i policy of Aberystwyth University, you
chi ohebu â’r Brifysgol yn Gymraeg are welcome to correspond with the
neu yn Saesneg. University in either Welsh or
English.

 

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Y Brifysgol orau yn y DU am Ansawdd ei Dysgu a Phrofiad Myfyrwyr
Best University in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience
(The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg. Cewch ateb Cymraeg i
bob gohebiaeth Gymraeg ac ateb Saesneg i bob gohebiaeth Saesneg. Ni fydd
gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.
We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English. Correspondence received in
Welsh will be answered in Welsh and correspondence in English will be
answered in English. Corresponding in Welsh will not involve any delay.

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