Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh as part of a batch sent to 142 authorities
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Under the freedom of information act, please can I request the following information in relation to your university and any institutions you accredit degrees for.
a) The number of student deaths in each calender year of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, as well as the first quarter of 2022 (with separate figures for each year please);
b) Of these, the number of student deaths recorded as suicide by a coroner in each calender year of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, as well as the first quarter of 2022;
c) For each death recorded as suicide by a coroner, the date of death;
d) For each death recorded as suicide by a coroner, the campus or college which the student had been attending (if your institution has more than one college/campus).
If the following request cannot be met within cost limits, please can you provide me with advice on how I might refine my request?
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In reference to this request, I haven't used the correct terminology for Scotland. Where this reads 'coroner', please can I change this to 'procurator fiscal'.
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Queen Margaret University
East Lothian, EH21 6UU
Many thanks for this response, giving part of the information I had asked for.
To clarify, can I check that the university holds no records of the number of student suicides?
Or is there another way I could phrase my question, perhaps by asking about other university records rather than procurator fiscal verdicts, for instance, to get any figures (partial or full) that you might have on the number of student suicides each year?
Many thanks in advance,
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