Student Deaths in the last 10 years

Michael Conway made this Freedom of Information request to The Robert Gordon University

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Dear The Robert Gordon University,

Please provide me with information on the following:
1. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many Robert Gordon students have died while a student at the university?

2. Please provide, if possible, a breakdown by gender for each year.

3. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many Robert Gordon students have committed suicide while a student at the university?

4. The university’s rationale behind choosing to record or not to record student suicides.

5. University policy regarding all actions the university take after a student commits suicide

Yours faithfully,

Michael Conway

FOI, The Robert Gordon University

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FOI, The Robert Gordon University

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Dear Michael
F (09/07) 140619-3 Student Deaths
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The University is able to advise you that some of the numbers involved are
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