Student extenuating circumstances requests due to mental health issues

Max Copeman made this Freedom of Information request to Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Queen's University Belfast,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. 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.

I am looking for information regarding mental health issues among students, specifically:
a) Since the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year, how many of the students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who formally requested concessions from the university (i.e. submitted an Extenuating Circumstances form), cited mental health issues as their reason for the request?
b) How many of these mental health-related appeals have been deemed legitimate enough by the university/department for the concessions to be granted?
c) Which mental health issues in particular have been those most cited (e.g. anxiety, depression etc.) in the forms.

To be clear, I recognise that the sensitivity of mental health issues involves a level of confidentiality, but given that I am asking for the data and not the identities of students, I see no reason why this information can not be shared.

I request access to the information in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, where each of the 10 full academic years show all of the Extenuating Circumstances forms submitted with those relating to mental health clearly flagged and detailed with the specific issues/illness cited.
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Max Copeman

Info Compliance, Queen's University Belfast

The Information Compliance Unit will reopen 2 January 2020.

Info Compliance, Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Max

 

Please see attached acknowledgement of your recent access to information
request.

 

Kind regards

 

Ryan.

 

Registrar’s Office

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Dear Max

 

Please see attached response.

 

Kind regards

 

Shauneen

 

 

Shauneen Killyleagh| Information Compliance Unit |Extension1969 | email:
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