Undergraduate and Postgraduate long Covid statistics

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Dear Bath Spa University,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students impacted by long Covid at your university.

How many postgraduate and undergraduate students were recorded to have had long Covid at your university at any time in the period between September 2020 - September 2021?

How many postgraduate and undergraduate students from your university:
a) Deferred their studies citing long Covid as the reason
b) Took a leave of absence until the following academic year citing long Covid as the reason
c) Permanently dropped out of their course, as a result of developing long Covid

What were the five longest periods in days that postgraduate and undergraduate students took a leave of absence from their course due to long Covid in the time period between September 2020 - September 2021?

Does your university offer any specialised support for postgraduate and undergraduate students living with long Covid? If so could you please provide details of these services.

What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available to postgraduate and undergraduate students who have long Covid at your university?

Yours faithfully,

Grace Pritchard

FOI Officer, Bath Spa University

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With Best Wishes,

Freedom of Information Officer
Bath Spa University

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Our Ref: FOI 21 182

Dear Grace,

Thank you for your request for information regarding long Covid cases.

We received your request on 19/11/2021 and we are dealing with it under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will supply you with
our findings as soon as possible and within 20 working days, which will be
on or before 17/12/2021.

If you have any queries regarding this request please contact me directly,
quoting the reference number above.

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Bath Spa University
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FOI Officer, Bath Spa University

Ref: FOI 21 182

Dear Grace,

Further to your email of 19/11/2021 which I have treated as a Freedom of
Information request, please find below the information that you requested.

Query

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the
following information on the number of undergraduate and postgraduate
students impacted by long Covid at your university.

How many postgraduate and undergraduate students were recorded to have had
long Covid at your university at any time in the period between September
2020 - September 2021?

How many postgraduate and undergraduate students from your university:
 a) Deferred their studies citing long Covid as the reason
 b) Took a leave of absence until the following academic year citing long
Covid as the reason
 c) Permanently dropped out of their course, as a result of developing
long Covid

What were the five longest periods in days that postgraduate and
undergraduate students took a leave of absence from their course due to
long Covid in the time period between September 2020 - September 2021?

Does your university offer any specialised support for postgraduate and
undergraduate students living with long Covid? If so could you please
provide details of these services.

What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available to
postgraduate and undergraduate students who have long Covid at your
university?

Response

Bath Spa University does not hold information on the number of students
who have had long Covid. We also do not record the reasons for taking a
break in study or withdrawal in a way that would enable us to identify or
report on any requests which reference "long Covid". The reasons for
withdrawal or taking a study break are provided to us in a narrative
format, sometimes within attached documents, so although we might find
some examples, it would be difficult to quantify total numbers citing
"long COVID" with any degree of accuracy. 

There is no specialised support in place for students living with long
Covid. This is because anyone experiencing long Covid will be supported
and enabled in the same ways as anyone with an ongoing illness or
disability. This will include adjustments, mitigating circumstances and
other support measures dependent on the individual circumstance.

I trust this answers your queries, however, if you are unhappy with the
service you have received in relation to your request and wish to ask for
a review of the decision, you should write to: Freedom of Information
Officer, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN or
email to [1][Bath Spa University request email] within 40 working days of receipt
of the original decision. 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the University’s
review procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

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Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Officer
Bath Spa University
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