Undergraduate and Postgraduate long Covid statistics

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Dear University of Huddersfield,

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

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Good Afternoon,

 

Our response to your request for information dated 19 November 2021 is
provide below.

 

 1. 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?
 2. How many postgraduate and undergraduate students from your university:

b) Took a leave of absence until the following academic year citing long
Covid as the reason.

3. 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?

           

o Please note that the University’s absence recording system does not
categorise the student’s absences due ‘long covid’ specifically. The
information requested in questions 1, 2b, and 3 is not held. 

 

2.  How many postgraduate and undergraduate students from your university:

 a. Deferred their studies citing long Covid as the reason

c)  Permanently dropped out of their course, as a result of developing
long Covid

 

o Please note that the University’s central recording system does not
categorise ‘long covid’ as a reason for deferral or withdrawal from
studies. Therefore, the information requested in questions 2a and 2c
is not held.

 

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

 

-     The University offers various support services for all students who
reported positive for Covid-19 and /or self isolating. Please visit our
website for further details. 
[1]https://www.hud.ac.uk/important-update/s....
Students can link with Disability Services if they have a long-term
medical condition which lasts or is likely to last a year or more and has
a significant impact on their day-to-day life. For some students, long
covid may have an ongoing adverse impact on their studies. If this is the
case, students are requested to provide evidence of this to the
University, such as a medical evidence. The students would then be offered
a range of support that is available for anyone with long term medical
condition. This may include internal support and adjustments to teaching,
learning and assessment and in some cases, the Disability Support team
recommends and support students to apply for the Disabled Students'
Allowance (DSA). For further details please visit our website
[2]https://students.hud.ac.uk/help/disabili....

 

     5. What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available
to postgraduate and undergraduate students who have long Covid at the
University.

 

-     The University’s Disability Services offer support to all students
who has any long term medical condition, including long Covid. The
University’s Student Services department review and ensure support offered
to students is appropriate and in line with recommendations received from
the Disability Advisers, Medical experts etc.  

 

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Esha Goswami

Information Governance Officer

University of Huddersfield

 

 

 

 

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