Number of undergraduate students suspending their studies

Request 

Dear FOI Officer,

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act. Please can I have the following information:
 
1. How many undergraduate students in the past four academic years (2014/15-2017/18) suspended their studies due to a mental health condition? Please can I have this information broken down by academic year, and by the year the student is in at the time of suspension (e.g. first year, second year, third year etc.). 
 
Many thanks,
 

Response

 
Dear Mr.., 
 
I write further to your request for information dated 12 March 2019.  This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA"). 
 
You requested details of:
 
1. How many undergraduate students in the past four academic years (2014/15-2017/18) suspended their studies due to a mental health condition? Please can I have this information broken down by academic year, and by the year the student is in at the time of suspension (e.g. first year, second year, third year etc.).   
 
Mental health issues are not recorded as a specific reason for intermitting. To locate and collate the information as to what year the student is in, would involve having to review individual student files. Covering a 4 year period, this would exceed the appropriate limit (s.12 FOIA).
 
In accordance with our duty under s.16 FOIA to provide advice and assistance, I confirm where students have indicated health reasons for withdrawal:
  • 2014/15 - 34 students left due to 'health reasons' 
  • 2015/16 - 25 students left due to 'health reasons' 
  • 2016/17 - 19 students left due to 'health reasons'
  • 2017/18 - 15 students left due to health reasons'
 
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