30 October 2018
By email to: email@example.com
Dear Mr van Herk,
I refer to your Freedom of Information request received on 9 October 2018 about timetables
and student parents.
Details of any exemptions applied are below. Where any information is “not held”, this is
explained below. Those parts of the University’s response (together with the details of how
to ask the University to review the management of your request, or thereafter to seek a
review by the Scottish Information Commissioner, should you wish to do so – please see
below) constitutes the notice in writing that the information specified is not held by the
University which is required under section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
Your enquiry and the University’s response.
Under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I wish to receive the following
information within 20 working days. Please provide the following in a single file
comprehensibly stated word document.
1) For each day of the week, the percentage of classes starting at:
For term one of the 2018/2019 academic year, classes are organised as follows:
Please note that it is not possible to break down this information for each day of the week.
2) Whether the university holds information on whether students are parents.
Information not held: the University does not routinely collect information on student parents.
Students applying through UCAS are able to state whether they have dependents, but the
type of dependent is not supplied and this field is not compulsory.
3) Whether the university consults with student parents (e.g. to find out if timetables suit with
child care arrangements/bringing children to school) before it creates timetables.
The University does not consult with student parents, as above. However, one of the guiding
principles of the timetabling policy is To provide stability and predictability to students, so
that they understand when they need to be in University, and can have the expectation that
changes will be made only in unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances.
This concludes the University’s response.
Your right to seek a review of how your information request was managed
If you are not satisfied with our response or our reasoning set out above, you have 40
working days in which to require a review of our decision. Any such request should be put in
writing and should be sent to the University Secretary, Abertay University, at the address
provided below. The request should:
(a) detail your request for a review of our decision to be undertaken
(b) describe the nature of your original request
(c) explain the reasons why you are dissatisfied with our response
Tel (01382) 308016
If you remain dissatisfied with how your request for information has been dealt with, you also
have the right, in terms of section 47 of FOISA, and within 6 months, to apply to the Scottish
Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether we have handled your request
Information relating to your right to seek review is available from the Scottish Information
or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the following address:
Scottish Information Commissioner,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews,
Fife KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Or via the SIC’s online appeals service:
If you are unhappy with the Commissioner’s decision, you also have the right to appeal
further to the Court of Session, on a point of law only, under section 56 of FOISA. Please
refer to the Commissioner’s website (details above) for further information about your right of
appeal to the Court of Session.
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