Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

Dr Jim Partridge made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Oxford Brookes University

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Oxford Brookes University.

Dear Oxford Brookes University,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI – UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

Vanna Leathart, Oxford Brookes University

Dear Dr Partridge,

Freedom of Information Act Request - our reference 2017-016.

Thank you for your email dated 31st January 2017 requesting information
from Oxford Brookes University about the cost of an engineering degree.

The University will respond on or before 28th February 2017,  the date on
which the 20 working day response period permitted by the Freedom of
Information Act ends.

I may need to contact you again if the request needs to be clarified; this
is to ensure that we provide you with the information you require.

Please note that in certain cases some information you have requested may
not be provided to you; this will only be information that can be withheld
by law. In these cases the reasons will be explained to you along with
your copy of any information that can be released to you.

Yours Sincerely

Vanna Leathart

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Vanna Leathart
University Records Manager
IT Services
Oxford Brookes University
Tel: +44 (0)1865 484046
Please note my normal working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Vanna Leathart, Oxford Brookes University

Dear Dr Partridge,

Freedom of Information Act Request - our reference 2017-016.

Further to your email of 31st January 2017 asking for information from
Oxford Brookes University about the cost of an undergraduate engineering
degree, I am able to provide the following information in response to your
request.

You asked:

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an
undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include
all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g.
including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs
that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you
have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS
classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll,
IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural
and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI – UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1.      General engineering
2.      Civil engineering
3.      Mechanical engineering
4.      Aerospace engineering
5.      Electronic and electrical engineering
6.      Production and manufacturing engineering
7.      Chemical, process and energy engineering

Our response:

From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that searching for the
information you have requested will exceed the appropriate time and
costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
This is currently £450 (equivalent to 18 hours staff effort).  The
University does not record this data in the way that you have requested,
and break the data down by the cost areas you asked for and to split out
costs involved in services shared with other degrees, will, we believe,
considerably exceed the appropriate limit set out in the Act.  Therefore
we are withholding this information.

If this information does not address your requirements under the Freedom
of Information Act or you wish to complain about any aspect of the
handling of this request, then you should contact the undersigned in the
first instance. Should you remain dissatisfied, then you may apply for an
internal review by contacting the Director of Corporate Affairs at Oxford
Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 OBP (email:
[1][email address] ).  Your request for internal review should be
submitted to us within 40 working days of receipt by you of this
response. 

During the independent review the handling of your information request
will be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with
this response. If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your
request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information
Commissioner at The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further contact information and
details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be
found on the Commissioner's website: [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/ 

Please note that the Information Commissioner is unlikely to investigate
your case until the University’s internal review process has been
completed.

Yours sincerely

Vanna Leathart

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Vanna Leathart
University Records Manager
IT Services
Oxford Brookes University
Tel: +44 (0)1865 484046
Please note my normal working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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