Covid-19

Duncan Willows made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to St Mary's University, Twickenham

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Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan St Mary's University, Twickenham o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Can you please tell me on what date does St Mary’s University recognise that the UK Government first introduced various measures to address the impact of COVID-19?

Does St Mary’s University hold any documents recognising that the World Health Organisation classed COVID-19 as pandemic on the 11th March 2020. If so, can you please email me these documents?

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request.

This request is now overdue.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows

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Made a complaint to the ICO

Freedom of Information, St Mary's University, Twickenham

1 Atodiad

Dear Sir

Please see the attached response to your FOI requests.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning
University Secretary and Head of Governance
Office of the Vice Chancellor
St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, TW1 4SX
020 8240 4267
07970 531112
[email address]

Dear Sir

Thank you for your email.

I would like to make an appeal to you and the Information Commissioner.

This is the rejection of 5 FOI requests. As a member of the public, I have a genuine interest in this information.
You have made assertions that don't add up. You claim that my partner is a student of your University in your reply to her which is not true and are attempting to link everyone together and make assumptions that everyone is using a pseudonym. I suggest that you are attempting to use FOI exemptions to remain aloof.

You charged students for accommodation up to April 8 when you told them to go home due to Covid. You also kept their gym membership money when you closed the gym which the law required you to do.

Looking at Steve Carter's Twitter, I believe that he is correct and that you are attempting to discredit him for his unpaid work to ensure that students are treated fairly by your University. I admire the work he is doing and will do whatever I can to help and assist him. The Competitions and Markets Authority require that you issue refunds to students where frustration or you beach the students' contract happens. I hold a genuine belief this has happened and you have done nothing to suggest otherwise except take private the Vice-Chairman's Youtube video message telling students to go home, which hardens my strong belief.

There are no pseudonyms in use, but if there were I'd say that your compliance with the FOI act and data security was at best woeful and I wouldn't be comfortable with you holding my personal data.

I fail to recognise the distress that you've been caused, the distress lies with the students who have had to pay for their rooms that they were told to vacate by your University and pay again for rooms elsewhere. £500 or so quid to your policymakers who are on large salaries might be insignificant, but to students on the breadline, this is a lot of money. I say this is money that you are not morally entitled to and allege not entitled to legally. This is a scandal and we are all very angry about it.

I think Emma has already explained your Rudyard Kiping tweet. Kipling was a controversial figure and a white supremacist, as a black man it infuriates me that people who hold significant power and work for public authorities dealing with young people from black backgrounds think nothing of impact to individuals that their personal views have. I think Kipling should be denounced for his enslavement of black people and never quoted by anyone working with people from different backgrounds.

I have never called you a racist. I have suggested that your tweet is insensitive and you could apologise (that offer is still open). A memorial to Kipling was righty protested against at Manchester University by students who are very switched on about discrimination. I feel very strongly about discrimination and I think Kipling was a racist, not you, I've no idea why you tweeted Kipling but given the circumstances, I hope you could agree it is insensitive?

I believe that you are attempting to use exclusions to prevent the release of important information that is intended to understand why you took a policy decision to tell students to go home where they can do so safely on March 24 and then charge them for their accommodation up to April 8.

I am appealing to the Information Commissioner.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'Covid-19'.

I am still waiting for this request can you please deal with it?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows