Degree verification contract dates.

R Tyrrell made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dear Goldsmiths, University of London,

Please can you send me the following contract information with regards to the institutions degree verifications contract. I am referring to the contract that the institution has with an external supplier to process requests for the confirmation of degree results that the institution has awarded to students.

What is the duration of the contract? Please include any extension periods.
What is the contract expiry date? Please provide me with the day/month/year.
What is the contract review date? Please provide me with the day/month/year.
Please provide the full contact details of the person within the institution who is responsible for the degree verifications contract including full name, job title, telephone number and email address.

Yours faithfully,

R Tyrrell

Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dear R Tyrrell,

I am writing to formally acknowledge your Freedom of Information (FOI)
request received on 05 December 2016.

We will respond promptly but in any event by 05 January 2017, this being
20 working days following the receipt of your request and is in accordance
with the time limit set out in the FOI Act.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Ramsey
Information Governance Policies & Project Officer

Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross,
London, SE14 6AF

Matthew Ramsey, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dear R Tyrrell,
I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request received
on 5 December 2016 in which you asked a number of questions  regarding our
degree verifications contract.

 1. Our contract is on a rolling basis subject to annual reviews.


 2. The current agreement expires on 18 January 2017.


 3. The next review is likely to take place shortly before that date.


 4. Goldsmiths considers the requested contact details to be exempt from
disclosure under section 43(2) of the FOI Act. Section 43(2) states;

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it)
Our experience is that disclosure of the type of information that you
request results in our staff being subject to unhelpful and unwanted
marketing. This is a drain on our resources and hampers our ability to
carry out our business.
Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption. This means we are required to
consider whether it is in the public interest to apply the exemption.
While we recognise that there may be some public interest in knowing which
staff member is responsible for a particular contract, we consider that it
is outweighed by the public interest in us not diverting resources away
from the provision of education to unproductive tasks.
I hope this response satisfies your Freedom of Information request.
However, if you are dissatisfied, you may ask for it to be reviewed by
either contacting us by email: [Goldsmiths, University of London request email] or by writing to:
Information Governance Policies & Project Officer
Room G10, DTH Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6AF
Please describe the original request, explain your grounds for
dissatisfaction, and include an address for correspondence.
If you are still not satisfied following the internal review, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at
the following address.
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 01625 545 700
With regards,
Matthew Ramsey
Information Governance & Records Manager
Goldsmiths, University of London

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