Donations from oil and gas companies

University of St Andrews Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear University of St Andrews,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like to be provided with the following information:

(1) For the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and any available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with details on accepted donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have come from oil and gas companies. For each, I would like the following information:

- The name of the oil/gas company that gave the donation
- The date the university accepted such donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The sum and description of the accepted donation, gift, grant and research funding
- A description of what the donation, gift, grant and research funding was used for

(2) Also, for the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and any available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with details on donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have come from oil and gas companies which have been rejected by the university.

For each rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding, please provide the following information:

- The name of the oil/gas company that tried to give the donation
- The date the university rejected such donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The sum and description of the rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The reasons why the donation, gift, grant and research funding was rejected

I would like to receive the information electronically - preferably in an Excel format. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad or too vague, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request. Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Jenna,

Thank you for your information request dated 28 June 2021 in relation to donations, gifts, grants and research funding from oil and gas companies.

You will receive a response as soon as possible and within the timeframe prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 i.e. no later than 26 July 2021.

Should any clarification be needed to assist in the processing of your enquiry I will be back in touch at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, should you have any queries about your information request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

June

June Weir
Information Assurance and Governance Officer
Office of the Principal

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House
Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US
Fife, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Jenna,

I refer to your request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and my subsequent acknowledgement. From the description of the information provided we are unable to locate and retrieve information of relevance - it is not possible to identify oil/gas companies as our financial records are not categorised in this way. When requesting information under section 8 of the FOISA, the information being requested must be sufficiently described to enable a reasonable search to be undertaken. To allow us to take your enquiry forward I would therefore be grateful if you could specify companies that are of interest to enable a search to be carried out on this basis.

This request for additional information is made under section 1(3) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please note that on receiving the requested clarification, you will receive the University's response within 20 working days from that date.

Your request will be held pending until I hear from you further.

Yours sincerely,

June

June Weir
Information Assurance and Governance Officer
Office of the Principal

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House
Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US
Fife, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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Thank-you for your response. I'm happy to provide a list of companies:

- BP
- Shell
- Chevron
- TechnipFMC
- ConocoPhillips
- Schlumberger
- SSE
- Scottish Power
- Halliburton
- ExxonMobile
- Ineos
- Mercuria
- Siccar Point
- Blackstone
- Blue Water

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Jenna,

Thank you for providing the additional information requested which was received on 19 July 2021. I confirm your request for information in relation to donations/gifts, grants and research funding from the specified oil and gas companies is being processed.

You will receive a response as soon as possible and within the timeframe prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 i.e. no later than 17 August 2021.

Yours sincerely,

June

June Weir
Information Assurance and Governance Officer
Office of the Principal

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House
Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US
Fife, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

1 Atodiad

Dear Jenna,

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request below for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

June

 

 

 

 

June Weir

Information Assurance and Governance Officer

Office of the Principal

 

University of St Andrews

Walter Bower House

Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US

Fife, Scotland

 

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

 

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

 

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Many thanks for your response. It is much appreciated. I would like to make the same request, but for the companies Total, Equinor and Eni. Please confirm receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Jenna,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for the following information under
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

 

 1. For the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and any
available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with details
on accepted donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have
come from companies Total, Equinor and Eni.

                For each, I would like the following information:

a.            The name of the oil/gas company that gave the donation

b.            The date the university accepted such donation, gift, grant
and research funding

c.             The sum and description of the accepted donation, gift,
grant and research funding

d.            A description of what the donation, gift, grant and research
funding was used for.

 

 2. Also, for the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and
any available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with
details on donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have
come from companies Total, Equinor and Eni which have been rejected by
the university.

For each rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding, please
provide the following information:

 a. The name of the oil/gas company that tried to give the donation
 b. The date the university rejected such donation, gift, grant and
research funding
 c. The sum and description of the rejected donation, gift, grant and
research funding
 d. The reasons why the donation, gift, grant and research funding was
rejected

 

You will receive a response as soon as possible and within the timeframe
prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
i.e. no later than 25 October 2021.

 

Should any clarification be needed to assist in the processing of your
enquiry I will be back in touch at the earliest opportunity.  In the
meantime, should you have any queries about your information request
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

 

 

June Weir

Information Assurance and Governance Officer

Office of the Principal

 

University of St Andrews

Walter Bower House

Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US

Fife, Scotland

 

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

 

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

1 Atodiad

Dear Jenna,

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request below for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

June

 

 

 

 

June Weir

Information Assurance and Governance Officer

Office of the Principal

 

University of St Andrews

Walter Bower House

Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US

Fife, Scotland

 

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

 

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir