Edinburgh College Communications Request

Andrew Denholm made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

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Dear Sirs,

I am writing under FOISA to formally request the following information:

Copies of all or any correspondence mentioning Edinburgh College since 1 August 2012 to the present date from any member of staff or representative of Edinburgh College detailing or including feedback or action requests or complaints to the Scottish Funding Council mentioning Edinburgh College or members of staff at Edinburgh College in any capacity.

Please include any or all responses sent from The Scottish Funding Council to any member of Edinburgh College staff or representative/s of Edinburgh College regardless if they are still employees or representatives of either Edinburgh College or The Scottish Funding Council at present or not.

This correspondence must include but is not limited to emails, letters, faxes, reports, recommendations, audit findings and documents or any records held of a similar nature.

I am aware that you can provide this information without breaching data protection by the method of redacting personally identifiable information.

Please inform me at your earliest convenience if any part of this FOISA request is not clear or require clarification and I will be promptly clarify my request.

I would be grateful for a confirmation of this request and look forward to receiving the that information requested within the allocated timescale of 20 working days.

I am also requesting that this information is sent electronically.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Denholm

Alison Kendall, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Dear Andrew,

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and will be answered within twenty working days, so you should expect to hear from us no later than the 24th February.

If you have any queries about this request, do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Alison Kendall

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Alison Kendall, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Dear Andrew,

Please could I clarify exactly what information you are requesting?

This is what I understand from your request:
All correspondence (in any format) from staff or representatives of Edinburgh College to SFC regarding any complaints against Edinburgh College.
(Also to include any responses from SFC to the above)

You also mention feedback and actions requests - could you clarify what you mean by these?

Once we receive your clarification, we will compile the information you have requested.

Regards,
Alison Kendall

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustanability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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Hi Alison,

Thank you for your reply,

Yes all correspondence in any format from staff, representatives including union representatives of Edinburgh College to SFC regarding any/all correspondence including but not limited to complaints, feedback, action requests, investigations and audit requests concerning any aspect of the operations of Edinburgh College, also including any responses from SFC relating to the above.

Regarding feedback & action requests, I mean, what recommendations or actions has the SFC taken or advised Edinburgh college to ensure that the college is performing in accordance with the expected outcome agreement between SFC and the college?

I appreciate your quick response to my request and I shall look forward to your response within 20 days.

Yours,

Andrew Denholm

 

Alison Kendall, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Hi Andrew,

We are putting together the information for your request, and have all of the correspondence relating to complaints, feedback, action requests etc.

Obviously, SFC has a great deal of day to day correspondence with colleges and, as in your request you have added 'not limited to', I just wanted to check that you were not interested in this sort of thing.

To summarise, we have put together correspondence relating to any sort of action or actionable situation - do you feel that this will cover the information you are looking for?

Regards,
Alison

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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Info, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Dear Mr Denholm,

I am writing to inform you that, due to the volume of information involved in your request, we are unlikely to be able to respond within the 20 working day limit.

I must apologise for this, we will endeavour to respond by the end of the week.

Regards,
Alison Kendall

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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Hi Alison,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your previous email where you quoted:

"Obviously, SFC has a great deal of day to day correspondence with colleges and, as in your request you have added 'not limited to', I just wanted to check that you were not interested in this sort of thing.

To summarise, we have put together correspondence relating to any sort of action or actionable situation - do you feel that this will cover the information you are looking for?"

I appreciate the volume of work that you are doing to compile this request however, I am interested in the day to day correspondence and request such to be included.

Hence my statement 'not limited to' meaning that there may be additional relevant information that I have not stated in my request.

I trust this clarifies my request and you have my full understanding and appreciation of the time delay in compiling this information.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Denholm

Info, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your email.

You have said that the day to day correspondence may contain 'additional relevant information'. Can I ask, relevant to what?

We cannot include ALL correspondence between SFC and Edinburgh College since August 2012 as this would be an enormous task.

We have put together all of the material we have relating to complaints and actionable situations, which includes all correspondence that mentions these.

If you wish us to include additional information/correspondence, please let me know specifically what this is.

Once we have your clarification I will get a response to you as soon as possible.

Regards,
Alison

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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Hi Alison,

Thanks again for your prompt response.

You asked what relevance the documentation was for? To answer your question .. my personal research.

Again, I concede, this would be a rather large task, therefore I am happy to accept your correspondence appertaining to complaints and actionable situations, which includes all correspondence that mentions these.

Thank you for your help

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Denholm

Info, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

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Hi Andrew,

In response to your request for information, please find attached our response. I will send this in two parts due to the volume of the material. We have redacted names of college staff (with the exception of the Principal and Chair of the Board), students and non-senior SFC staff under exemption S38: Personal Information.

I hope you find this information useful. If it does not cover what you were looking for, please let me know and we can carry out a further search.

If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request a review by reply, stating the reasons for your dissatisfaction, within 40 working days.

Regards,
Alison

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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Info, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

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Hi Andrew,

Please find attached the second part of our response to your FOI request.

Regards,
Alison

Alison Kendall | Scottish Funding Council | Comhairle Maoineachaidh na h-Alba
T 0131 313 6691 |E [email address]
Information Management and Security Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Fiosrachaidh & Tèarainteachd
Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group | Buidheann Ionnsachaidh, Riaghlaidh & Seasmhachd

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