Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Queen Mary University of London,
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please provide any information that you hold answering to any of the following descriptions:

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

Yours faithfully,

U. Winfield

Queen Mary, University of London FOI, Queen Mary University of London

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

Dear Queen Mary, University of London FOI,

I hope that you will soon be ready to give me the answers to my FoI request. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

U. Winfield

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

2 Atodiad

FOI 2021/F71


Dear U. Winfield,


Thank you for your email.


I am pleased to provide the following responses. Please accept our
apologies for the slight delay in responding.


 1. Queen Mary did not submit to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in
2019 or 2020. We submitted 3 subsections for 2021 application. We were
awarded from 2018 application in 2019.
 2. No feedback was received in relation to application or programme as we
did not submit in 2019 or 2020. Last submission was made in 2018,
awarded in 2019.
 3. Please see attached. Redactions have been made to the documents to
withhold personal data under s.40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 by virtue of s.40(3A)(a). Since we do not have the consent of the
individuals and it would not be within their reasonable expectations
that this information would be disclosed in to the public domain, we
believe this would breach the first data protection principle.
Moreover, it could cause distress.  The Information Commissioner
states, “If disclosure would not be fair or transparent, you must not
disclose the information”(^1). This is an absolute exemption. Amongst
the attached there is a draft FAQs document, which was shared with
Stonewall Client Manager for comments, feedback and to ensure that
information outlined in the FAQs was in line with the Equality Act
2010 and Public Sector Duty. The FAQs document remains unpublished
both internally and externally.
 4. No equality impact assessments were carried out as no applications
were made.  
 5. (i) £3000, (ii) £3000 – services.
 6. We intend to continue to be part of Diversity Champion Scheme and
submitting to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Applications are
not mandated annually.


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Yours sincerely


Paul Smallcombe

Records & Information Compliance Manager 




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