MBA Information

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Dear University of Nottingham,

I am currently looking at studying an MBA however with so much choice within the market I would like to know some more background and operational information which is not available on all the Universities website I am look at.

I would like to know the following information

1. Total MBA Budget per year, per course e.g. full time/part-time/flexible/executive
1.1 If possible how much of this is spent on teaching, overseas trips and scholarships.
2. The number of none academic staff that support the above courses e.g. recruitment staff/administration staff/ operational staff. Can this information be provided with if they are full time, part time etc, and the type of contact and job title
3. The number of academic staff that teach on the programme with the following information a) number of female and males, the number that have PhD's, the number that have practical non academic experience in business.
4. The size of the last two years MBA student body (number of students on each course)
5. The number of different nationalities within the student body over the last two years.
6. The female to male ratio for students in the last two years.

If calcification is required please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Katie Kidd

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear Katie

Thank you for your request for information regarding MBA programme information. Your request was received on 28 August 2018 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will respond to your request within twenty working days. Please note this is calculated from the following working day from receipt of your request.

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

Information Compliance Officer – Freedom of Information
Registrar’s Department

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

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Dear Katie

I am writing further to your request for information regarding MBA programme information. A search of our electronic and paper records has been completed and I can confirm that the information requested is held by the University.

In answer to your request:

1. Total MBA Budget per year, per course e.g. full time/part-time/flexible/executive
1.1 If possible how much of this is spent on teaching, overseas trips and scholarships.

We believe that the budget information requested is commercially sensitive information, exempt from disclosure under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. Disclosure of such information would be likely to undermine the University's commercial position in the view of its competitors, customers and potential customers, particularly at such a competitive time as this for Higher Education institutions in recruiting students. In considering your request, we have applied the public interest test and, in our view, the public interest in the release of this information is minimal and outweighed by the strong public interest in not doing so as disclosure would inhibit the University's ability to compete in a free and open market.

We therefore conclude that this email acts as a refusal notice for the disclosure of the information for these parts of your request.

However, we are able to supply the following information in relation to question 1:

The Nottingham University Business School currently charges £24,975 tuition fees per student for the full-time and part-time EMBA UK delivered MBA programmes and invests in the MBA programme to provide all students the support they require to be supported throughout their studies. The following list is not exhaustive but highlights some of the areas we invest to support our MBA students through their studies:

- The opportunity to benefit from Business guest speakers who are invited to speak on individual modules, as part of the Financial Minds guest speaker series and the Business Leaders series which are offered on an annual basis.
- Case studies are purchased and used in modules.
- Students are provided with access to the dedicated Postgraduate Career Service, located in the Business School, which offers the opportunity to benefit from one to one consultations, Career Leader, Work Maze, assessment through the 360 analysis and psychometric tests, as well as access to Bloomberg software through the Bloomberg resources room.
- The School, whilst it charges an additional fee to students who choose to take the International study tour, invests to subsidise these international study tours.
- The allocation of an academic personal tutor and academic supervisor to support the MBA Management project to each student.

In addition, we are able to supply the following information in relation to question 1.1:

With reference to the amount of scholarship funds, we have a generous amount of scholarship funds which we allocate on an annual basis to talented applicants, as per our website: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/pr...

2. The number of none academic staff that support the above courses e.g. recruitment staff/administration staff/ operational staff. Can this information be provided with if they are full time, part time etc, and the type of contact and job title

We estimate that the cost of complying with this part of your request would exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The reason for this is due to the large number of staff who support these programmes. The Act sets a maximum cost of £450 for public authorities responding to requests for information. This represents the estimated cost of one person working for 3.5 days in determining whether the information is held, locating it, and retrieving it. Under Section 12 of the Act the University is not obliged to comply with a request that would exceed the appropriate limit and we will not be processing this part of your request further.

However, we can confirm that the non-academic staff who support all the Business School programmes are listed on our website at: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/pe.... This includes the Postgraduate Careers team, Academic and administrative support for the programmes and our alumni relations.

The Business School MBA students are also supported by Student Services, which includes the Welfare Team which deal with student queries and welfare issues, please see the Student Services link which outlines the support services available to students to access: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studentserv...

3. The number of academic staff that teach on the programme with the following information a) number of female and males, the number that have PhD's, the number that have practical non academic experience in business.

As above, we estimate that the cost of complying with this part of your request would exceed the appropriate limit.

However, we can confirm that the Business School is a full servicing Business School with over 150 academic members of staff divided into the following subject divisions: Banking and Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management and Organisational Behaviour, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Economics, Marketing and Strategy. Each of the Business School modules has a module convenor and if required other teaching staff and guest speakers. The full list of our teaching staff, which includes the doctoral titles can be found at: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/pe.... The staff profiles also includes the non-academic experience which includes Business engagement and commercial backgrounds of our staff. The School also has a number of special appointments. Some of these staff will also support and contribute to MBA modules. See the full list of special appointments: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/pe...

4. The size of the last two years MBA student body (number of students on each course) 5. The number of different nationalities within the student body over the last two years.

- The Nottingham University Business School runs a full-time boutique MBA, which over the last 2 years has recruited in the low 20s each year, which was slightly higher for the two years previous to the last 2 years. The cohort has a good gender balance with students registering for the programme worldwide. The 2016/17 cohort and the 2017/18 cohort have seen 12-17 different nationalities, which have included students from India, China, Turkey, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Jamaica, America , Ghana, Taiwan and Zimbabwe.

- The Nottingham University Business School also offers a part-time Executive MBA and Part-time Executive MBA Healthcare programme which considers applicants and registers students on a rolling admissions basis. Over the last 5 years for each academic year the Business School has registered 20-25 students per year to these two part-time programmes collectively. The students recruited to this programme are mainly from the UK with some international students registering for the programme from India, Dubai and Greece.

6. The female to male ratio for students in the last two years.

For the full-time MBA programme for 2017/18 intake the ratio was 66% male to 34% female.
For the full-time MBA programme for 2016/17 intake the ratio was 64% male to 36% female.

For the EMBA programme this varies as we have a rolling admissions programme and students graduate twice a year. Currently we have the following proportion of male to female students registered on our EMBA and EMBA Healthcare programmes: 60% male to 40% female.

Note: The MBA programme provides a wide range of elective modules and therefore the gender balance will vary per student dependent on the modules that students choose.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled and wish to request a review of our response or to make a complaint, please see the attached information sheet and form.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

Information Compliance Officer - Freedom of Information Registrar's Department

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Dear University of Nottingham,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Nottingham's handling of my FOI request 'MBA Information'.

I do not believe that it will take the number of days quoted to get the information about the support staff, academic staff, and non-academic staff. I feel that these costs have been greatly inflated in order for the University to refuse to give me the information. Is the University saying that you do not have an MBA programme Administrator/Manager/Director, you do not know from job descriptions or does not have a staff structure chart of who does what and does not know who is on the teaching team for the MBA programme? This information should not take more than half a day for a component member of staff to gather the information if they have enough knowledge of your MBA programmes.

Being unable to provide this information does not give me confidence in how your University organises a post-experience programme to increase managers knowledge of the business world.

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

Yours faithfully,

Katie Kidd

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear Katie

Thank you for your email requesting a review of the response we sent to you.

We will respond to this as soon as we can.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

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Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

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Dear Ms Kidd,

I have reviewed the response you received in respect of your recent FOI
request concerning MBAs.

In respect of non-academic staff that support MBAs, there is no simple
answer to this question. The position of the School is that support staff
do not support MBAs (or any other business school course) exclusively, and
the contribution of staff from Student Services and other parts of the
University in supporting the MBA programme and other courses is considered
essential. There are at least 50 staff directly employed by the school,
and several hundred employed by Student Services. In respect of academic
staff that support MBAs, there are more than 150 in the business school.

To locate and extract the information requested would require a review of
manual and electronic records and has been estimated to take in excess of
the 18 hours of work to which a requester is entitled free of charge, even
without taking into account the time already taken to locate and extract
the information for which the University has already provided a response.
Even just to locate and extract the information for those directly
employed by the School would require the University to be able review a
combination of manual and electronic records in approximately five minutes
per staff member. I am satisfied that this is not achievable.

In addition to the existing cost-based exemption under S12, the University
also considers this information is partially exempt in respect of staff
directly employed within the school under S21: Information accessible via
other means because the information is available via
[1]https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/pe...

This allows for the identification of the numbers and job titles for
non-academic staff, and for academic staff the numbers, sex and job
titles.  It also provides in many cases whether the individual has a PhD.
The University does not record any information as ‘practical non-academic
experience in business’ in its records, however, biographical information
does often describe business experience.

 

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You should do this within two
months of receiving the University’s final response to your complaint. For
further advice on making a complaint to the ICO, please see their website
at www.ico.gov.uk

 

You can write to the ICO at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

WILMSLOW SK9 5AF

 

Email: [2][email address]

 

You can also call their helpline (Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00): 01625 545
745

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Fraser Marshall

 

Fraser Marshall

Governance & Quality Manager

 

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