Student and staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning

Jen Persson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bath Spa University as part of a batch sent to 60 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Bath Spa University,

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please can you provide information pertaining to any data analytics software used by the university using personal data about your students and staff, since 2012.

1a). Whether you are using any data analytics software at all:
1b) if so, which ones?
1c) what date this data analytics processing began?
1d) indicate whether in the past and ended, or still in current use

2a). Any predictive analytics software such as used in but not only, Blackboard, Xray and JISC supported Civitas.
2b) if so, which ones?
2c) what date this analytics processing began for predictive purposes?

3. If the answer to Q1a or Q2a is yes, please provide a copy of any contract terms on using the data by the provider company including
a) the data items feedling analytics, any profiling, and/or used in prediction
b) what the prediction purposes / aims are
c) training the software (such as AI and machine learning) by the provider using the data provided via your organisation.

4. Whether the University is using its own student or staff population data for machine learning for purposes not included in 1-3 above? (ie but not only, within the university computing department for any project or with another third-party)

5. From which time periods were the student or staff data collected which are processed in any of the above (ie not only, retrospective student data from the last ten years / only current intake which began in autumn term 2018)?

6. How many people/user accounts have access to the whole population student data in any of the above in this calendar year?

Thank you for your consideration.

Jen Persson

Dear Bath Spa University,

By law this FOI request sent on November 28, 2018 should have been replied to by December 31, 2018.
Please can you let me know its status, and an expected reponse time?

Many thanks.

Jen Persson

FOI Officer, Bath Spa University

Dear Jen, 
 Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in response and find the
information you have requested,

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original email and should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer,
Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN or by email
to [1][Bath Spa University request email].

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