Students with visual impairments

Beth made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Falmouth University

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Falmouth University,

Please could you provide the following information:
The number of registered students with a visual impairment
The number of students with visual impairments that are text to speech users
The number of students with visual impairments that are screen reader users
The total number of students

Yours faithfully,

Beth

Falmouth University

Dear Ms Beth,

FOI Reference: FOI00300

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000. Please accept this email as acknowledgement
of your request dated 06/07/2018. Your request is being dealt with under
the terms of the FOIA and will be answered within twenty working days.
That is we will respond to you by 02/08/2018.

Our response will be by email unless you specified a preferred format in
your request.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Officer

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH

[1]www.falmouth.ac.uk/information-records-management

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Information Office, Falmouth University

6 Atodiad

 

Dear Beth,

 

FOI Reference: FOI00300 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000 dated 06/07/2018.  

Clarification required  

We reasonably require further information in order to identify and locate
the specific information that you have asked for and to determine if it
can be retrieved within the appropriate cost limit.  We will not be able
to take this matter further without extra information from you.  

  

Please could you clarify what is meant by 'The total number of students'. 
We require more specific information in order to respond to this
particular question. For example do you mean “Total number of students
with visual impairment” or “Total number of students at the university”

  

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. 

  

Until we receive this clarification, we have suspended the new FOI request
FOI00300

  

Kind regards, 
Information Officer 

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH 

[1]www.falmouth.ac.uk/information-records-management 

 

 

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Dear Falmouth University,

My request asks for both
The total number of registered students with a visual impairment
The total number of registered students (whether part time, full time, post or under grad - all students who are registered and studying with you.)

Yours faithfully,

Beth

Information Office, Falmouth University

6 Atodiad

 

Dear Beth

 

Thank you for your email of today’s date clarifying the information
required under your Freedom of Information request which will now enable
us to process your kind enquiry.

Our response will be by email unless you specified a preferred format in 
your request.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to 
contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any 
future communications.

 

Kind regards,

Information Officer

 

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 
4RH

 

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Information Office, Falmouth University

6 Atodiad

 

Dear Beth,

FOI Reference: FOI00300

Thank you for your email dated 6^th  July  2018 requesting information
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. Please find below
details of your request and the response from Falmouth University (“we”
and “the University”). If you have any queries please do not hesitate to
contact me quoting the reference above.

 

Duty to Confirm or Deny

We do hold information relevant to your request. Please find below,
details of your request and our response.

Your Request

“Please could you provide the following information:

The number of registered students with a visual impairment.

The number of students with visual impairments that are text to speech
users.

The number of students with visual impairments that are screen reader
users

The total number of (registered) students (whether part time, full time,
post or under grad - all students who are registered and studying with
you.)”

Response

We have numbered your questions for ease of response.

““Please could you provide the following information:

 1. The number of registered students with a visual impairment.
 2. The number of students with visual impairments that are text to speech
users.
 3. The number of students with visual impairments that are screen reader
users.”.

 

Response to questions 1, 2, and 3.

 

Your requests under the above numbered paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 have been
handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

I can confirm that the University holds some but not all information that
you have asked for, but in this case we will not be providing it to you as
it is exempt from disclosure.

 

We are not obliged, under section 40(2) of the Act, to provide information
that is the personal information of another person if releasing would
contravene any of the provisions in the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). In
this instance we believe that the release of this information would
contravene the first data protection principle and therefore section 40
(2) is engaged.

 

The terms of this exemption in the Freedom of Information Act mean that we
do not have to consider whether or not it would be in the public interest
for you to have the information.

 

You can find out more about Section 40(2) by reading the extract from the
Act and some guidance points we consider when applying the exemption,
attached at the end of this email. You can also find more information by
reading the full text of the Act (available at
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000... ) The Data
Protection Act can be found at the following link:
 [2]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018... You have
the right to appeal our decision if you think it is incorrect. Details of
how you can do so are set out below.

 

Response to question 4

 

 4.  “The total number of (registered) students (whether part time, full
time, post or under grad - all students who are registered and
studying with you.)”

As at 1^st December 2017 we had 5315 registered students. 

 

I hope that this information is of assistance.

Appeal Process

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 emailed to: [3][email address] or sent in
writing to Peter Cox, Chief Operating Officer, Falmouth University, Penryn
Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, TR10 9FE.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

Kind regards,
Information Officer

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH

[4]www.falmouth.ac.uk/information-records-management

 

EXPLANATION OF FOIA - SECTION 40(2) – INFORMATION RELATING TO THIRD
PARTIES

 

We have provided below additional information about Section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act. We have included some extracts from the
legislation, as well as some of the guidance we use when applying it. We
hope you find this information useful.

 

The legislation

 

Section 1: Right of Access to information held by public authorities

 

(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled—

      (a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it
holds information of the description specified in the request, and

      (b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to
him.

 

Section 40: Personal Information.

 

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if—

     (a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection
(1), and  

     (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

 

(3) The first condition is—

     (a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs
(a) to (d) of the definition of “data” in section 1(1) of the Data
Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of
the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene—

          (i) any of the data protection principles, or  

          (ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely
to cause damage or distress), and

     (b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a
member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of
the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the
Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public
authorities) were disregarded.

 

Guidance

 

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act applies to:

· requests for the personal data of the applicant him or herself

· requests for the personal data of someone else (a third party)

 

Personal data of a third party: Personal data of a third party is exempt
under section 40(2) if its disclosure to a member of the public would
contravene one or more of the data protection principles and a request
must be refused.

 

The Data Protection Principles:

 

The data protection principles are a statutory code for the processing of
personal data. They are set out in Part I of Schedule 1 to the Data
Protection Act.

 

Three data protection principles require personal data to be:

· fairly and lawfully processed

· processed for specified and lawful purposes

· adequate, relevant and not excessive

· accurate, and kept up to date

· not kept longer than necessary

· processed in accordance with individuals' rights under the Data
Protection Act

· kept secure

· not transferred to non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries without
adequate protection

 

The principle most likely to be relevant to the disclosure of information
under the Freedom of Information Act is the first principle. This requires
personal information to be:

· processed ‘fairly’

· processed ‘lawfully’

· not processed at all unless one of the ‘conditions’ for fair processing
is met

 

Processing in this context includes disclosure.

 

In most cases, personal data will be exempt if disclosure would be
‘unfair’. Disclosure of personal data relating to a third party will often
breach the fair processing principle if there was a legitimate expectation
by a third party that this information would remain confidential.

 

 

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