University of Derby - Disability DiscriminationDisability discriminationDisability discrimination

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan University of Derby.

Dear University of Derby

Please provide sight of:

1. statistical records for the percentage increases or decreases year on year of staff and student discrimination complaints made to the University of Derby from 2015-2020 inclusive, to include total percentages, and percentages by discrimination type (disability, race, sex, etc).

For the avoidance of doubt, I am asking for percentage differences not actual complaint numbers. If some or all of the information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to address this governance oversight.

2. a breakdown of costs of discrimination complaints by: date, complaint type (informal, formal, legal claim, etc), staff or student, type (disability, race, sex, etc), college or office, academic course, involvement of litigation insurers, and settlement amounts per year. If some or all of the information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to address this governance oversight.

3. either the Equalities Impact Assessments or the audit trails to demonstrate due regard to disabilities for the University of Derby's College of Law LLB undergraduate law course academic assessment methodologies from 2015 onwards, to include: anticipatory duty, reasonable adjustments, with particular attention to changes in assessment methodologies made from August 2017 onwards. If some or all of the information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to address this governance oversight.

4. records of the University of Derby's College of Law's discussions with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on the SRA's equalities policy for qualifying law degrees, to include contacts made by the SRA to the Law School between June and August 2017. If some or all of the information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to address this governance oversight.

I believe that much of the requested information is already held in conjunction with the University of Derby's executive management reporting requirements to external bodies. As a result, there should be minimal processing cost in meeting this request.

For transparency, parts of this request seek to confirm information already received from other sources.

Yours faithfully,

David Gale

UOD - FOI, University of Derby

Dear David,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 request FOI/2439

I acknowledge your request for information received on 7th April 2021                      

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me or alternatively email the Freedom of Information Team at [University of Derby request email].

Kind regards,

Laura Cummings

Information Governance Assistant
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services
01332 592151 Email the GDPR Team

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UOD - FOI, University of Derby

Dear David,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 request FOI/2439

I acknowledge your request for information received on 7th April 2021                      

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me or alternatively email the Freedom of Information Team at [University of Derby request email].

Kind regards,

Laura Cummings

Information Governance Assistant
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services
01332 592151 Email the GDPR Team

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UOD - FOI, University of Derby

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Dear David, 

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 request FOI/2439

 

To enable the University to continue processing your request, please can
you clarify the following queries: 

 

You asked us: 

 

3. either the Equalities Impact Assessments or the audit trails to
demonstrate due regard to disabilities for the University of Derby's
College of Law LLB undergraduate law course academic assessment
methodologies from 2015 onwards, to include: anticipatory duty, reasonable
adjustments, with particular attention to changes in assessment
methodologies made from August 2017 onwards. If some or all of the
information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to
address this governance  oversight.

 

 

Could you please clarify:  

 

To enable us to answer this FOI within the time frame, please could you
narrow down your request for question 3. The audit trail is
potentially too wide a search and therefore to prevent exceeding the
acceptable timescales associated with FOI the scope needs to be narrowed.
 

 

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me or
alternatively email the Freedom of Information Team
at [1][University of Derby request email]. 

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Laura Cummings
Information Governance Assistant
  [2][IMG]
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services

01332 592151 [3]Email the GDPR Team

 

 

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Dear UOD - FOI,

You have asked for a clarification on point 3.

Despite changes to regulatory requirements, some organisations have maintained Equalities Impact Assessments (EIA) as a standard methodology.

If this is the case, please provide sight of the EIAs.

If this is not the case for the UoD, please provide sight of the audit trail equivalent of EIAs. These should be readily available documents for reporting and governance purposes.

To assist the University, you may further limit the scope for this specific question to focus on dyslexia related disabilities if there are EIA's or equivalent specific to dyslexia.

Yours sincerely

David Gale

UOD - FOI, University of Derby

Dear David,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 request FOI/2439

I acknowledge receipt of the clarification I sought relating to the above FOI (received ).                            

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me or alternatively email the Freedom of Information Team at [University of Derby request email].

Kind Regards,

Laura Cummings

Information Governance Assistant
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services
01332 592151 Email the GDPR Team

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UOD - FOI, University of Derby

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Dear David, 
   
Freedom of Information Act 2000 request FOI/2439
 
Thank you for your recent request for information. 

 

Your request and our responses:  

 

 1. statistical records for the percentage increases or decreases year on
year of staff and student discrimination complaints made to the University
of Derby from 2015-2020 inclusive, to include total percentages, and
percentages by discrimination type (disability, race, sex, etc).

 

Information not held, we do not record percentage increases.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, I am asking for percentage differences not
actual complaint numbers. If some or all of the information is not held,
please state what steps have been taken to address this governance
oversight.

 

2. a breakdown of costs  of discrimination complaints by: date, complaint
type (informal, formal, legal claim, etc), staff or student, type
(disability, race, sex, etc), college or office, academic course,
involvement of litigation insurers, and settlement amounts per year. If
some or all of the information is not held, please state what steps have
been taken to address this governance  oversight.

  

N/A

 

3. either the Equalities Impact Assessments or the audit trails to
demonstrate due regard to disabilities for the University of Derby's
College of Law LLB undergraduate law course academic assessment
methodologies from 2015 onwards, to include: anticipatory duty, reasonable
adjustments, with particular attention to changes in assessment
methodologies made from August 2017 onwards. If some or all of the
information is not held, please state what steps have been taken to
address this governance  oversight.

 

The EIA’s do not specifically refer to dyslexia and therefore do not meet
your clarification. However, the following process is used by the
University to assist students and for adjustments to be made:

Organising their support

We provide a wide range of support for our students with a specific
learning difference; this will vary according to need. To enable us to put
support in place we need them to provide us with evidence of their SpLD.
This is usually in the form of a report from an Educational Psychologist’s
report or Specialist Teacher who has a Practicing Certificate.

They are advised to send us their evidence together with an [1]Evidence
Return Sheet.  If they would like advice about acceptable evidence they
are advised to contact us.

Once they have provided evidence, we can put a Support Plan in
place containing reasonable adjustments to the way they are taught or
assessed, these could include:

o Extra time to complete assignments
o Extra time in exams
o Extensions to library loans

 Disabled Students' Allowance

 

As well as reasonable adjustments students might also be eligible for
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). DSA is available from their funding
body and pays for the additional support that students need for
university. Our experience shows that students really benefit from the
support of DSA. For help with [2]applying for DSA, they can contact an
advisor at the university.  It can take up to three months to get their
DSA, so they should apply for it as soon as they have applied for a
course.

 

4. records of the University of Derby's College of Law's discussions with
the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on the SRA's equalities policy
for qualifying law degrees, to include contacts made by the SRA to the Law
School between June and August 2017. If some or all of the information is
not held, please state what steps have been taken to address this
governance  oversight.

 

Information not held

 

 

 

The information that we provide in response to the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests are subject to copyright protection. The
copyright is owned by either the University or a third party. Simply
because the information is available under the legislation does not mean
the University or the third party has waived its copyright. 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you should
write to: 

Mrs Helen Selby 

Legal, Governance and Assurance Services 
University of Derby 
Kedleston Road 
Derby 
DE22 1GB 

 

Please quote your FOI reference no. and ask that your request be
reviewed under the University’s internal appeals procedure. 

 

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to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's
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Telephone: 01625 545700 [3]www.informationcommissioner.org.uk 

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

Laura Cummings
Information Governance Assistant
  [4][IMG]
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services

01332 592151 [5]Email the GDPR Team

 

 

 

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Dear UOD - FOI,

Per the numbered points in the UoD response dated 14.06.21:

1. Thank you for confirming the UoD's failure to provide its executive management with reports that outline percentage increases of disability complaints. A third party's previous FOI request to the UoD evidences that the UoD holds data that allows percentage changes to be easily and quickly extrapolated. Please provide the percentage changes by return per my FOI request.

2. The response states "N/A". Please explain why the UoD believes that this request is 'not applicable'.

3. Thank you for confirming that EIAs are held. Please provide same by return per my FOI request.

4. Thank you for confirming that the UoD has no procedures in place to record communications already evidenced by SRA call records as having taken place in August 2017.

Yours sincerely,

David Gale

UOD - FOI, University of Derby

Dear David,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Internal Review request FOI/2439

I acknowledge your request for an internal review regarding the information you have received.

Your request is being considered and you will receive our response within 20 working days.

Please be aware that we are currently following the ICO's guidance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whilst we will endeavour to meet our statutory timescales, the ICO recognises that during the pandemic there may be understandable delays when making information rights requests. Please see the ICO guidance for more information.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me or alternatively email the Freedom of Information Team at [University of Derby request email].

Kind regards,

Laura Cummings

Information Governance Assistant
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services
01332 592151 Email the GDPR Team

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UOD - FOI, University of Derby

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Dear David,

Internal Review FOI 2439 Response

Please see attached the response to your internal review request.

Kind regards,

Laura Cummings

Information Governance Assistant
Legal, Governance & Assurance Services
01332 592151 Email the GDPR Team

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Dear UOD - FOI,

I am in response of the University's review response.

In respect of: "Question 1 – We do not record percentage increases of disability complaints, and Question 2 – Information not held in a readily accessible format" - the request for percentage changes provides the University with the means of providing access to important information without risk of identification of individual cases because of the relatively low number of actual cases.

As such, my request for sight of the records in the form of percentage changes is a very simple, quick, reasonable, and proportional request to achieve sight of meaningful data whilst preventing disclosure of potentially personal information.

Unless I receive a response within seven days, in line with my expectation indicated above, the matter will be escalated to the Information Commissioner's Office for formal resolution.

Yours sincerely

David Gale

UOD - FOI, University of Derby

1 Atodiad

Dear David 

 

Thank you for your email.

 

As per the legislation we have conducted an Internal Review within the
appropriate timescales. As such, if you are unhappy with the response,
please contact the Information Commissioner's Office to progress.

 

Kind Regards 

 

Helen Selby
DPO - Data Protection Officer &
Corporate Information Governance & Assurance Manager

[1]University of [2]Change Champion
Derby  
 

Legal, Governance & Assurance Services

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Sent: 06 August 2021 11:01
To: UOD - FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - University of
Derby - Disability DiscriminationDisability discriminationDisability
discrimination

 

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Dear UOD - FOI,

I am in response of the University's review response.

In respect of: "Question 1 – We do not record percentage increases of
disability complaints, and Question 2 – Information not held in a readily
accessible format" - the request for percentage changes provides the
University with the means of providing access to important information
without risk of identification of individual cases because of the
relatively low number of actual cases.

As such, my request for sight of the records in the form of percentage
changes is a very simple, quick, reasonable, and proportional request to
achieve sight of meaningful data whilst preventing disclosure of
potentially personal information.

Unless I receive a response within seven days, in line with my expectation
indicated above, the matter will be escalated to the Information
Commissioner's Office for formal resolution.

Yours sincerely

David Gale

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