Work experience placements only for children of tenured staff at the UoD?

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S. Grove (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear University of Dundee,

It is gratifying to read on social media that the University of Dundee (UoD) School of Life Sciences Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) is offering work experience placements to students from local schools indicating that access to such work experience placements, in 2018, is not based on a process of "kin selection"/nepotism.

I would like a breakdown in numbers of written risk assesments (in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999) recorded for 'children' (as defined by the person having not reached the official minimum school leaving age (MSLA)) and 'young persons' (as defined by being under 18 years of age but not a 'child') on work experience placements at the University of Dundee in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the number for each year broken down into the number of 'children' and the number of 'young persons' risk assessed within each college/school/division/unit of the university.

Yours faithfully,
S. Grove

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Dear S. Grove,

 

Thank you for your request for information from the University of Dundee.
Colleagues provide information to your questions below. 

 

I would like a breakdown in numbers of written risk assessments (in
accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999) recorded for 'children' (as defined by the person having not reached
the official minimum school leaving age (MSLA)) and 'young persons' (as
defined by being under 18 years of age but not a 'child') on work
experience placements at the University of Dundee in the years 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the number for each year broken
down into the number of 'children' and the number of 'young persons' risk
assessed within each college/school/division/unit of the university.

 

 

NA - Information is not available.

 

 *As per University of Dundee Policy "Children Visiting University
Premises", all persons aged less than 18 years are classed as "children".
There is therefore no separation of persons who have not reached MSLA and
those between MSLA and 18 years

 

You will see that we have had to replace small numbers with ‘less than
five’. This is our normal practice when releasing data to reduce the risk
of the inadvertent identification of individuals and the inappropriate
release of personal data. As I am sure you will appreciate this issue, I
have omitted a full explanation per S.16 and S.38 of FoI(S)A from this
email for brevity. However, please let me know if you require that for
your records.

 

I trust that this is the information you require. Please feel free to
contact me if I can be of further assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance

 

 

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S. Grove (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear University of Dundee,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Dundee's handling of my FOI request 'Work experience placements only for children of tenured staff at the UoD?'.

It is in the public interest to know:

Whether work experience placements at the University of Dundee are just for the children of tenured academics and therefore whether Pareto distributions in society are funded through the public sector.

Whether the University actually fulfils it's legal responsibilities under Health and Safety Law to young persons.

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

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Thank you for your email.  If your message contains a request for
information the University will respond no later than 20 working days from
its receipt (or one month from receipt in the case of requests for your
own personal information).

If you have any questions about how your request will be managed, please
let me know.

Kind regards,

Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance

University of Dundee

Dundee DD1 4HN

The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish Charity, No: SC015096

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear S Grove,

Thank you for your message. I note that your email contains questions that were not present in your message of 3 August. As such, I have considered your message of 3 September as a new request, rather than a review of the University’s original response.

You ask:
1. Whether work experience placements at the University of Dundee are just for the children of tenured academics and therefore whether Pareto distributions in society are funded through the public sector?
2. Whether the University actually fulfils its legal responsibilities under Health and Safety Law to young persons?

I have discussed your questions with colleagues who note that requests for work experience may be considered by Academic Schools and Professional Services on a case by case basis and are not restricted to the children of University staff. Concerning Health and Safety at the University, please see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/safety/.

I trust that this is helpful.

Kind regards,

Alan

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University of Dundee
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considered in that way.

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the release of information by the University please
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If you are unhappy with the outcome of that review please forward your appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Rd, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS (www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal).

If you remain dissatisfied following an appeal to the Commissioner your recourse is to the Court of Session on a point of law.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear University of Dundee,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Dundee's handling of my FOI request 'Work experience placements only for children of tenured staff at the UoD?'.

It is in the public interest to know:

Whether work experience placements at the University of Dundee are just for the children of tenured academics and therefore whether Pareto distributions in society are funded through the public sector.

Whether the University actually fulfils it's legal responsibilities under Health and Safety Law to young persons.

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

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

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S. Grove (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear University of Dundee,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Dundee's handling of my FOI request 'Work experience placements only for children of tenured staff at the UoD?'.

I wish the University of Dundee to conduct a second internal review of this FOI request. I believe that the refusal of the University of Dundee to give the specific number of written risk assessments could be a deliberate and vexatious attempt to hide the fact that they are using SULSA funds for the placements of tenured university staff. The University of Dundee could also be covering up that they are publishing research results and not giving accurate information on the contributors of the research (i.e. children of staff and not undergraduates of the university). The University of Dundee could also be covering up that persons under the age of 18 are using dangerous chemicals (e.g. hydrazine) in an environment that already has compromised Health and Safety procedures in place (as evidenced by submissions to the HSE under RIDDOR regulations). Please provide the exact number of written risk assessments and not "<5". Contact with the Scottish Information Commissioner will be the inevitable consequence of a failure to do so.

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

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Thank you for your email.  If your message contains a request for
information the University will respond no later than 20 working days from
its receipt (or one month from receipt in the case of requests for your
own personal information).

If you have any questions about how your request will be managed, please
let me know.

Kind regards,

Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance

University of Dundee

Dundee DD1 4HN

The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish Charity, No: SC015096

S. Grove (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear University of Dundee,

The public may interpret the absence of exact numbers being provided by the University of Dundee as an effort to cover up the release of information that would make some tenured staff uncomfortable about a judgement being made on their professional conduct.

Please respond by informing me whether the University of Dundee categorically refuse to answer this FOI request with exact numbers.

As you regarded one of my internal review requests as a new request this message therefore constitutes a second internal review request.

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Thank you for your email.  If your message contains a request for
information the University will respond no later than 20 working days from
its receipt (or one month from receipt in the case of requests for your
own personal information).

If you have any questions about how your request will be managed, please
let me know.

Kind regards,

Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance

University of Dundee

Dundee DD1 4HN

The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish Charity, No: SC015096

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear S Grove,

Thank you for your message. The University has your review request of 1 October which is being actioned. The University will provide its response in no more than 20 working days per the requirements of FoI(S)A.

Kind regards,

Alan

Alan Bell
Head of Information Governance
University of Dundee

This email is not legal advice and should not be considered in that way.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear University of Dundee,

The public may interpret the absence of exact numbers being provided by the University of Dundee as an effort to cover up the release of information that would make some tenured staff uncomfortable about a judgement being made on their professional conduct.

Please respond by informing me whether the University of Dundee categorically refuse to answer this FOI request with exact numbers.

As you regarded one of my internal review requests as a new request this message therefore constitutes a second internal review request.

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

1 Atodiad

Dear S Grove,

 

Thank you for your message. We understand your request to be that the
University review its use of ‘less than five’ in the data provided to you
on 3 September in response to your request of 3 August.

 

Our normal practice is to use ‘less than five’ when releasing data to
reduce the risk of the inadvertent identification of individuals and the
inappropriate release of personal data. However, having reviewed the data
the University is satisfied that the risk of identification is low on this
occasion.

 

Please therefore find a table below containing the data gathered by the
Head of Health and Safety from colleagues in Schools and Professional
Services.

 

 

NA - Information is not available.

 

 *As per University of Dundee Policy ‘Children Visiting University
Premises’, all persons aged less than 18 years are classed as ‘children’.
There is therefore no separation of persons who have not reached MSLA and
those between MSLA and 18 years

 

I trust that this is helpful.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alan

 

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Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance

Culture & Information

University of Dundee

Dundee DD1 4HN

 

t: 01382 384441

[1]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cultureandinform...

 

This email is not legal advice and should not be

considered in that way.

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your review please forward your
appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Rd, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.
(www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal).

 

If you remain dissatisfied following an appeal to the Commissioner your
recourse is to the Court of Session on a point of law.

The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish Charity, No: SC015096

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