YouTube broadcasts 4th Nov Vice Chancellor

Duncan Willows made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to St Mary's University, Twickenham

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Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan St Mary's University, Twickenham o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

On the 4th November, St Mary's University Vice Chancellor, Anthony McClaran said in a YouTube broadcast:

Shown here: https://youtu.be/yHYBsvrzgVc

" While I appreciate that most St Mary's students have adhered to the local restrictions and I thank you for your self-discipline and community spirit. I would like to remind all students as we head into this new period of national lock-down that you are expected to uphold the student charter that you signed at the start of term. In order to keep our community safe we all need to play our part in keeping to the student charter, behavior that goes against this and the Covid-19 legislation both on and off campus can't be accepted and we will investigate them and act through the university disciplinary procedures"

On the 24th March, St Mary's Vice Chairman, Dave Hartnett said in a YouTube broadcast:

"“For those students currently remaining in University accommodation, Public Health England have advised us that you should go home, if you can safely do so"

Given that St Mary's student charter policy states the following at section 3 of the Coronavirus supplement?

"As a student I will : Follow any direction received from University staff to help support me in adhering to the requirements".

https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/policies/stude...

Can you please answer 2 questions?

(a) Given that the Vice Chairman, Dave Hartnett told students to go home in his YouTube broadcast on the 24th March 2020; Can you please tell me how many students were investigated for not following the Vice Chairman's direction in compliance with St Mary's student charter and refused to go home?

(b) How many students were disciplined by St Mary's for not following the Vice Chairman's direction to go home in compliance with St Mary's student charter?

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'YouTube broadcasts 4th Nov Vice Chancellor'.

It is true isn't it; that the Universities Minister,Michelle Donelan told St Mary's University by letter;

https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...

'Students in residence halls in England'
"The majority of students in this country live away from home and while many students will
already have travelled home, I know those who have not are concerned about what they should do now.
The Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel".

And St Mary's University advised students they should go home wherever they can do so safely prior to the 23rd March coronavirus lockdown with the Interim Vice Chairman, Dave Hartnett in his YouTube broadcast on the 24th March (that St Mary's University has now made private for reasons only known to St Mary's University) reaffirmed.

Steven Carter has passed me a copy of that YouTube broadcast here:
https://youtu.be/ziNtu4WBT_s

It's also true to say that St Mary’s University knew that the Governments advice that the Office for Students (OfS) told St Mary's University (page 2) was:

https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...

"In the period before ‘lockdown’, which started on
23 March 2020, the government advised students
to return to their out-of-term homes if possible"

In summary, it's true to say that St Mary's University advised students to go home to their main residence prior to the 23rd March 2020 (Coronavirus lockdown 1).

It's also true to say that St Mary’s University knew that students who hadn't returned home prior to the 23rd March were advised by the Government:

"that students who hadn't left their University halls of residence by this date were to stay where they are and not attempt to travel?"

Upto 598 students who left their accomodation prior to the 23rd March were charged accommodation fees upto the 8th April 2020 - Can you please provide the legal justification for this?

It is known that you have legal advice on this, as I've messaged Steven Carter through the whatdotheyknow.com website and spoken with him.

Can you publish this legal advice/opinion stating why St Mary's University have a lawful right to charge students for accomodation fees upto the 8th April 2020 when both the government and St Mary’s University instructed students to go home prior to the 23rd March 2020 (lockdown 1)?

I am also aware from Steve Carter that the ICO have instructed you to answer his FOI requests and I claim that mine is also a matter of public interest and should be answered immediately.

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

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows

Gadawodd Duncan Willows anodiad ()

I have made a complaint to the ICO.

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'YouTube broadcasts 4th Nov Vice Chancellor'.

Please place this as an internal review.

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

Yours faithfully,

Duncan Willows