This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Robert Fraser's Salary'.


 
David Black  
 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
5 April 2012 
Our Ref: FOI 2012/83 – F0202191 
 
 
Dear Mr Black, 
 
Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information 
 
Thank you for your email which was received by the University on 9 March 2012 timed 13:18 
hours, requesting the following information: 
 
 
“1. When was Robert Fraser (the Director of Finance) appointed to his current post? 
2. What was his initial salary? 
3. What is his current salary? 
4. For each annual pay raise or bonus that he has been awarded since his appointment 
I wish to know: 
     - When was the pay raise / bonus approved? 
     - Who approved the pay raise / bonus? 
     - What was the amount? 
     - Was the payment a pay raise or a bonus? 
     - What was the justification for the pay raise / bonus?” 
 
 
University’s Response 
 
When was Robert Fraser (the Director of Finance) appointed to his current post? 
 
1st September 2004 
 
What was his initial salary? 
 
£90,001 - £100,000 
 
What is his current salary? 
 
£140,001 – £150,000 
 
 
 
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For each annual pay raise or bonus that he has been awarded since his appointment I 
wish to know: 
     - When was the pay raise / bonus approved? 
     - Who approved the pay raise / bonus? 
     - What was the amount? 
     - Was the payment a pay raise or a bonus? 
     - What was the justification for the pay raise / bonus? 
 
Please see table below: 
 
Amount of payment 

Date 
Approved by 
Description of payment  Justification of 
 
Payment 
payment 
approved 
 

£100,001 – £110,000 
August 2005 
Remuneration  Increase to Annual 
Performance 
Committee 
Salary 
Related 
£110,001 – £120,000 
August 2006 
Remuneration  Increase to Annual 
Performance 
Committee 
Salary 
Related 
£120,001 – £130,000 
August 2007 
Remuneration  Increase to Annual 
Performance 
Committee 
Salary 
Related 
£130,001 – £140,000 
August 2008 
Remuneration  Increase to Annual 
Performance 
Committee 
Salary 
Related 
£140,001 – £150,000 
August 2009 
Remuneration  Increase to Annual 
Applied in 
Committee 
Salary 
accordance with 
RPI related 
increase of 5% 
for all staff 
£0 – £10,000 
October 2009  Remuneration  Performance Related 
Performance 
Committee 
Payment 
Related 
 
 
Please note salary details for Robert Fraser have been released £10,000 bandings as: (a) the 
individual salary information are considered as personal data as defined in the Data Protection 
Act 1998 (“DPA”); and (b) the release of such salary information would be in breach of the 
data protection principles as set-out in the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore the exemption 
from release of such information applies as specified under section 38(1)(b) and 38(2)(a)(i) of 
FOISA. The University takes the view that disclosure of such personal data would breach the 
following Data Protection Principles of the DPA: 
 
Data Protection Principle 1: 
Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully. 
The release of the salary information on an individual basis, will undermine the expectation of 
the individual that his/her personal data would not be released. In particular, the University 
notes the decision of the Information Commissioner in the decision relating to The University 
of Cambridge (30 July 2007), in which the Information Commissioner states that a key factor 
to consider is whether there would be an expectation of disclosure. 
 
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Data Protection Principle 6: 
Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects. 
The release of personal data would not be in accordance with that individual’s rights to 
privacy. If the data were disclosed, it would constitute processing for an unspecified purpose. 
 
Data Protection Principle 7: 
Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or 
unlawful processing of personal data. 
The release of personal data may breach the requirement to keep such personal data secure. 
 
Data Protection Principle 8: 
Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic 
Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and 
freedoms of data subjects. 
The release of personal data may result in a real risk of his/her personal data being displayed 
on the internet and thus viewable outside the EEA. 
 
Pursuant to Sections 38(1)(b) and 38(2)(a)(i) of FOISA there is an absolute exemption if the 
disclosure would breach any of the Data Protection Principles of the DPA. For the purpose of 
this exemption alone, the University is not obliged to consider the public interest. 
 
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public). The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Modifications) Order 
2004 ensured that Section 50 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”) 
applies to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”).   
 
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