Access to Learning Fund statistics

L Burde made this Freedom of Information request to University of Leeds

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Dear University of Leeds,

Would you please publish the following information:

1.
A. What percentage of White/British persons making applications for the Access to Learning Fund were granted it?

B. What percentage of Black/Ethnic persons making applications for ALF were granted it?

2.
A. What percentage of White/British persons making applications for the Access to Learning Fund were refused it?

B. What percentage of Black/Ethnic persons making applications for ALF were refused it?

3.
A. What percentage of White/British persons making applications for the Access to Learning Fund from a low income family were refused it?

B. What percentage of Black/Ethnic persons making applications for ALF from a low income family were refused it?

Yours faithfully,
L Burde

L Burde left an annotation ()

I require the total statistics on each request from when ALF was introduced (please notify me of the start date), up to 2013.
I also require the total statistics on each request for the sole year 2012-2013 (to date)

Dear University of Leeds,

I am researching discretionary learner funds (ALF) provided by
the University. I am wishing to find out the following
information:

- Details of your discretionary learner fund, including how you
decide who to award funding to. I would like you to disclose all
internal guidance, desk note/instructions over how you award this
funding.
- Minutes of any meeting that the University held regarding their
learner support fund (please consider redaction if this contains
personal or exempt information) . I am mainly interested in policy
and implementation of this policy.
- Details of any equality impact assessments you carried on your
discretionary learner fund.
- How much money did you pay out in the last academic year.
- Statistical information over how this money was distributed by
ethnic background and sex.
- How many application were made, approved and rejected. If you
keep information regarding reasons for rejection (in broad
categories. To clarify I am not asking for individual details)
please can you supply this too.

Yours faithfully,

L Burde

Jenny Foggin,

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Dear L Burde,

 

I have aggregated the two requests that you made to the University on 27
January and 28 January, and have set out information in response below,
and in the attachments. Where information is not held, I have indicated
this. You will see that some data have been redacted from the attached ALF
assessors guide; this is to protect third party personal data as the
redacted data include identifying details of individual cases.

 

All statistics are based on 2011/12 Access to Learning Fund data:

 

- details of  your discretionary learner fund, including how you decide
who to award funding to. I would like you to disclose all internal
guidance, desk note/instructions over how  you award this funding.

 

Please see web information at
[1]http://www.leeds.ac.uk/studentservicesce...
and find internal process guides attached.

 

- minutes of any meeting that the University held regarding their learner
support fund (please consider redaction if this contains personal or
exempt information). I am mainly interested in policy and implementation
of this policy.

 

We do not hold any relevant data.

 

- details of any equality impact assessments you carried out on your
discretionary learner fund.

 

None undertaken.

 

- how much money did you pay out in the last academic year.

 

£430,107.50

 

- statistical information over how this money was distributed by ethnic
background and sex.

 

These are detailed below.

 

NB: Because I was unsure of how to apply the ‘white/british’ and
‘black/ethnic’ categories in the request, as there are also, of course,
black british candidates, for example,  I have included both the ‘Declared
ethnicity’ and  an ‘Ethnicity ‘type’’ column below to show how I have
attributed these.

 

Declared ethnicity Ethnicity 'type' £ awarded % of total funds
White White/British 268,689.25 62
OBS White - British White/British 11,497.00 3
OBS White - Scottish White/British 2,610.00 1
Asian - Other Black/Ethnic 16,432.00 4
Asian/Asian British - Indian Black/Ethnic 9,850.00 2
Asian/Asian British-
Pakistani Black/Ethnic 11,198.00 3
Asian/Asian
Britsh-Bangladeshi Black/Ethnic 1,935.00 0
Black - Other Black/Ethnic 1,350.00 0
Black/Black British- African Black/Ethnic 53,257.25 12
Black/Black British-
Caribbean Black/Ethnic 3,154.00 1
Chinese Black/Ethnic 50.00 0
Gypsy or Traveller Black/Ethnic 260.00 0
Mixed - White & Asian Black/Ethnic 6,536.00 2
Mixed-White & Black African Black/Ethnic 4,610.00 1
Mixed-White & Black Caribbean Black/Ethnic 7,742.00 2
OBS Other White background Black/Ethnic 0.00 0
OBS White - Irish Black/Ethnic 2,031.00 0
Other Ethnic background Black/Ethnic 5,874.00 1
Other Mixed background Black/Ethnic 6,270.00 1
  Not known 9,174.00 2
Information Refused Not known 7,588.00 2
Total   430,107.50 100

 

 

Sex £ awarded % of total funds
F 299,286.05 70
M 130,821.45 30
Total 430,107.50 100

 

 

 

- how many applications were made, approved and rejected. If you keep
information regarding reasons for rejection (in broad categories, to
clarify I am not asking for individual details) please can you supply this
too.

 

Total Applications: 752

Applications Approved: 582

Applications rejected: 170

 

We do not record the reject reason

 

Also...

 

1a) what percentage of white/British persons making applications for the
Access to Learning fund were granted it? 70%

 

1b) what percentage of black/ethnic persons making applications for ALF
were granted it? 26% (4% unknown ethnicity)

 

2a) what percentage of white/British persons making applications for the
access to learning fund were refused it? 70%

 

2b) what percentage of black/ethnic persons making applications for the
access to learning fund were refused it? 29% (1% unknown ethnicity)

 

3a)what percentage of white/British persons from a low income family
making applications for the Access to Learning fund were refused it?

 

This data is not held.

 

3b) what percentage of black/ethnic persons from a low income family
making applications for the Access to Learning fund were refused it?

 

This data is not held.

 

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions
about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to or email directly Mr D Wardle, The University
Complaints Officer, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
([email address]). Further information about how the University
manages Freedom of Information requests and about our complaints procedure
is also available on our website (www.leeds.ac.uk).

 

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.  Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the review/complaints procedure provided by the University.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jenny Foggin

 

 

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Jenny Foggin

 

Senior Governance and Corporate Affairs Officer

University of Leeds

Secretariat

(0113) 343 1155

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