Agreements on the Confucius Institute

Waiting for an internal review by University of Southampton of their handling of this request.

Dear University of Southampton,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following:

- Agreements and supplementary agreements with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and the Xiamen University on the establishment / continuation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Southampton

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

Acknowledgement of request for information

Thank you for your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT,
a copy of which is appended hereto for your ease of reference.

The University will endeavour to respond as soon as practicable and in any
event by 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT. The reference for your request is
[2]RITM0260877: please quote this reference in any future correspondence
regarding this request.

Requested information:

Dear University of Southampton,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following:

- Agreements and supplementary agreements with the Office of Chinese
Language Council International (Hanban) and the Xiamen University on the
establishment / continuation of the Confucius Institute at the University
of Southampton

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 
Ref:MSG9514778

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Dear University of Southampton,

You did not respond to my FOI request "Agreements on the Confucius Institute" dated 29th January 2020 (Ref: RITM0260877) within 20 working days, as defined by law.

Please inform me immediately on the status of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

 

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for information: response

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

We refer to your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT.

Thank you for your email dated 27 February 2020.

Further to our email of 31 January 2020, unfortunately we have not been in
a position to provide you with a response by the deadline originally
stated. We anticipate that we will require a further 10 working days and
you can therefore expect to receive a response by 18 March 2020.

We apologise for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [2]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [3]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following address:
[4][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [5]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [6]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [7]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 
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5. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
6. http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns/
7. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

Dear University of Southampton,

Please inform me again on the status of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

 

​We refer to your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT.

Thank you for your email dated 27 March 2020.

Further to our email of 5 March 2020, unfortunately we have not been in a
position to provide you with a response by the deadline originally
stated. 

We apologise for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.

Please note the ICO guidance on FOI responses during the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic [2]here.

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [3]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [4]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following
address: [5][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [6]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [7]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [8]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 

 
Ref:MSG9967886

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Dear University of Southampton,

Please inform me again on the status of my FOI request "Agreements on the Confucius Institute" dated 29th January 2020 (Ref: RITM0260877). This is now 5 months ago.

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

 

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for information: response

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

We refer to your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT.

Thank you for your email dated 30 June 2020.

Further to our email of 2 April 2020, unfortunately we have not been in a
position to provide you with a response by the deadline originally
stated. 

 

In accordance with [2]Section 1(a) of the Act, we confirm that the
University holds the information of the description specified in your
request, however we need more time to consider your request.

 

Question:

Dear University of Southampton, Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
I request the following:

- Agreements and supplementary agreements with the Office of Chinese
Language Council International (Hanban) and the Xiamen University on the
establishment / continuation of the Confucius Institute at the University
of Southampton

 

Answer:

The University is considering applying exemption [3]Section 43(2) of the
Act to some of the information requested, subject to the Public Interest
Test under the Act.

In consideration of the Public Interest Test, the University must consider
whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the
public interest in communicating the information.

This email acts as notification that by virtue of [4]Section 10(3) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, where public authorities have to consider
the balance of the public interest in relation to a request, they do not
have to comply with the request until such time as is reasonable in the
circumstances.

Unfortunately we have not yet reached a decision on the balance of the
public interest raised in your request for information.

Due to the need to consider, in all the circumstances of the case, where
the balance of the public interest lies in relation to the information
that you have requested, we will not be able to respond to your request in
full at this time.

We hope to provide you with an outcome by 21 July 2020.

 

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [5]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [6]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following address:
[7][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [8]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [9]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [10]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 

 
Ref:MSG10464721

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5. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
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8. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
9. http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns/
10. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

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[1]University of Southampton

 

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for information: response

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

We refer to your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT.

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the “Act”), please accept our apologies for the delay in
responding to you.

Please find below your question, with the University’s corresponding
response.

In accordance with [2]section 1(a) of the Act, we confirm that the
University holds information of the description specified in your request.
The answers to your questions are as follows:

Question:

Dear University of Southampton, Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
I request the following:

Agreements and supplementary agreements with the Office of Chinese
Language Council International (Hanban) and the Xiamen University on the
establishment / continuation of the Confucius Institute at the University
of Southampton

 

Answer:

The answer to your request can be found [3]here

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [4]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [5]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following address:
[6][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [7]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [8]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [9]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 

 
Ref:MSG10592546

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4. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
5. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
6. mailto:[University of Southampton request email]?subject=Request%20for%20Review%20-%20Request%20For%20Information&body=RITM0125537%0A%0APlease%20specify%20in%20what%20respect%20you%20consider%20that%20the%20requirements%20of%20Part%201%20of%20the%20Freedom%20of%20Information%20Act%20have%20not%20been%20met%3A%0A%0A
7. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
8. http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns/
9. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

Dear University of Southampton,

Your link leads to an answer on another FOI request by someone else.

Please send me the right link to the answer on my request!

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

 

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for information: response

Date of request: 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Due date: 26-02-2020 14:21:24 GMT
Ref: RITM0260877

We refer to your request for information dated 29-01-2020 14:21:24 GMT.

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the “Act”), please accept our apologies for the previous link
sent to you in error.

 

The correct link can be found in the answer below. 

 

Please also find below your question, with the University’s corresponding
response.

In accordance with [2]section 1(a) of the Act, we confirm that the
University holds information of the description specified in your request.
The answers to your questions are as follows:

 

Question:

Dear University of Southampton, Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
I request the following:

Agreements and supplementary agreements with the Office of Chinese
Language Council International (Hanban) and the Xiamen University on the
establishment / continuation of the Confucius Institute at the University
of Southampton

 

Answer:

The answer to your request can be found [3]here

 

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [4]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [5]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following
address: [6][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [7]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [8]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [9]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 

 
 
Ref:MSG10624410

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4. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
5. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
6. mailto:[University of Southampton request email]?subject=Request%20for%20Review%20-%20Request%20For%20Information&body=RITM0125537Please%20specify%20in%20what%20respect%20you%20consider%20that%20the%20requirements%20of%20Part%201%20of%20the%20Freedom%20of%20Information%20Act%20have%20not%20been%20met%3A
7. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
8. http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns/
9. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

Dear University of Southampton,

Please pass this on to the Chief Operating Officer.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Southampton's handling of my FOI request 'Agreements on the Confucius Institute' (Ref. RITM0260877).

Especially from the point of view of current public concerns about funding from Chinese sources and whether this is influencing UK organisations, it is necessary to strive for maximum transparency and openness. Also, it's important that an organisation discloses how it receives and spends public money from China and the UK. Only then, the Institute operates transparently.

It is unacceptable that especially that part of the agreement has been blacked out.

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

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of request: 28-07-2020 17:12:29 BST
Due date: 25-08-2020 17:12:29 BST
Ref: RITM0306673

Acknowledgement of request for information

Thank you for your request for information dated 28-07-2020 17:12:29 BST,
a copy of which is appended hereto for your ease of reference.

The University will endeavour to respond as soon as practicable and in any
event by 25-08-2020 17:12:29 BST. The reference for your request is
[2]RITM0306673: please quote this reference in any future correspondence
regarding this request.

Requested information:

Dear University of Southampton,

Please pass this on to the Chief Operating Officer.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Southampton's
handling of my FOI request 'Agreements on the Confucius Institute' (Ref.
RITM0260877).

Especially from the point of view of current public concerns about funding
from Chinese sources and whether this is influencing UK organisations, it
is necessary to strive for maximum transparency and openness. Also, it's
important that an organisation discloses how it receives and spends public
money from China and the UK. Only then, the Institute operates
transparently.

It is unacceptable that especially that part of the agreement has been
blacked out.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 
Ref:MSG10642173

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Dear University of Southampton,

Please inform me on the status of the internal review of my FOI request "Agreements on the Confucius Institute" (Ref: RITM0306673). Due date was 25-08-2020 17:12:29 BST!

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

 

Dear Dirk Eisman,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for information: Internal Review

Date of request: 28-07-2020 17:12:29 BST
   
Ref: RITM0306673

We refer to your request for an internal review dated 28-07-2020 17:12:29
BST.

Thank you for your email dated 22-09-2020; we are processing
your request for an internal review and are
actively considering the application of the public interest test in our
original response.

We hope to provide you with a full outcome in due course.

Thank you for your patience.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 

If you do not feel that we have dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of [2]Part I of the Act, you may request a review. Your
request for a review should specify in what respect you consider that the
requirements of [3]Part I have not been met. Please address your request
to the Chief Operating Officer at the following address:
[4][University of Southampton request email].

In accordance with section 5.3 of the [5]Code of Practice, a request for a
review must sent within 40 working days of the date of this email. The
University is not obliged to accept any requests for a review beyond 40
working days.

We will endeavour to respond to your request for a review within 20
working days of receipt.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing rights of access
to information and the operation of the publication scheme. You may apply
to the Information Commissioner in writing (FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF) or [6]electronically for a decision whether, in any
specified respect, your request for information has been dealt with by the
University in accordance with the requirements of [7]Part I of the Act.
The Information Commissioner will not normally take action unless they are
satisfied that the University's review procedure has been exhausted.

 
Ref:MSG11120900

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3. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
4. mailto:[University of Southampton request email]?subject=Request%20for%20Review%20-%20Request%20For%20Information&body=RITM0125537%0A%0APlease%20specify%20in%20what%20respect%20you%20consider%20that%20the%20requirements%20of%20Part%201%20of%20the%20Freedom%20of%20Information%20Act%20have%20not%20been%20met%3A%0A%0A
5. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
6. http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns/
7. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

Dear University of Southampton,

Please inform me on the status of the internal review of my FOI request "Agreements on the Confucius Institute" (Ref: RITM0306673). Due date was 25-08-2020 17:12:29 BST.

Yours faithfully,

Dirk Eisman