Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

The request was refused by University of the Highlands and Islands.

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI – UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and the executive board for decision making purposes, and these figures should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees and in the decision to continue (or discontinue) courses.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

Christine Shaw, University of the Highlands and Islands

Dear Dr Partridge,

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information

Thank you for your enquiry, which has been logged and passed to the relevant department within the University for processing. Please quote reference number 009 should you need to contact the University regarding this request.

A response will be sent to you promptly and in any case not later than 20 working days after the date we received your email. The University will make every effort to provide you with the information requested; if any clarification is required, the University will contact you as soon as possible.

In some circumstances, it may not be possible to provide you with an answer to your enquiry. Where the University believes this is the case, you will be informed in writing, stating the reason(s).

If the information you are seeking is already published by the University, or is otherwise available to members of the public, you will be sent details outlining how to access the information.

You will be advised if it is necessary for the University to charge a fee to cover the costs of processing your request. Should this be the case, please note the information cannot be released until such payment is received.

If you have any questions regarding your request for information then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: 01847 889380
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From: Dr Jim Partridge
Sent: 01 February 2017 15:28:40 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI - UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and the executive board for decision making purposes, and these figures should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees and in the decision to continue (or discontinue) courses.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

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Dear Dr Partridge

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information - FOI 007

I refer to your request for information received on the 1st February 2017, regarding the Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Because of the unique set-up of the university, we are only able to provide you with student numbers by location and course information, please see attached Word document. As the academic partners are the ones who bear the costs, you will need to contact them directly for the financial information you have requested.

Please note that the University of the Highlands and Islands operates as a collegiate federal partnership comprising of thirteen independent further and higher education colleges, specialist colleges and research institutions. A list of contact details for our partner organisations is available at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/campuses and further information about the University is available online at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en

Copyright
Please note that copyright in the information you have been given belongs to the university. Copyright material must not be copied, distributed, modified, reproduced, transmitted, published (including published on the Internet or an intranet), or otherwise made available in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the copyright holder or as expressly permitted under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998. Should the university agree to give consent to the use of the information, then the university must be credited as having done so.

Your right to seek a review of our decision
If you are not satisfied with our response or our reasoning set-out above, you have forty working days in which to request a review of our decision. Any request should be put in writing and should be sent to me at the address detailed at the bottom of this email. Your request should:

(a) describe the nature of your original request; and
(b) explain the reasons why you are not satisfied with our response.

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request for information has been dealt with, you also have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether we have handled your request properly.

Information relating to your right to seek review is available from the Scottish Information Commissioner's web page at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/faqs.... or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the following address:

Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews,
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
E-mail: [email address]
Website: www.itspublicknowledge.info

Finally, should you wish to discuss the contents of this response then please do not hesitate to contact me via the FOI email.

Yours sincerely
Christine Shaw

Corporate Governance Officer
UHI Executive Office, 12b Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5SQ
01847 889380

________________________________________
From: Dr Jim Partridge
Sent: 01 February 2017 15:28:40 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI - UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and the executive board for decision making purposes, and these figures should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees and in the decision to continue (or discontinue) courses.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

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FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Dear Dr Partridge

Further to my previous email today, our response below relates to ref FOI 009, should you have any queries.

Kind regards
Christine Shaw

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Dear Dr Partridge

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information - FOI 009

I refer to your request for information received on the 1st February 2017, regarding the Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Because of the unique set-up of the university, we are only able to provide you with student numbers by location and course information, please see attached Word document. As the academic partners are the ones who bear the costs, you will need to contact them directly for the financial information you have requested.

Please note that the University of the Highlands and Islands operates as a collegiate federal partnership comprising of thirteen independent further and higher education colleges, specialist colleges and research institutions. A list of contact details for our partner organisations is available at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/campuses and further information about the University is available online at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en

Copyright
Please note that copyright in the information you have been given belongs to the university. Copyright material must not be copied, distributed, modified, reproduced, transmitted, published (including published on the Internet or an intranet), or otherwise made available in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the copyright holder or as expressly permitted under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998. Should the university agree to give consent to the use of the information, then the university must be credited as having done so.

Your right to seek a review of our decision If you are not satisfied with our response or our reasoning set-out above, you have forty working days in which to request a review of our decision. Any request should be put in writing and should be sent to me at the address detailed at the bottom of this email. Your request should:

(a) describe the nature of your original request; and
(b) explain the reasons why you are not satisfied with our response.

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request for information has been dealt with, you also have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether we have handled your request properly.

Information relating to your right to seek review is available from the Scottish Information Commissioner's web page at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/faqs.... or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the following address:

Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
E-mail: [email address]
Website: www.itspublicknowledge.info

Finally, should you wish to discuss the contents of this response then please do not hesitate to contact me via the FOI email.

Yours sincerely
Christine Shaw

Corporate Governance Officer
UHI Executive Office, 12b Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5SQ
01847 889380

________________________________________
From: Dr Jim Partridge
Sent: 01 February 2017 15:28:40 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI - UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and the executive board for decision making purposes, and these figures should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees and in the decision to continue (or discontinue) courses.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[FOI #386487 email]

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Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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