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Dear Aston University,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request information regarding the University's use of PR firms.

To be clear this request is seeking to understand how much is being spent on Public Relation companies and in what circumstances. We do not want marketing or communication budgets to be included. Any questions please get back to me prior to the 20 day time limit.

Can you please answer the following:
A) How much was spent per month 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 on PR firms?
B) What firms did you employ in this period and what were the terms of service? Please include any special projects or issues they worked on.
C) Between 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 did you ever employ a PR firm specifically for 'crisis management'. If so who did you employ, how much were they paid and what issue were they addressing?

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon
[Number Removed]

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Ms Damon

Our ref: FOI/1920/022

Thank you for your email of 22 August 2019. Your request will be dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be
answered within twenty working days of receipt. We will endeavour to
provide the information as early as possible.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko

Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

 

[1]cid:image001.png@01D4BA19.E69D8A60

 

Aston Triangle

Birmingham B4 7ET

 

T:  0121 204 4055

E:  [2][email address]

 

[3]www.aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Poppy Damon [mailto:[FOI #598938 email]]
Sent: 22 August 2019 13:15
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - BBC - FOI request

 

Dear Aston University,

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request
information regarding the University's use of PR firms.

 

To be clear this request is seeking to understand how much is being spent
on Public Relation companies and in what circumstances. We do not want
marketing or communication budgets to be included.  Any questions please
get back to me prior to the 20 day time limit.

 

Can you please answer the following:

A)  How much was spent per month 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 on PR
firms?

B) What firms did you employ in this period and what were the terms of
service? Please include any special projects or issues they worked on.

C) Between 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 did you ever employ a PR firm
specifically for 'crisis management'. If so who did you employ, how much
were they paid and what issue were they addressing?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Poppy Damon

[Number Removed]

 

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Dear Ms Damon

 

Please find attached our response to your request.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko

Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

 

[1]cid:image001.png@01D4BA19.E69D8A60

 

Aston Triangle

Birmingham B4 7ET

 

T:  0121 204 4055

E:  [2][email address]

 

[3]www.aston.ac.uk

 

The contents of this email and any attachments may be privileged and are
confidential.  It may not be disclosed to or used by anyone other than the
addressee, nor copied in any way.  If received in error, please notify the
sender and then delete it from your system.  Aston University does not
accept service by email.

 

From: Poppy Damon [mailto:[FOI #598938 email]]
Sent: 22 August 2019 13:15
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - BBC - FOI request

 

Dear Aston University,

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request
information regarding the University's use of PR firms.

 

To be clear this request is seeking to understand how much is being spent
on Public Relation companies and in what circumstances. We do not want
marketing or communication budgets to be included.  Any questions please
get back to me prior to the 20 day time limit.

 

Can you please answer the following:

A)  How much was spent per month 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 on PR
firms?

B) What firms did you employ in this period and what were the terms of
service? Please include any special projects or issues they worked on.

C) Between 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2019 did you ever employ a PR firm
specifically for 'crisis management'. If so who did you employ, how much
were they paid and what issue were they addressing?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Poppy Damon

[Number Removed]

 

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[4][FOI #598938 email]

 

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Information requests to Aston University? If so, please contact us using
this form:

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:

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latest advice from the ICO:

[8]https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

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be delayed.

 

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

 

 

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