Copies of periodic communications between the Vice-Chancellor and staff

James Murphy made this Freedom of Information request to Ulster University as part of a batch sent to 32 authorities

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The request was refused by Ulster University.

Dear Ulster University,

I am writing to request copies of periodic communications between the Vice-Chancellor of your institution and all staff working at the University. These circulars might be sent by email and/or placed on the university intranet and may be described as Vice Chancellor’s Updates or something similar. Could you please provide all such communications for the last 5 years or as long as you have recorded if this is shorter?

Best wishes,

James Murphy

foi, Ulster University

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foi, Ulster University

Dear Mr Murphy


We acknowledge receipt of your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request is receiving attention and we hope to have a response to you no later than 8 October 2019.

Yours sincerely

Elinor Byrden
Office of the University Secretary

Elinor Byrden
Policy Co-ordinator
Office of the University Secretary

Ulster University l Cromore Road l Coleraine l BT52 1SA
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3354
E: [email address]

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Byrden, Elinor, Ulster University

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Dear Mr Murphy


Further to your FOI request please be advised that copies of periodic
communications from the Vice-Chancellor are not recorded on centralised
systems.   In order to collate the information the University would have
to undertake a search of electronic and hard copy files.  All
correspondence would need to be scrutinised and redacted in order to
protect the identity of University employees.  This would be an enormous


The University considers that complying with your request would exceed the
cost limit of £450 calculated at 18 hours @ £25 per hour and is
withholding the information under Section 12 of the FOI Act.  If you wish
to refine your request please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss how
you may do so. 


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Yours sincerely


Elinor Byrden

Office of the University Secretary





Elinor Byrden

Policy Co-ordinator

Office of the University Secretary


Ulster University  l  Cromore Road  l  Coleraine  l  BT52  1SA

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3354 

E: [2][email address]






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