Council Tax Exemption Regulations

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Dear Kingston University,

The current regulations regarding student exemption from council tax state that in order to be classified as a full time student you must be;

"enrolled to attend a course of education lasting for at least one academic or calendar year - and which you are normally required to attend for at least 24 weeks out of the year and study for at least 21 hours per week during term time"

"Attendance" is defined as face to face contact teaching time with a lecturer/teacher, and does not include unsupervised individual or group study or examinations.

Could you please tell me,

1) How do you define a full time course?

2) How many full time (as defined by the university) courses do you teach each year?

3) How many full time students are enrolled at the University?

4) How many of the full time courses that you run would be classed as full time under the regulations above?

5) How many full time students are enrolled on the courses listed in question

Yours faithfully,

Kiara Vincent

Dear Kingston University,

Question 5 should read,

5) How many full time students are enrolled on the courses listed in question 4?

Yours faithfully,

Kiara Vincent

Matouskova, Marketa, Kingston University

Dear Kiara,

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston University. Your request was received on 09/04/2011 and is now being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to information being supplied. If a charge is applicable in this case I will contact you to request payment before proceeding further. Details of the University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of Information Policy, available at the link below:

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than 11/05/2011, this being twenty working days following receipt of your request. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Kind regards,

Marketa Matouskova
c/o FOI Notice board
Information Services

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Laughlan, Gail A, Kingston University

Dear Kiara,

Further to your recent request for information the University's response
follows.

1) How do you define a full time course?

Kingston University uses the Higher Education Funding Council for England
(HEFCE) definition to categorise students as full time or otherwise. Under
the HEFCE definition to be classed as full time, a student must:

· Attend the institution for at least 24 weeks per year

· Undertake periods of study, tuition, learning in the workplace
or sandwich placement work for an average of 21 hours per week

· Pay full time fees

    

2) How many full time (as defined by the university) courses do you

     teach each year?

For the 2010/11 academic year 957 programmes of study had full-time
students enrolled.

    

3) How many full time students are enrolled at the University?

For the 2010/11 academic year 19,975 full-time students were enrolled at
the University.

    

4) How many of the full time courses that you run would be classed

     as full time under the regulations above?

All would meet criteria for 24 weeks and 21 hours and most undergraduate
courses would meet the ‘attendance’ criteria. However, it is not
possible to provide an exact number.

    

5) How many full time students are enrolled on the courses listed

     in question 4?

It is not possible to provide a figure in response to this question.

This completes the University’s response to your information request. 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
please contact:

Head of Secretariat, Kingston University, River House, 53-57 High Street,
Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1LQ.

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your request you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you
have exhausted the internal complaints procedure provided by the
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind regards

Gail Laughlan

Copyright Officer, Information Services

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2090

Ext: 62090

Kingston University London

[1]http://www.kingston.ac.uk/

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