Council Tax Exemption Regulations

Kiara Vincent made this Freedom of Information request to Southampton Solent University

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Dear Southampton Solent 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 Southampton Solent University,

Question 5 should read,

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

Yours faithfully,

Kiara Vincent

Freedom of Information, Southampton Solent University

Dear Kiara Vincent

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, received by Southampton Solent
University on 11 April 2011, requesting information on full-time courses
at the University.

Your request will be considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt.

The Act defines a number of exemptions that may prevent release of the
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Yours sincerely

Naomi Notman
Information Management & Compliance Officer

cc. Zita Eckett MBE
Head of Planning

Fax: 023 8023 3475
E-mail: [1][Southampton Solent University request email]

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Freedom of Information, Southampton Solent University

Dear Kiara Vincent

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, received by Southampton Solent
University on 11 April 2011, requesting information on full-time courses
at the University.

Please find the University's response below.

1) How do you define a full time course?
Southampton Solent University defines a full time course as offering study
of 120 Academic Credits per academic year.

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

The University has found the information you have requested exempt under
section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information accessible
to applicant by other means. This exemption has been applied as the
University lists all of its available full-time courses on its website at:
[1]http://www.solent.ac.uk/Homepage.aspx Full-time courses of study
offered by the University's Warsash Maritime Academy are also displayed
on-line at: [2]http://www.warsashacademy.co.uk/courses/...

3) How many full time students are enrolled at the University?
The number of full time Higher Education students recorded at the
University in 2009-10 was 10,620.

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

All courses described by Southampton Solent University as full time, would
be classified as full time under the conditions you have outlined in your
request.

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

Please see response to point 3 of your request.

If you are in any way dissatisfied with the handling of your request,
please contact in the first instance the University's Director of Finance
and Resources, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace,
Southampton SO14 0YN, e-mail: [3][email address] for an internal
review. Please note that this does not affect you right to appeal to the
Information Commissioner's Office ([4]www.ico.gov.uk) should you remain
dissatisfied with the University's response.

Yours sincerely

Naomi Notman
Information Management and Compliance Officer

cc. Zita Eckett MBE
Head of Planning

Fax: 023 8023 3475
E-mail: [5][Southampton Solent University request email]

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2. http://www.warsashacademy.co.uk/courses/...
3. mailto:[email address]
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5. mailto:[Southampton Solent University request email]