Deloitte and the Research System Project

James MacPherson made this Freedom of Information request to University of Glasgow

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear University of Glasgow,

It is surprising that the University has chosen to involve Deloitte in the implementation of the Research System. After all, Deloitte as the University’s internal auditor must have an impartial, unbiased attitude and avoid any conflict of interest.

I therefore wish to know:
- What is Deloitte’s remit?
- What was the selection process for awarding the contract to Deloitte?
- What were the selection criteria?
- Who was involved in the above selection process?
- What is the estimated cost of the above contract?
- Has the Audit Committee been informed about the involvement of Deloitte in this project?

Please also send me:
- All papers submitted to the Project Board meeting of 12 October 2011.
- All papers submitted to the subsequent meetings of the Research System project board and the minutes of these meetings.

Yours faithfully,

James MacPherson

FOI Office, University of Glasgow

1 Attachment

Dear Mr MacPherson,

Further to your Freedom of Information request, dated 19 December 2011 timed 14:03 hours, please find letter of acknowledgement attached.

You will find that the University's acknowledgement of your information request is in PDF (Portable Document Format) file(s) attached to this email.

The PDF file format is used for electronic distribution because it preserves the look and feel of the original document complete with fonts, colours, images, and layout. To open a PDF file you can download a free program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer by clicking on to the following URL:

http://www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/...

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523
Fax: 0141 330 4920

Gilbert Scott Building
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

FOI Office, University of Glasgow

3 Attachments

Dear Mr MacPherson,

Please find attached the University's response to your Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 request dated 19 December 2011 timed 14:03 hours.

You will find that the University's response to your information request is in PDF (Portable Document Format) file(s) attached to this email.

The PDF file format is used for electronic distribution because it preserves the look and feel of the original document complete with fonts, colours, images, and layout. To open a PDF file you can download a free program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer by clicking on to the following URL:

http://www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/...

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523
Fax: 0141 330 4920

Gilbert Scott Building
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

Robert Clark left an annotation ()

This looks fishy!
A while ago the University’s Internal Auditors, Deloitte, reviewed the Research Management processes and made some recommendations. Internal auditors’ recommendations are usually implemented because these auditors are supposed to be impartial, unbiased, independent, and objective in performance of their duties. However, when the Internal Auditors, Deloitte, are paid £400K to implement their own recommendations, their impartiality becomes questionable.
Subsequent to the Auditors’ report, the University purchased a Research Management software from Agresso for £160K. According to the University’s own admission, no evaluation of the software took place to verify its suitability. The software was procured simply because the supplier claimed that it would address the needs of the University (see http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ne...). I just wonder what our “impartial” Internal Auditors would say about this procurement.

Did the University learn nothing from the SLP fiasco?