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Dear University of Reading,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I would like to be provided with the following information:

(1) For the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 and information available for 2020/21, I would like to be provided with details on accepted donations (worth over £10,000), gifts (worth over £10,000), grants (worth over £10,000) and research funding (worth over £10,000) that have come from Chinese individuals, Chinese companies, Chinese charities, Chinese government departments/agencies, and other Chinese organisations.

For each donation, gift, grant and research funding, I would like the following information:
- Provide the name of the Chinese individual/company/charity/government department/agency/organisation that gave the donation/gift/grant/research funding
- The date the university accepted such donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The sum and description of the accepted donation, gift, grant and research funding
- A description of what the donation, gift, grant and research funding was used for

(2) Also, for the financial years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 and information available for 2020/21, I would like to be provided with details on donations (worth over £10,000), gifts (worth over £10,000), grants (worth over £10,000) and research funding (worth over £10,000) that have come from Chinese individuals, Chinese companies, Chinese charities, Chinese government departments/agencies, and other Chinese organisations which have been rejected by the university.

For each rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding, please provide the following information:
- Provide the name of the Chinese individual/company/charity/government department/agency/organisation that gave the donation/gift/grant/research funding
- The date the university rejected such donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The sum and description of the rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding
- The reasons why the donation, gift, grant and research funding was rejected

I would like to receive the information electronically. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad or too vague, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request. Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Corderoy,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

COVID19 – Notice of possible impact on requests for information

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Please be advised that many staff across the University are now working remotely. Staffing numbers and ease of access to some information may be affected during this time.

We will do all we can to respond to your request in 20 working days from receipt of your request, however delays in responding to your request may be unavoidable. We will notify you of any delay to your request if this is likely to exceed the 20 day timeframe.

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Your request has been assigned a reference number in the subject line; please quote this on future correspondence, thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Corderoy,
Further to my acknowledgment email of 6th August, I write to ask you for some clarification, please.
Please could you confirm whether you seek information related to new grants/funding won in those years (i.e. the total value pledged) or the total income received from grants/funding in those years (where the grants may have been won in previous years)?
Your request is on hold pending receipt of your clarification.
Kind regards,
Sinead

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Thank-you for your email.

"The total income received from grants/funding in those years (where the grants may have been won in previous years)" - yes please.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Corderoy,
Thank you for your clarification. Your request is now off hold and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Kind regards,
Sinead

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IMPS, University of Reading

 

Dear Ms Corderoy, 

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request. Our responses are given below each limb of your
request.

 

We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
[1]www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information-policy

 

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes: [2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ 

 

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH

[3][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   
[4]www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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