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Dear Northumbria University,

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

Duncan James, Northumbria University

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Dear Ms Corderoy,

 

Please find attached acknowledgement of your request.

Regards  

Duncan James 

Duncan James | Data Protection Officer| Records and Information Manager
(Legal Services) 

 

T:  +44 (0)191 243 7357 

M: 07849 079 361 

E:   [1][email address

W: [2]www.northumbria.ac.uk/vc/leservteam   

 

Legal Services Team, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Ground Floor Pandon
Building, Camden Street, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2
1XE 

 

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Dear Ms Corderoy,
Please find attached the response to your request.
Regards
Duncan James
This message is intended solely for the addressee and may contain
confidential and/or legally privileged information. Any use, disclosure or
reproduction without the sender’s explicit consent is unauthorised and may
be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please notify
Northumbria University immediately and permanently delete it. Any views or
opinions expressed in this message are solely those of the author and do
not necessarily represent those of the University. Northumbria University
email is provided by Microsoft Office365 and is hosted within the EEA,
although some information may be replicated globally for backup purposes.
The University cannot guarantee that this message or any attachment is
virus free or has not been intercepted and/or amended.

Dear Northumbria University,

I would like to request an internal review.

The university has failed to recognise the public interest in the information that I have requested.

It is especially important for the public to scrutinise any funding that the university may have received from Chinese government departments and agencies - or individuals and companies linked to the Chinese government - considering the Chinese government’s atrocious record in regards to human rights. Please see Human Rights Watch’s report on the Chinese government: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/co....

Furthermore, the university has not delved into detail or demonstrated as to why this information sought - specifically about donations and funding from China - would have an impact on the commercial abilities of the university in terms of student recruitment, or cause a loss of competitive advantage, or provide an insight into confidential data to its competitors.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

US FOI, Northumbria University

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Dear Ms Corderoy,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review.

Regards
Duncan James
Duncan James | Data Protection Officer| Records and Information Manager (Legal Services)

T: +44 (0)191 243 7357
M: 07849 079 361
E: [email address]
W: www.northumbria.ac.uk/vc/leservteam

Legal Services Team, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Ground Floor Pandon Building, Camden Street, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1XE

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