Donations from oil and gas companies

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Dear University of Aberdeen,

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, 2019/20, 2020/21 and any available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with details on accepted donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have come from oil and gas companies. For each, I would like the following information:

- The name of the oil/gas company that gave the donation
- 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, 2019/20, 2020/21 and any available data for 2021/2022, I would like to be provided with details on donations, gifts, grants and research funding that have come from oil and gas companies which have been rejected by the university.

For each rejected donation, gift, grant and research funding, please provide the following information:

- The name of the oil/gas company that tried to give the donation
- 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 - preferably in an Excel format. 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

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Jenna Corderoy,
I refer to your email of 28 June and, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you as soon as possible and within the statutory timescales.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Jenna Corderoy,

To allow us to respond to your request for information please can you clarify your request. We do not classify our donors or funders by sector/industry such as ‘oil and gas’ or ‘fossil fuel’ or ‘energy’. Additionally, The University of Aberdeen has significant relationships within the oil and gas industry in the North-East of Scotland, and deals with a large number of individual companies. Therefore, please can you let us know which specific companies you require information for to allow us to check our systems?

If you require any further information to allow you to clarify your request, or have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,
Mary

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Thank-you for your response. I'm happy to provide a list of companies:

- BP
- Shell
- Chevron
- TechnipFMC
- ConocoPhillips
- Schlumberger
- SSE
- Scottish Power
- Halliburton
- ExxonMobile
- Ineos
- Mercuria
- Siccar Point
- Blackstone
- Blue Water

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Ms Corderoy,

Thank you for the clarification. I will respond to your request within 20 working days.

Regards,

Jody McKenzie
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

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Dear Jenna Corderoy,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2021-190

I refer to your email of 19 July 2021 requesting information relating to donations from oil and gas companies.

Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.

Question 1:
Please find the information you requested in the attached spreadsheet.

Question 2:
We do not record rejected donations. Please accept this message as notice under section 17(1)(b) of the Act that the information you have requested is not held.

Should you be dissatisfied with this response, you have the right to request a review. A request for review must be made within 40 working days of the receipt of this reply. It must include your name and address for correspondence and specify the request for information and the grounds for dissatisfaction with the decision. Please send your request for review to [University of Aberdeen request email].

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the University’s internal review, you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner within six months of the receipt of the University’s review response. Details on how to make an appeal to the Commissioner are available at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal. Should you be dissatisfied with the Commissioner’s decision, you have a right of appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Many thanks for your response. It is much appreciated. I would like to make the same request, but for the companies Total, Equinor and Eni. Please confirm receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Jenna Corderoy
With regard to your new request below, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you as soon as possible and within the statutory timescales.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

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Dear Jenna Corderoy,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2021-268

 

I refer to your email of 27 September 2021 requesting information relating
to donations from oil and gas companies.

 

Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.

 

Question 1:

 

Please see the attached pdf document for the information you have
requested.

 

Question 2:

 

We do not record rejected donations. Please accept this message as notice
under section 17(1)(b) of the Act that the information you have requested
is not held.

 

Should you be dissatisfied with this response, you have the right to
request a review.  A request for review must be made within 40 working
days of the receipt of this reply. It must include your name and address
for correspondence and specify the request for information and the grounds
for dissatisfaction with the decision. Please send your request for review
to [1][University of Aberdeen request email].

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the University’s internal review,
you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner
within six months of the receipt of the University’s review response.
Details on how to make an appeal to the Commissioner are available
at [2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal. Should you be dissatisfied with
the Commissioner’s decision, you have a right of appeal to the Court of
Session on a point of law.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mary Sabiston

Information Compliance Officer

University of Aberdeen

 

 

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