Dear University of Sunderland FOI Team,

Some time ago, I wrote to you about the difficulties of recruiting academic staff from the EU in the current political climate. I am concerned, but hopeful that Sunderland has been able to continue to recruit EU staff in significant numbers.

I was wondering if you would be able to tell me:

1) How many new EU academic staff the university has been able to recruit over the last year
2) How many EU academic staff have left the university over the same time period
3) The overall number of EU academic staff currently working at Sunderland (this one is less important)

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Matthew Taylor

Sunfoi sunfoi, University of Sunderland

Dear Matthew Taylor

Thank you for your request for information which was received at the University of Sunderland on 20th January 2020 and is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The University is currently researching your queries and will respond in due course.

Best wishes
Kate O'Neill

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Sunfoi sunfoi, University of Sunderland

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Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

Dear Matthew Taylor

Reference Number: FOI1920/01/14

I refer to your Freedom of Information request received on 20th January 2020.

Your request for information under the above legislation has now been considered. Please see response attached.

Please note that an anonymised copy of this response may be published in our Disclosure Log where appropriate

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Dear Kate,

Many thanks for your reply.

I wish you and the University of Sunderland all the best for the future.

Kind regards,