European Institute Doctoral (MPhil/PhD) Programme

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Dear London School of Economics,

Please provide the following information in relation to the European Institute doctoral (MPhil/PhD) programme:

1) Names of students that have started or completed a doctoral programme at the European Institute since 2014.

2) Names of the supervisors for all students listed in (1).

3) Names of external examiners and their affiliation. (which university or other institution are they affiliated with, if any)

4) Names of viva examiners.

5) The following in relation to the particular doctoral programme of each student: [1]

i) MPhil/PhD Title.
ii) date of commencement.
iii) date of viva examination(s). [2]
iv) date of MPhil/PhD thesis submission. [2]
v) date of award.
vi) date when the MPhil/PhD thesis became available online on the http://etheses.lse.ac.uk website. [3]

Yours faithfully,

Mr Navartne

[1] - dates need to to include DD/MM/YYYY, where available, otherwise MM/YYYY.

[2] - If the student has participated in more than one viva examination or submitted a thesis more than once due to re-examination, please provide all examination, re-examination and submission dates.

[3] - If a thesis has not been published on the etheses website. Please provide full details. e.g. Embargo for thesis (or embargo on abstract only) as approved by the Research Degree Subcommittee for 2 years, then provide the date of approval and expiry date.

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

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Dear Mr Navartne,

With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, please find below the School's response. Please note that we have used Section 40(2) for some of the personal information requested, but not all. This is because some has been or would have been in the public domain e.g. the names of the students and their supervisors, so Section 40 no longer applies. However, we have never released examiner names to anyone because the general double blind system used by the School means that neither examiners nor students are usually aware of who the other one is to keep bias out of the system. While Vivas are not double blind in this fashion, the School believes that Viva examiners are also unlikely to expect that their names would be released. It would also not be fair to students to release personal data that they would not expect to be in the public domain like their date of commencement, Viva examination and thesis submission.

1) Names of students that have started or completed a doctoral programme at the European Institute since 2014.
Attached.

2) Names of the supervisors for all students listed in (1).
Attached

3) Names of external examiners and their affiliation. (which university or other institution are they affiliated with, if any)
4) Names of viva examiners.
This is personal data and therefore exempt from release under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

5) The following in relation to the particular doctoral programme of each student: [1]

i) MPhil/PhD Title.
The titles in the Library are in the second attached spreadsheet.

ii) date of commencement.
iii) date of viva examination(s). [2]
iv) date of MPhil/PhD thesis submission. [2] This information is personal data and therefore exempt from release under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

v) date of award.
These are available i The LSE Digest, which is available in the Library and should be back on the School's website in April.

vi) date when the MPhil/PhD thesis became available online on the http://etheses.lse.ac.uk website. [3] In the second attached spreadsheet.

If you think that the information provided does not meet your request, contact me on 020 7849 4622or write to Kevin Haynes, Head of Legal Team, Governance, Legal and Policy Division, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly.

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Copying or reproducing such information in any way either in whole or in part without prior written consent may be an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right belonging to the LSE or a third party.

Yours sincerely,
Rachael Maguire
Records Manager
London School of Economics

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