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Dear Durham University,

I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, (1) a copy of the University’s policy on the admittance of (private / resit) candidates who hold an offer to study at the University but will be unable to fulfill that offer due to their centre redacting their exam entry or who otherwise will be unable to provide a candidate with a grade.

(2) If no such policy exists, I wish to request any information on the matter of changes to the University’s normal admissions procedure - whether codified or not - following COVID-19.

(3) I also wish to request all internal communication between staff on the matter outlined above - including, but not limited to, emails, IM messages, texts, and phone records.
Yours faithfully,

J S Peston

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear JS Peston

Freedom of Information Request

I acknowledge receipt of your email below requesting information from Durham University.

Please be advised that the University will respond as soon as possible and in any event within 20 working days.

The University, like other organisations, is facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please be advised that there may be a delay in our full response to you; we will let you know if this will be the case.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Unit
Durham University

Information Governance Unit, University Secretary’s Office
t: +44 (0) 191 334 6103/46246  e: [Durham University request email]

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear J S Peston

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University. 
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 

I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act,

 

(1)   a copy of the University’s policy on the admittance of (private /
resit) candidates who hold an offer to study at the University but will be
unable to fulfil that offer due to their centre redacting their exam entry
or who otherwise will be unable to provide a candidate with a grade.

Information not held.

 

(2)   If no such policy exists, I wish to request any information on the
matter of changes to the University’s normal admissions procedure -
whether codified or not - following COVID-19.

Information not held.  Please check
[1]https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/faq/ap..., and in particular
[2]https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/faq/ap..., for
updated information.

 

(3)   I also wish to request all internal communication between staff on
the matter outlined above - including, but not limited to, emails, IM
messages, texts, and phone records.

The University confirms that it holds the information that you have
requested.  However, the University declines your request for release
under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). 
Section 43(2) of the FOIA exempts information from release where its
disclosure under the Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the
commercial interests of any person.  As section 43(2) is a qualified
exemption, the University has conducted a public interest test and has
concluded that release of this data would prejudice the University’s
commercial interests.

The University recognises that there can be a public interest in
understanding the decision making process for policies.  However, release
of the requested information could significantly weaken our current
position by allowing competitors to have a better understanding of our
strategies and adapt their own plans accordingly.  Consequently, the
University’s position in this specialist market would be undermined as
competitors would be able to tailor their own strategies to match or
exceed our own.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s response to your freedom of
information request, you can ask us to internally review our handling of
your request, including the application of any exemptions applied.  To do
this, please email [3][Durham University request email] or write to:

 

Information Governance Unit

The Palatine Centre

Stockton Road

Durham

DH1 3LE          

 

Please state the grounds on which you wish the decision to be reviewed and
enclose any other information that may be useful in considering the matter
further.  We aim to inform you of our decision within 20 working days from
the date your request for internal review is received.

 If you are not satisfied with the results of the internal review you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office for an independent review.

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane                                                  

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[4]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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Information Governance Unit, University Secretary’s Office

e: [5][Durham University request email]

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