Dear Keele University,

Could you provide a list of any external reports that would give detailed accounts of how the Economics department functioned between 1979 and 1985?

Could you provide a list of any responses to student complaints about the department between 1979 and 1985?

If quick and simple - for example a cut and paste - you might want to add the text of the report or suggestion of where I could find it, just to save future requests and replies.

I understand that that colleges with government sponsorship and the right to award degrees had some system of external inspection at the time, which was flexible, often organised by the colleges themselves, and called something like quinquennial reviews.

I pick the date 1979 because I understand that Keele University contracted a lot in the number of students it served some time between 1979 and 1982, so I imagine that reports were written.

I also pick the date 1979 because a new government came into power in 1979 with very different monetary policies that effected
- the exchange rate and so manufacturing in areas near Keele where there was a lot of manufacturing until that time, and where
- changes in manufacturing employment effected people of student age more than most.

I pick the date 1985 because a professor of economics who was boss of the department retired in that year.


John Robertson

Freedom of Information Request [Keele], Keele University

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Dear John


Thank you for your email of 17th October 2015 requesting information
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