Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

Please give the name of the person or persons (if a committee decision) who authorised face-to-face teaching to be delivered on-campus and at the EICC during the current covid lockdown.

Yours faithfully,

HG Bell

Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

Not EICC as per previous template request which is in connection with only one university in the central belt. Regards

Yours faithfully,

HG Bell

Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

Personal name not required. Job title of people who make this decisions for your institution please.

Yours faithfully,

HG Bell

Freedom of Information Act, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Dear HG Bell,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - REF: FOI 20-180

I refer to your request for information which is being managed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“the FOISA”). Please find the University’s response below.

Request of 14 October 2020
Please give the name of the person or persons (if a committee decision) who authorised face-to-face teaching to be delivered on-campus and at the EICC during the current covid lockdown.

Subsequent Clarification of 14 October 2020
- Not EICC as per previous template request which is in connection with only one university in the central belt.
- Personal name not required. Job title of people who make this decisions for your institution please.

Response
The decision was taken by the University’s Senior Leadership Team (see list below) which had executive responsibility for the University’s business recovery in Session 2020-21. Plans for the return to campus in the new academic session were overseen by the Business Continuity Group (BCG), and developed by work-streams populated with academic, professional services and Student Union members, which reported into the Business Continuity Group. The BCG is populated by staff from across the University and the Students’ Union. Plans were discussed with the Court and the Senate in April and May 2020, and at extraordinary meetings of Court and Senate in September, such meetings called for such purpose. The approach set out in those plans, including the agreed delivery of blended learning, has been maintained through the current Level 3 arrangements, and is in accordance with Scottish Government guidance for higher education, further education and student accommodation providers, and informed by a comprehensive risk assessment exercise.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team include:
- Principal and Vice-Chancellor
- Deputy Principal
- Dean of School: Health Sciences
- Dean of School: Arts, Social Sciences and Management
- University Secretary
- Director of Operations and Finance
- Director of Campus and Commercial Services

Your right to seek a review of how your information request was managed

If you are not satisfied with the University’s response and/or our reasoning, you have the right to request a review of our decision. The time lines in which this right is available are set out in section 20(5)(a) and (b) FOISA. In broad terms the right to seek a review must be exercised within 40 working days of receiving this response.

Any request for review should be put in writing or some other permanent form and sent to the University, for example by email to [Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh request email].

A request for a Review should:

a) state your name and address;
b) describe the nature of your original request; and
c) explain the reasons why you are dissatisfied with our response.

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request for information has been dealt with following Review, you also have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) for a decision. In the event of an appeal to the SIC, the Commissioner will generally only be able to investigate the matters raised in the request for review. Details on how to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner is available on their website: www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

Best wishes,

Queen Margaret University FOI

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