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Dear St John's College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am writing to request information on the financial relationships the college holds with the alcohol industry and the support by the college for alcohol harm support services.
Please include the following information:

1. A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and alcohol sales organisations in which St John's College holds direct or indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held and their approximate value.

2. A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm support services in which St John's College holds direct or indirect investments, or to which St John's College has made donations within the last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate value.

3. A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm support services have been undertaken by St John's College within the last five years, if any.

Please provide an index of relating documents.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and against the release of the information.

If you are to invoke Section 12 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please provide details of how locating, retrieving and extracting this information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Please also be aware of your duty under section 16 (1) of the Act to advise and assist me in narrowing my request to bring it within the appropriate limit.

In its guidance the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that the requirement to respond ‘promptly’ and the requirement to respond no later than 20 working days were to be considered as separate obligations. Public bodies should be able to justify why it took them as long as 20 days to respond to requests in cases where they do not act more promptly than that ‘long stop’ deadline. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days. If you are unable to provide a response in the next 20 working days please provide an updates timeline by the deadline 17/08/2021.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Driver

Freedom of Information Officer, St John's College, Cambridge

Dear Megan Driver,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request concerning the financial
relationships St John's College holds with the alcohol industry and
support by the College for alcohol harm support services. 

 

In accordance with the UK's Freedom of Information Act 2000 you will
receive a response by no later than Monday 9th August.

Yours sincerely,

 

Communications Officer (Freedom of Information)

St John’s College

Cambridge

CB2 1TP

Registered Charity No. 1137428

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From: Megan Driver <[FOI #773263 email]>
Sent: 11 July 2021 10:09
To: Freedom of Information Officer <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Financial relationships the
college holds with the alcohol industry & support by the college for
alcohol harm support services.
 
Dear St John's College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am
writing to request information on the financial relationships the college
holds with the alcohol industry and the support by the college for alcohol
harm support services.

Please include the following information:

1. A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and
alcohol sales organisations in which St John's College holds direct or
indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are
held and their approximate value.

2. A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm
support services in which St John's College holds direct or indirect
investments, or to which St John's College has made donations within the
last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets
are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate
value.

3. A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm
support services have been undertaken by St John's College within the last
five years, if any.

Please provide an index of relating documents.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any
of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA
exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a
public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and
against the release of the information.

If you are to invoke Section 12 to withhold information in relation to any
of these questions please provide details of how locating, retrieving and
extracting this information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as
set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Please also be aware of your duty under
section 16 (1) of the Act to advise and assist me in narrowing my request
to bring it within the appropriate limit.

In its guidance the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that the
requirement to respond ‘promptly’ and the requirement to respond no later
than 20 working days were to be considered as separate obligations. Public
bodies should be able to justify why it took them as long as 20 days to
respond to requests in cases where they do not act more promptly than that
‘long stop’ deadline. I look forward to receiving your response in the
next 20 working days. If you are unable to provide a response in the next
20 working days please provide an updates timeline by the deadline
17/08/2021.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would
like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t
hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Driver

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Freedom of Information Officer, St John's College, Cambridge

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Dear Megan Driver,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request concerning the financial
relationships St John's College (the 'College') holds with the alcohol
industry and support by the College for alcohol harm support services. For
ease of reference, please find my answers below in blue.

 

1) A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and
alcohol sales organisations in which St John's College holds direct or
indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are
held and their approximate value.

 

We do not hold the exact information requested however I hope that the
following may be useful. You may already be aware of this but the
College’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 30
June 2020 (available [1]here) includes information on our investments. As
of 30 June 2020 (the date of the most recent audited financial statements)
the College had securities investments in the following asset classes:

 

£m
Public market equities 161
Private equity 47
Alternative credit 26
Total securities investments at 30 June 2020 234

 

Included in public market equities was c. £111m of investments in passive
(index tracker) funds, FTSE RAFI fund and World Index Equity fund, which
are managed by State Street Global Advisers (SSgA). Further information
about these funds is available from the SSgA website.

 

Our securities investments were in pooled vehicles. We do not hold
information of the underlying investments within the pooled vehicles.

 

We would ask you in the first instance to review the published
information; if there is something specific which you wish to understand
please contact Jane Ritchie, the College's Business Manager, at
[email address].
2) A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm
support services in which St John's College holds direct or indirect
investments, or to which St John's College has made donations within the
last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets
are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate
value.

We do not hold the investment information requested; all of our
investments are in pooled vehicles, we do not have information on the
underlying investments.

 

Within the last five financial years the College has not made any
donations relating to alcohol harm support services and no funds have been
raised for this purpose. For information, the College has not received any
donations from drinks companies.

3) A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm
support services which have been undertaken by St John's College within
the last five years, if any.

To answer this question, I am using the definition of 'charitable' to be
'giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they
are ill, poor or have no home' ([2]Cambridge English Dictionary).

The physical and mental health and wellbeing of our students is a priority
of the College. As such, in addition to the Tutors, the Chaplain and the
Dean of Chapel supporting students with their mental health, the College
has a Health & Wellbeing Centre dedicated to counselling and mental health
support. This service is free of charge. The Centre is comprised of a
College Nurse, a Health and Wellbeing Nurse, and a College Counsellor. In
addition, when necessary, the College pays third parties for clinical
psychology services, mental health assessment costs and counselling for
students.

The College holds an ‘alcohol and drug awareness session’ for
undergraduate freshers each year as part of the induction programme. It is
delivered by one or two of our medic Fellows. The College asks all new
starters about their use of alcohol via a Health Declaration Form; those
who declare misuse of alcohol and those who are observed to misuse alcohol
are provided with support by the Health & Wellbeing Centre. To protect
confidentiality the records of counselling services provided (and where
applicable, associated invoices from third parties) do not detail any
specifics in relation to alcohol or drug abuse.

The College's Health & Wellbeing Centre marks National Alcohol Awareness
Week, a week of awareness-raising and campaigning for change. Public
Health England (PHE) send out resources prior to the various campaigns and
the College may or may not opt to use these. In November 2020, a poster
was made for National Alcohol Awareness Week, this was placed on the
Health Notice Board in the Buttery. This year National Alcohol Awareness
Week is from 16 to 22 November. The Health and Wellbeing Nurse has advised
that information on the issue and resources available will be included in
the weekly College Bulletin email and on our webpages. No sponsorship is
received during National Health Awareness Week.

 

For reference, please find attached the Alcohol Awareness Week 2020
poster.

 

The College has an emergency fund called the Praeter Fund, which is
available to address different forms of unanticipated financial or other
hardship, including those caused by a decline in physical or mental health
([3]https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/tutors-praeter...). In many cases the
funding addresses multiple, connected and overlapping needs. Our records
do not consistently distinguish between or categorise these causes and
needs; I am therefore unable to confirm whether in the last 5 years
Praeter Funding has been issued to support a student suffering from
alcohol harm.

For clarity, the information provided for questions two and three is, as
requested, for the last 5 financial years; this covers the period from 1
July 2016 to 30 June 2021 inclusive.

For information, the University of Cambridge website has a section on
moderating your alcohol consumption, and a section on resources for
helping with alcohol, drugs and addiction
([4]https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.a...
and [5]https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/selfhe...).

 

Index of relating documents and links:

o [6]https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/document-libra...
the College’s Annual Reports and Financial Statements.
o [7]https://dictionary.cambridge.org/diction...
Cambridge English Dictionary definition of 'charitable'.
o Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 poster (attached).
o [8]https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/tutors-praeter... details of the
Tutors' Praeter Fund.
o [9]https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.a...
University's page on alcohol consumption and addiction.
o [10]https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/selfhe... University's
Counselling website.

If you are dissatisfied with my response you may seek an internal review
in writing setting out the grounds for review. It will be dealt with by a
College Officer. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome of the
review, you will have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner by
writing to him at Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Communications Officer (Freedom of Information)

St John’s College

Cambridge

CB2 1TP

Registered Charity No. 1137428

 

 

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From: Megan Driver <[FOI #773263 email]>
Sent: 11 July 2021 10:09
To: Freedom of Information Officer <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Financial relationships the
college holds with the alcohol industry & support by the college for
alcohol harm support services.

 

Dear St John's College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am
writing to request information on the financial relationships the college
holds with the alcohol industry and the support by the college for alcohol
harm support services.

Please include the following information:

1. A portfolio statement of the alcohol production, alcohol trade and
alcohol sales organisations in which St John's College holds direct or
indirect investments, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets are
held and their approximate value.

2. A statement of the organisations which provide or fund alcohol harm
support services in which St John's College holds direct or indirect
investments, or to which St John's College has made donations within the
last five financial years, if any, specifying how many shares/bonds/assets
are held, and/or how many donations have been made, and their approximate
value.

3. A statement of the charitable activities relating to alcohol harm
support services have been undertaken by St John's College within the last
five years, if any.

Please provide an index of relating documents.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any
of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA
exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a
public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and
against the release of the information.

If you are to invoke Section 12 to withhold information in relation to any
of these questions please provide details of how locating, retrieving and
extracting this information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as
set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Please also be aware of your duty under
section 16 (1) of the Act to advise and assist me in narrowing my request
to bring it within the appropriate limit.

In its guidance the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that the
requirement to respond ‘promptly’ and the requirement to respond no later
than 20 working days were to be considered as separate obligations. Public
bodies should be able to justify why it took them as long as 20 days to
respond to requests in cases where they do not act more promptly than that
‘long stop’ deadline. I look forward to receiving your response in the
next 20 working days. If you are unable to provide a response in the next
20 working days please provide an updates timeline by the deadline
17/08/2021.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would
like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t
hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Driver

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https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/document-libra...
2. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/diction...
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3. https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/tutors-praeter...
4. https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.a...
5. https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/selfhe...
6. https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/document-libra...
7. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/diction...
8. https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/tutors-praeter...
9. https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.a...
10. https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/selfhe...
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