From which government, NGO or Private companies do universities receive funding’ for research?

The request was refused by Edge Hill University.

Dear Edge Hill University,

I am writing you for a Request of information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on the following topics: “From which government authorities, NGO or Private companies do universities receive funding’ for research?”, a research based on information of public interest, for journalism purposes.

Can you provide information to the following questions?
1) What is the total amount that the university received in funds for research, industrial consultancy fees and/or funded researches from government, NGO or private companies in the last five financial years (from 2013 till 2017)? The information should be broken down by organization or company name, year per year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), in a CSV format, if possible.
2) A portfolio statement for the funds the university has investments in. If you do not have a copy of it, can you provide a list of funds and corresponding management companies? Details should be broken down year by year, for the last financial years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), provided in a CSV format, if possible.
3) Can you provide details of research projects (such as executive summary and details of reports’ publication, university department and researchers’ names) of projects whose funds exceed £50,000, in the same period of time (2013-2017)?

Yours faithfully,

Santino Pani

foi, Edge Hill University

Dear Santino Pani

Our Reference: FOI171814392

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. Your request was received in our offices 3rd February, 2018 and is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Act, the University is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information no later than 2nd March, 2018.

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information. Some of these are qualified exemptions which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information. In these circumstances we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind Regards
Nicole Hughes
Assistant Planning Officer

Freedom of Information Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire
L39 4QP

[Edge Hill University request email]

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Reference: FOI171814392
Dear FOI Reviewer, Edge Hill University,

My name is Santino Pani. I am a journalist, and I am conducting a research about funds that universities receive from GOV, NGO, and/or private companies. This research is going to be published in a few months in a newspaper, therefore it is of public interest.
I made a request for information, under the FOIA 2000, to your university on the 5th of February, and your university had to respond within 20 working days, and not later than the 2nd of March.
Till today I didn’t receive any information from you, and now you are almost one month overdue in responding it, and you are not complying with the law obligations.
I am asking therefore to process it through your internal reviewer, before I take a further step asking the Information Commissioner to start an investigation on your university.
I resume the questions I asked you, and at this stage I don’t accept any excuse or refusal, as your complete silence shows a complete negligence and lack of transparency, and your action (or to better say, un-action) is unacceptable.
Please answer to the following questions:
1) What is the total amount that the university received in funds for research, industrial consultancy fees and/or funded researches from government, NGO or private companies in the last five financial years (from 2013 till 2017)? The information should be broken down by organization or company name, year per year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), in a xlsx spreadsheet format, or equivalent.
2) A portfolio statement for the funds the university has investments in. If you do not have a copy of it, can you provide a list of funds and corresponding management companies? Details should be broken down year by year, for the last financial years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), provided in a xlsx spreadsheet format, or equivalent.
3) Can you provide details of research projects (such as executive summary and details of reports’ publication, university department and researchers’ names) of projects whose funds exceed £50,000, in the same period of time (2013-2017)?
Now by law you have to respond to this request within 20 days, and not later than the 30th of April.
After this date I will ask a formal request to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Santino Pani

Dear FOI Reviewer, Edge Hill University,
Reference: FOI171814392
My name is Santino Pani. I am a journalist, and I am conducting a research about funds that universities receive from GOV, NGO, and/or private companies. This research is going to be published in a few months in a newspaper, therefore it is of public interest.
I made a request for information, under the FOIA 2000, to your university on the 5th of February, and your university had to respond within 20 working days, and not later than the 2nd of March.
Till today I didn’t receive any information from you, and now you are almost one month overdue in responding it, and you are not complying with the law obligations.
I am asking therefore to process it through your internal reviewer, before I take a further step asking the Information Commissioner to start an investigation on your university.
I resume the questions I asked you, and at this stage I don’t accept any excuse or refusal, as your complete silence shows a complete negligence and lack of transparency, and your action (or to better say, un-action) is unacceptable.
Please answer to the following questions:
1) What is the total amount that the university received in funds for research, industrial consultancy fees and/or funded researches from government, NGO or private companies in the last five financial years (from 2013 till 2017)? The information should be broken down by organization or company name, year per year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), in a xlsx spreadsheet format, or equivalent.
2) A portfolio statement for the funds the university has investments in. If you do not have a copy of it, can you provide a list of funds and corresponding management companies? Details should be broken down year by year, for the last financial years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), provided in a xlsx spreadsheet format, or equivalent.
3) Can you provide details of research projects (such as executive summary and details of reports’ publication, university department and researchers’ names) of projects whose funds exceed £50,000, in the same period of time (2013-2017)?
Now by law you have to respond to this request within 20 days, and not later than the 30th of April.
After this date I will ask a formal request to the Information Commissioner.
Yours sincerely,
Santino Pani

foi, Edge Hill University

Dear Santino Pani

Our Reference: FOI171814392

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. The University is currently undertaking a review of the handling of your request and will endeavor to provide a full response as soon as possible; certainly no later than your expected response date of 30th April, 2018.

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information. Some of these are qualified exemptions, which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information. In these circumstances, we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case, I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

If you have any queries regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact this office, quoting the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind Regards
Dr Craig Hutchinson-Howorth

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