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Dear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,

Can you tell me what is the approval process for courses on FutureLearn?

Can you publish the statistics on the number of students who have started and finished courses since you have been running them with FutureLearn?

How much money have you made form those courses?

https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/lon...

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Hai

LSHTM Servicedesk, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM ServiceDesk
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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LSHTM ServiceDesk
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Your request Freedom of Information request - FutureLearn courses has now
been completed.

Dear Abdul Hai,

I am write to provide the following response to your Freedom of
Information Act Request:

Can you tell me what is the approval process for courses on FutureLearn?

 Academic teams source an area of interest where LSHTM expertise would
benefit global healthcare professionals. This is agreed with members of
the Senior Leadership team before course creation begins.

Can you publish the statistics on the number of students who have started
and finished courses since you have been running them with FutureLearn?

This information is not held by LSHTM, it is held by FutureLearn who have
indiciated that  "this data around Learners and their completion on the
course is commercially sensitive. We consider that the disclosure of
information on the number of learners would, or would be likely to,
prejudice our commercial position in this process and in the market. As
such, we would again like to rely on the exemption set out in section
43(2) of the FOIA."

How much money have you made from those courses?

Income recieved for short courses is published in LSHTMs Financial
Statements. Specific information on FutureLearn courses is not held by
LSHTM it is held by FutureLearn who have stated that "Any financial
information, including information relating to revenue or sales, is
commercially sensitive and exempt from disclosure under section 43(2) of
the FOIA. It is our opinion that the release of such information into the
public domain would, or would be likely to, prejudice or harm the
commercial position and interests of FutureLearn, as such financial
information would allow our direct competitors to infer our strategy in
relation to the competitive distance learning market"

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Freedom of Information Team

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