Dear University of Liverpool,

Louise Kenny in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences wrote on 19th January 2021 that "47 academic roles" may be made redundant.

Can you please tell me:

1. How many of these 47 academic roles are in each of the the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences four Institutes?
2. How many of these 47 academic roles are in each of the the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Departments?
3. How many staff are on Teaching and Research (T&R) contracts in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences?
4. How many staff are on Teaching and Research (T&R) contracts in each of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences four Institutes?
5. How many staff are on Teaching and Research (T&R) contracts in each of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Departments?
6. How many men and how many women are in these 47 academic roles?
7. How many of these 47 academic roles are Professors?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Riley

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Dear Mr Riley

 

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of
Information Act. Your reference number is FOI/2021/055.

 

Due to the ongoing disruption caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic, we
may take a little longer than normal to respond to certain enquiries. We
ask that you bear with us; we will keep you updated as best as we can.

 

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University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
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Dear Mr Riley

 

I’ve been asked by colleagues to get more information to help us identify
and locate the information you have asked for. Under section 1(3) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, a public authority need not comply with a
request unless any further information reasonably required to locate the
information is supplied.

 

For questions 3-5, are you asking for general numbers or numbers specific
to the 47 roles mentioned in the other questions.

 

If I do not receive clarification within three months your request will be
considered closed.

 

Kind regards, Kirsty

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

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Dear Kirsty,

Many thanks for your request for clarification concerning my questions 3-5. Here I am asking for "general numbers", that is, the total number of T&R staff within each of what I've specified in questions 3-5.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Riley

foi Uof Liverpool, University of Liverpool

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Dear Mr Riley

 

Further to our email below. We are still considering your request
following receipt of information from colleagues.

Although the Freedom of Information Act carries a presumption in favour of
disclosure, it provides exemptions which may be used to withhold
information in specified circumstances. Some of these exemptions, referred
to as ‘qualified exemptions’, are subject to a public interest test. This
test is used to balance the public interest in disclosure against the
public interest in favour of withholding the information. The Act allows
us to exceed the 20 working day response target where we need to consider
the public interest test fully.

The information which you have requested is now being considered under the
exemption in section s36(2)(c) of the Act, which is concerned with the
effects of making the information public. This is a qualified exemption
and to consider the public interest test fully we need to extend the 20
working day response period. We now aim to let you have a full response by
26 March at the very latest, although we will aim to respond sooner if
possible.

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

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you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
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From: foi Uof Liverpool
Sent: 01 February 2021 13:34
To: 'Peter Riley' <[FOI #722961 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Health and Life Sciences
staff

 

Dear Mr Riley

 

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of
Information Act. Your reference number is FOI/2021/055.

 

Due to the ongoing disruption caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic, we
may take a little longer than normal to respond to certain enquiries. We
ask that you bear with us; we will keep you updated as best as we can.

 

The University will aim to respond within 20 working days of receipt – 26
February at the latest.  If we ask you to clarify your request, the
deadline will be re-calculated once we have received clarification. 

 

If you have any queries about this email, your request, or the way in
which your enquiry is being handled, please do not hesitate to get in
touch.

 

Kind regards, Kirsty

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
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Julian Todd left an annotation ()

Their statement is false. Section 10 of the FOI Act does not allow them, under any circumstances, to exceed the 20 day limit to comply with your request or issue you a refusal notice.

According to Section 17( 1) the refusal notice must (a) state the fact, (b) state the exemption, and (c) state the reason for the exemption. In my experience, legal departments don't normally have a problem coming up with some waffle once the decision has been made, so there must be another reason for this unlawful delay.

If we look at the Section 36(2)(c) exemption (Prejudice of effective conduct of public affairs) we note that it can only be applied according to "the reasonable opinion of a qualified person." In the case of a University the "qualified person" is the Vice-Chancellor.

If the V-C is, for some reason, hesitant to sign her name on a piece of paper stating that it is her reasonable opinion that releasing this information would somehow prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, then the FOI officer is not going to let a refusal notice bearing a Section 36 exemption go out the door because they know they'll be caught out of you appeal and the ICO come looking for that note. That's a much worse problem for them to deal with than being late whilst attempting to mislead you about the law.

You should report this delay to the ICO on their complaints form which has a special section for late responses so that they can intervene promptly.
https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/offi...

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Dear Mr Riley

 

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act (our reference FOI/2021/055). 

 

Please find attached the University's response.

 

Kind regards, Kirsty

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
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