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How many Lecturers in Glasgow have autim and/or dyspraxia?

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Dear Glasgow Caledonian University,

I am trying to find out how GCU promotes equality of opportunity between neurotypical staff and neurodiverse staff. Can you please tell me:

1. How many open-ended Lectureships are currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above)?

2. Of these, how many of the post-holders have autism?

3. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders have dyspraxia?

4. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders have both autism and dyspraxia?

5. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders underwent a presentation followed by a panel interview?

6. Of the post-holders who did not have to make a presentation followed by a panel interview (and were successful), how were their skills and qualifications assessed?

7. Of the post-holders who did not have to make a presentation followed by a panel interview (and were successful), how many have autism?

8. Of the post-holders who did not have to make a presentation followed by a panel interview (and were successful), how many have dyspraxia?

9. Of the post-holders who did not have to make a presentation followed by a panel interview (and were successful), how many have both autism and dyspraxia?

10. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders have declared a disability?

11. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders were assessed during the recruitment process by a manager or panel member who has autism?

12. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders were assessed during the recruitment process by a manager or panel member who is neurodiverse, other than autism?

13. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), how many of the post-holders were assessed during the recruitment process by a manager or panel member who has a disability other than neurodiversity?

14. Of all the open-ended Lectureships currently held at GCU, Glasgow (at grade 7 and above), what is the ratio of neurodiverse post-holders who were assessed during the recruitment process by a manager or panel member who is also neurodiverse, as compared with neurotypical postholders assessed by neurotypical panel members/managers?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hesketh

Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dear Ms Hesketh

Glasgow Caledonian University has received your request for information. The University is currently processing this and will get back to you as soon as possible. It will be responded to under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Yours sincerely
Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Dear Wendy
I refer to your request for information (emails below). The University's response is attached.

Please also find attached a review notice setting out the steps you may take if you are not satisfied with the response provided to your request.

If there are any questions in relation to this request, please contact the University at [Glasgow Caledonian University request email] .

Yours sincerely
Hazel

Hazel Lauder
Assistant Head (Information Compliance) | Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 331 8392 | Fax +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA

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Dear Hazel,

Sorry to have given you so much work, but I really appreciate your response. I think GCU should be taking a more proactive approach to hiring/retaining academic staff with neurodiversity if we are to accommodate the needs of neurodiverse students. It is shocking that a higher education institution has no neurodiversity policy and does not monitor for neurodiversity in 2019!

I hope going forward that this will change, now that this information has been made public.

You do not have to respond to my rhetorical comments in this message. I am merely making my thoughts on the matter public here: I do not expect a response on them.

Thanks again for your efforts in providing this information.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hesketh

Dear Freedom of Information Enquiries,

It has come to my attention that the response to some of the questions in my FOI requests may not be correct. The response to questions such as, 'how many lecturers have autsism/dyspraxia' etc was that the university does not hold this information. However, I have discovered that the University does collect this information in staff profile/monitoring forms which state:

'GCU is obliged to make a statistical return to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) every year on its staff. The following information forms part of the return. It is important that you complete sections. D: Disability and E: Ethnic Origin. If you do not wish to answer these sections then please tick the ‘I decline to answer the question’ box. If the form is not completed it will be returned and may result in delays in the processing of salary payments.'

The specific disailities on the staff monitoring form used by GCU includes:
Mental health condition (such as depression or schizophrenia)
Specific learning disability (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia)
General learning disability (such as Down's syndrome)
Cognitive impairment (such as autistic spectrum disorder or resulting from head injury)
Long-standing illness or health condition (such as cancer, diabetes HIV, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy) Physical impairment or mobility issues (such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches)
Deaf or serious hearing impairment
Blind or serious visual impairment
Other type of disability

As such, I do not accept the response that the university does not hold this information. It must have collected it for the purposes of making the statistical return to the Higher Education Statistical Agency. Can you please re-visit my FOI requests where you have said that the university does not hold information about the specific disabilities of its staff?

With thanks,
Wendy Hesketh

Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dear Ms Hesketh

Glasgow Caledonian University has received your request for a review (below). The review will be undertaken by an officer not involved in handling your request and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely
Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Dear Wendy

I refer to your request dated 1st July 2019 for an internal review of the University’s response to your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

You have stated that:
‘It has come to my attention that the response to some of the questions in my FOI requests may not be correct. The response to questions such as, 'how many lecturers have autsism/dyspraxia' etc was that the university does not hold this information. However, I have discovered that the University does collect this information in staff profile/monitoring forms which state:

'GCU is obliged to make a statistical return to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) every year on its staff. The following information forms part of the return. It is important that you complete sections. D: Disability and E: Ethnic Origin. If you do not wish to answer these sections then please tick the ‘I decline to answer the question’ box. If the form is not completed it will be returned and may result in delays in the processing of salary payments.'

The specific disabilities on the staff monitoring form used by GCU includes:
Mental health condition (such as depression or schizophrenia)
Specific learning disability (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia)
General learning disability (such as Down's syndrome)
Cognitive impairment (such as autistic spectrum disorder or resulting from head injury)
Long-standing illness or health condition (such as cancer, diabetes HIV, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy)
Physical impairment or mobility issues (such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches)
Deaf or serious hearing impairment
Blind or serious visual impairment
Other type of disability

As such, I do not accept the response that the university does not hold this information. It must have collected it for the purposes of making the statistical return to the Higher Education Statistical Agency. Can you please re-visit my FOI requests where you have said that the university does not hold information about the specific disabilities of its staff?’

Having reviewed the response originally provided to you on 17th June 2019, the outcome of this review is provided below.
I can confirm that the University does not hold the information you seek concerning the number of post-holders with autism, the number of post-holders with dyspraxia and the number of post-holders with both autism and dyspraxia.
I have considered the procedure which is in place for recording information about disability in order to establish if the information which you have requested is held by the University.
New employees are asked to complete a profile form which includes a section on disability. This is required for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring, and the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) annual staff return.

Employees are asked ‘Do you consider yourself disabled?’ and staff are asked to identify any relevant categories. Should an employee select ‘Yes’, they are further asked to select from the options available, which are determined by HESA.

Individuals are asked to ‘self-identify’ which option applies, and each group is a broad categorisation. For example, Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D.

As such, the University can only provide information based on the data which is recorded under these broad headings. Individuals are not asked, and the University does not record, any further detail. Therefore it is not possible for the University to identify any specific ‘disability’ such as autism, dyspraxia or autism and dyspraxia within these categories.

As the University does not hold the information to the level of detail required for your request the University’s original response to your request is correct as the information is not held.

While I have determined that the original response provided to you was correct with respect to the number of staff declaring specific disabilities, I note that in your request for review you have referred to the categories used on GCU forms. The categories which you have quoted are not the categories which are currently used by GCU. This is because the categories used by HESA changed in 2015/16. Therefore, the information which you have quoted originates from documentation which is no longer in use.

The HESA categories are noted below along with the URL for the relevant HESA webpages.

HESA categories are available at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/collection/c17025...
0No known disability
8Two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions
51A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
52General learning disability (such as Down's syndrome)
53A social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
54A long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
55A mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
56A physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
57Deaf or serious hearing impairment
58Blind or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
96A disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above
97Information refused

If a member of staff identifies with more than one disability category this is recorded as ‘Two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions’ and these cannot be broken down

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request for review, I refer you to the details contained in the attached document on what further action may be open to you.

If there are any questions in relation to this response, please contact the University at [Glasgow Caledonian University request email]

Yours sincerely
Jean Ash

Jean Ash
Information Compliance, Governance and Records Manager | Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 331 3341| F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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Dear Jean,
Thank you so much for your detailed reply. I now understand why GCU does not hold the information I asked for in my original request. As such, and due to the change to the HESA categories, I have changed the wording of my request and ask that you please treat this as a new FOI request. Can you please tell me how many lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D? And can you please reflect this number as a percentage of the total number of lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society overall?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hesketh

Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dear Ms Hesketh

Glasgow Caledonian University has received your request for information. The University is currently processing this and will get back to you as soon as possible. It will be responded to under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Yours sincerely
Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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Thanks Linda,
Much appreciated.
Best wishes,
Wendy Hesketh

Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Dear Wendy

I refer to your request for information (email below). The University's response is given below.

Question

Can you please tell me how many lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D? And can you please reflect this number as a percentage of the total number of lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society overall?

Response

At 2 August 2019, the number of Lecturers in the Glasgow School of Business and Society who have self-identified a disability categorised as ‘Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D’ is less than 5.

The percentage of GSBS Lecturers who have identified as having ‘a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D’ is less than 5%.

Please find attached a review notice setting out the steps you may take if you are not satisfied with the response provided to your request.

If there are any questions in relation to this request, please contact the University at [Glasgow Caledonian University request email].

Yours sincerely
Jean Ash

Jean Ash
Information Compliance, Governance and Records Manager | Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 331 3341| F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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FAO Jean Ash
Information Compliance, Governance and Records Manager | Department of Governance

Dear Jean,
RE: HOW MANY LECTURERS IN THE GSBS HAVE AUTISM (CONTINUED)
Thank you so much for the information you have provided here. This is very much appreciated. Following on from my earlier request, I’m still trying to find out about lecturers with autism in the Glasgow School for Business and Society. I have re-worded my request in light of the earlier information that you so helpfully provided. I would be most obliged if you could also answer these questions for me:

1. Can you please tell me how many lecturers there are in the Glasgow School for Business and Society to date?

2. Of these, how many lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society have a social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder (AKA HESA Category 53A)?

3. Can you please reflect this number as a percentage of the total number of lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society overall?

4. What percentage of lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society had a social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder in 2015?

5. How many of the lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society identifies with more than one disability category (recorded as ‘Two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions’) to date? And again, can you please reflect this number as a percentage of the total number of lecturers in the Glasgow School for Business and Society overall?

6. What happens when a member of staff declares a disability, either on the HESA form, or elsewhere? For example, is there a policy/procedure for discussing adjustments/support in the workplace for that individual? Are they referred to a disability manager, or service?

7. Is there a policy or procedure pertaining to any assistance by GCU as an employer, for staff to be assessed for health conditions such as dyspraxia/autism? How does this compare with students who present with potential specific learning disabilities and/or social/communication difficulties?

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hesketh

Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dear Ms Hesketh

Glasgow Caledonian University has received your request for information. The University is currently processing this and will get back to you as soon as possible. It will be responded to under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Yours sincerely
Linda Reid

Linda Reid
Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 273 1451 | F: +44 (0)141 331 8797 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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Freedom of Information Enquiries, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Dear Ms Hesketh

I refer to your request for information (below). The University's response is attached.

Please also find attached a review notice setting out the steps you may take if you are not satisfied with the response provided to your request.

If there are any questions in relation to this request, please contact the University at [Glasgow Caledonian University request email].

Yours sincerely
Jean Ash

Jean Ash
Specialist Advisor (Temporary) | Department of Governance

T: +44 (0)141 331 3341 | E: [email address]
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

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