Implications of 'Brexit' for FE colleges

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Julie Williams-Nash

Dear South Eastern Regional College,

In an effort to ascertain how much Northern Ireland FE colleges stand to lose in European funding following ‘Brexit’, UCU seeks the following information from SERC under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. How much money has SERC received each year for the last 5 years via EU funding streams for each of the following:
i) Horizon 2020
ii) Erasmus
iii) European Social Fund
iv) Fees from EU students
v) Other

2. How much money has SERC received in research funding via Horizon 2020 to date?
3. Has SERC estimated/quantified how much EU funding (from the various streams mentioned above) is jeopardized by ‘Brexit’?
4. Please state how many academic/lecturer posts are associated with these research projects?

Yours faithfully,
Julie Williams-Nash
UCU Regional Office
94 Malone Road
Belfast BT9 5HP
028 9066 5501

Sian Harvey, South Eastern Regional College

 Dear Julie

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received by the College
on 17^th October 2016.

 

Freedom of Information is dealt with in accordance with your ‘right to
know’ under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA(2000)), which entitles you to be advised in writing as to whether
the College holds the information you have provided and to be provided
with a copy of that information unless an appropriate exemption applies as
detailed in Part II of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), Section 12
or Section 14.  Should this be the case, the College will explain the
reasons for this application.

 

You requested the following information from the College:

 

In an effort to ascertain how much Northern Ireland FE colleges stand to
lose in European funding following ‘Brexit’, UCU seeks the following
information from SERC under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1.       How much money has SERC received each year for the last 5 years
via EU funding streams for each of the following:

                                             i.            Horizon 2020

                                           ii.            Erasmus

                                         iii.            European Social
Fund

                                         iv.            Fees from EU
students

                                           v.            Other

 

2.       How much money has SERC received in research funding via Horizon
2020 to date?

3.       Has SERC estimated/quantified how much EU funding (from the
various streams mentioned above) is jeopardized by ‘Brexit’?

4.       Please state how many academic/lecturer posts are associated with
these research projects?

 

The College has provided a response to your question below.  The response
is in 2 parts.  Section (a) will confirm whether or not we hold the
information and Section (b) will provide the response and Refusal Notice
if applicable.

 

In an effort to ascertain how much Northern Ireland FE colleges stand to
lose in European funding following ‘Brexit’, UCU seeks the following
information from SERC under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1.       How much money has SERC received each year for the last 5 years
via EU funding streams for each of the following:

                                             i.            Horizon 2020

                                           ii.            Erasmus

                                         iii.            European Social
Fund

                                         iv.            Fees from EU
students

                                           v.            Other

 

a)      The College can confirm that we do hold this information

b)      See table below

Project 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Horizon 2020 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Erasmus £0 £0 £3,161 £33,051 £69,874
European Social Fund £0 £40,017 £295,298 £39,796 £23,505
Other £171,372 £104,882 £92,713 £30,824 £102
Total £171,372 £144,900 £391,172 £103,670 £93,481

 

Please note information relating to Fees from EU students is not readily
available as they are not coded separately (i.e. they are not
international students as under DfE Circular the category is “Home and
European Students”).

 

The appropriate limit for FE Colleges is £450 based on an hourly rate of
£25ph.  This £450 represents the value of 2.5 working days for 1 staff
member to determine if the information is held and then locating,
retrieving and extracting it.  Under Section 12 of the FOIA (2000), the
College is not obliged to comply with requests where the cost of
compliance exceeds this limit.

 

 Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit.

12 (1)        Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply
with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost
of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

 

I have liaised with the relevant Departments in relation to your request
and it is estimated that to ‘Fees from EU Students’ will exceed the
appropriate cost limit.  Please treat this notification as a refusal
notice under Section 17 of FOIA (2000).  To establish the information, we
would need to review all fees from each student to establish if they are
European status – this would approximately 10 hours per year (£25 x 50hrs
= £1,250 cost)

 

2.       How much money has SERC received in research funding via Horizon
2020 to date?

a)       The College can confirm that we do hold this information

b)      Nil

 

3.       Has SERC estimated/quantified how much EU funding (from the
various streams mentioned above) is jeopardized by ‘Brexit’?

a)      The College can confirm that we do not hold this information

b)      Not applicable

 

4.       Please state how many academic/lecturer posts are associated with
these research projects?

a)      The College can confirm that we do hold this information

b)      Nil

 

YOUR RIGHT TO APPEAL:

 

Internal Appeal:

If you are not happy with how the College has handled your request or
exemptions applied to the response they have a right to ask for an
internal review of your request.  Appeals should be submitted within 2
weeks of receipt of this response detailing reasons for dissatisfaction
and should be addressed to:

 

Information Officer

SERC

Bangor Campus

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

 

[1][email address]

 

Application to Information Commissioners Office:

If after internal appeal you remain dissatisfied with the College
response, you have a right under Section 50 of FOIA (2000) to apply to the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for a decision.  I should inform
you that the Commissioner will generally only make a decision after the
applicant has exhausted the 'internal appeal' mechanism.  For information,
the ICO contact details are:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Northern Ireland
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place,
Belfast
BT7 2JB

 

Kind regards

 

Sian

 

Siân Harvey

Records Manager

SERC, Bangor Campus (A14)

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

Tel: (028) 9127 6600  Ext: 2862  DD: (028) 9127 6862  Web:
[2]www.serc.ac.uk

 

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