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

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Dear City University London,

I am writing you for a Request of information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on the following topics: “In which government, 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

Sesay, Saidu, City University London

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Dear Santino Pani,

 

Thank you for your requests for information (see below) received on
30/01/2018.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
2018/032.

 

Dear City University London,

 

I am writing you for a Request of information, under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on the following topics: “In which government,
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

 

 

 

                            Yours Sincerely,

Saidu Sesay

Information
Compliance
Officer,
Information
Technology

City, University
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Square

London EC1V 0HB

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Dear Santino Pani,

 

Please find attached our response to your information request.

 

 

 

                            Yours Sincerely,

Saidu Sesay

Information
Compliance
Officer,
Information
Technology

City, University
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London EC1V 0HB

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8224

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Dear Sesay, Saidu,

Thank you for yor response. I analyzed the reports published by the university, and they don't respond to my request. They show a summary of funds and endwoments your university received, but not from which public or private companies are they received, and my research is based specifically on this detail.

As you wrote your researching time exceeds the 18 hours limit, you can spit the research, answering to Q1, then Q2, and Q3. By law you should offer an alternative, and try to respond to a request, in adempting to your obligation of transparency. If you don't provide a response on the deadline, I will ask for an internal review, and eventually I'll go further making a complaint from an external department.

As you could had noticed, I made the same request to almost 50 universities, for a journalism research.
Other universities provided explanatory details of their funds, and I find strange that your university doens't have enough time to do a research. You should provide raw data's; I don't think is much complicate.

Bare in mind that this request, and all the correspondence related with your university, is shown publicly through the following link:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours sincerely,

Santino Pani

Sesay, Saidu, City University London

Dear Santino,

Thank you for your email below. Please note, to respond to your request for information in answering any of the questions (Q1, then Q2, and Q3) would take City over the appropriate time limit as explained in our response to you on the 15th February 2018.

Thanks, Saidu

Saidu Sesay
Information Compliance Officer, Information Technology
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
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Dear City University, FOI Review TEAM,

I am writing you to review my request – under the FOIA 2000 – on the topic “In which government, NGO or Private companies do universities receive funding’ for research?”, sent to your University on the 30th of January.
By law I should had received a response by the 2nd of March. Mr Saidu Sesay answered today - much in advance from the deadline, refusing to respond to the questions, claiming that, as by law you are not obligated to respond to a request if its research exceed 2.5 days, (which actually is 18 hours) or £450. (Referring to art. 12 of the FOIA).
I acknowledge that the research could take long, but the art. 16 of The FOIA says that the authority who received a FOI request should provide an appropriate assistance, complying with Art.45 of the Code of Practice. I asked expressly that, if the researching time would exceed the limit, you could split the research, answering first to Q1, Q2, and Q3, opening a reverence for each question, and so taking each question as a different request. This is how other authorities acted, satisfying all my requests. Mr Sesay refused also this request.

The Art. 46 of the same Code of Practice says that a public authority has the duty to keep records tidy and ready for any request. The fact that Mr Sesay responded refusing directly the request suggest me or that your university doesn’t hold data’s properly stored, which actually I don’t believe, as yours is a well-known university, or it suggests me that Mr Sesay didn’t bother to carry out any research before answering.
In both cases it suggests me that your university doesn’t follow to the law’s obligations, especially of transparency, or perhaps it shows negligence and unwillingness to support a citizen’s request with appropriate assistance. All other universities whom I sent the same request are responding, giving accurate data, or offering alternatives to satisfy my request; (It has been sent to almost 50 universities, and it has a journalism purpose).
Therefore I am asking to review my request. The questions I asked are as following:

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)?
I will wait to receive a response from your reviewer, and eventually - if not satisfied - I will write to the complaint commissioner.
Bear in mind that my request, and all the correspondence between me and your university is showing publicly through the whatdotheyknow website, under the following link:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours sincerely,

Santino Pani

Sesay, Saidu, City University London

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Dear Santino Pani,

 

Please find attached an acknowledgement Letter to your email, requesting
review of our response to your Freedom Of Information Request.

 

 

                            Yours Sincerely,

Saidu Sesay

Information
Compliance
Officer,
Information
Technology

City, University
[1]cid:image001.png@01D2FA28.E16145D0 of London

Northampton
Square

London EC1V 0HB

T: +44 (0)20 7040
8224

[2]www.city.ac.uk

 

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