Independent QC report

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Please accept this message as a formal request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act.

On the 18th of May this year, Professor Richard Williams, Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt issued a statement [1] which disseminated some details of the independent report commissioned by the University in response to the O'Gorman case which was heard last year at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

I understand that the University has now received the full report from Morag Ross QC, and has disseminated some information publicly; however, despite the report being shared on the University intranet, it has not been published publicly.

It is in the public interest that this report be disseminated widely to ensure that a repeat of the O'Gorman case cannot happen.

Would you please, therefore, provide me with a copy of the report? If there are elements of the report you feel cannot be shared, I would expect you to carry out the relevant redactions, and provide justification of said redactions.

If, for some reason, you believe that you require further information to comply with my request, please do let me know.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Bob Packard

[1] https://www.hw.ac.uk/news/articles/2020/...

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Dear Mr Packard

 

Thank you for your recent information request dated 10 June 2020 regarding
the Independent Review compiled by Morag Ross QC. Your request has been
handled under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 

Please note that this report is available on our website [1]Independent
Review and is therefore exempt from release under Section 25 (1) of FOISA:
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From: Bob Packard <[FOI #669900 email]>
Sent: 10 June 2020 22:46
To: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Independent QC report

 

Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Please accept this message as a formal request under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act.

On the 18th of May this year, Professor Richard Williams, Vice Chancellor
of Heriot-Watt issued a statement [1] which disseminated some details of
the independent report commissioned by the University in response to the
O'Gorman case which was heard last year at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

I understand that the University has now received the full report from
Morag Ross QC, and has disseminated some information publicly; however,
despite the report being shared on the University intranet, it has not
been published publicly.

It is in the public interest that this report be disseminated widely to
ensure that a repeat of the O'Gorman case cannot happen.

Would you please, therefore, provide me with a copy of the report? If
there are elements of the report you feel cannot be shared, I would expect
you to carry out the relevant redactions, and provide justification of
said redactions.

If, for some reason, you believe that you require further information to
comply with my request, please do let me know.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Bob Packard

[1]
[7]https://www.hw.ac.uk/news/articles/2020/...

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