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Dear De Montfort University,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please provide any information that you hold answering to any of the following descriptions:

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Hayes

Freedom Of Information, De Montfort University

Dear Jo Hayes

 

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, while De Montfort University will make every effort to comply
with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General
Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it may be
necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and
safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance
and information rights work, and this may impact our response times.

 

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many
organisations will face at the moment and one the Information
Commissioner’s Office have recognised.  The Information Commissioner’s
Office have advised:

 

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our
own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays
when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information
[1]here

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your email request below.

 

Your request is being considered and if the information is held you will
receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20
working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to
the information not being exempt.

 

If the time taken to meet your request is likely to exceed 18 hours, we
will contact you and ask you amend your request to bring it below this
time limit. We will assist you with suggestions of how this might be
achieved.

 

I may also contact you if the request needs to be clarified; this is to
ensure that we provide you with the information you require.

 

Please note that some information you have requested may not be provided
to you; this will only be information that can be withheld by law.  In
most cases the reasons will be explained to you along with your copy of
any information that can be released to you.

 

In order to ensure a prompt response to any communication, please ensure
that any further emails are copied to [2][De Montfort University request email].

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Michael

 

Michael Davies

 

Information Governance Officer

Governance and Legal

 

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway

Leicester

LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6513

E: [3][email address]

W: dmu.ac.uk

 

 

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Freedom Of Information, De Montfort University

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Dear Jo Hayes

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000-INFORMATION REQUEST

 

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, while De Montfort University is making every effort to comply
with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General
Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it has been
necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and
safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance
and information rights work, and this has impacted our response times.

 

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many
organisations will face at the moment and one the Information
Commissioner’s Office have recognised.  The Information Commissioner’s
Office have advised:

 

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our
own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays
when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information
[1]here

 

We apologise for the protracted delay in responding to this Freedom of
Information request.

 

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our response is as follows:

 

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity
Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,”
including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please
redact personal details if necessary. Response: Please see attached copy
of submission (please note we have removed multiple copies of the same
policy/procedure). It has been necessary to redact some personal
information contained in the attached documents.  These changes have been
made under the Section 40(2) exemption covering the personal data of third
parties.

 

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to
either application or programme. Response: Please see attached Feedback
Comms document.  It has been necessary to redact some personal information
contained in the attached documents.  These changes have been made under
the Section 40(2) exemption covering the personal data of third parties.

 

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or
2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you
claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in
broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be
entitled to withhold it).  Response: Please see attached Feedback
Communications document. We have not included generic newsletters sent to
multiple organisations. It has been necessary to redact some personal
information contained in the attached documents.  These changes have been
made under the Section 40(2) exemption covering the personal data of third
parties.

 

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out
connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact
assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind,
if no further assessment was done).  Response: There ae no recorded impact
assessments relating to the above application.

 

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019;
(ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

Response:

 

Membership fees (inclusive of VAT)

 

  Fiscal year (£) University year (£)
18/19 12000 6000
19/20 0 3000
20/21 3000 3000

 

Additional monies (inclusive of VAT)

 

  Fiscal year (£) University year (£)
18/19 1554 1554
19/20 0 0
20/21 0 54

 

 

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme
in the future, and if so which.  Response: The University intends to
continue to maintain membership of the Stonewall Diversity Champions
scheme.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch with me to discuss them. You
might like to know that the University’s website [2]www.dmu.ac.uk contains
a section on the Freedom of Information Act that lists other publications
readily available from the University under its Publication Scheme.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Michael

 

Michael Davies

 

Information Governance Officer

Governance and Legal

 

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway

Leicester

LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6513

E: [3][email address]

W: dmu.ac.uk

 

You have the right to complain to the University about this decision.  If
you wish to do this please write to:

 

Regulations and Complaints Manager

Corporate Services

0.13 Trinity House

Leicester

Telephone (0116) 257 7694

 

If you are subsequently not satisfied with the University’s response to
your complaint you have a right of appeal to the independent Information
Commissioner.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Offices are currently closed, and therefore
unable to receive correspondence via post.  Please contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office through their [4]contact page

 

Most of the information we provide in response to Freedom of Information
Act 2000 request will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases
the copyright will be owned by De Montfort University. The copyright in
other information may be owned by another person or organization as
indicated in the information itself.

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example, publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will
require the permission of the copyright holder.

 

For information where the copyright is owned by the De Montfort
University, details of the conditions of re-use can be found on our
website at [5]www.dmu.ac.uk.

 

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organization, you must apply to the copyright holder to obtain their
permission.

 

 

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