Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

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Dear Swansea 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 whic

Yours faithfully,

U. Winfield

Hughes L.E., Swansea University

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Dear U Winfield

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your request dated 07/02/2021
for information relating to Stonewall.

 

This email confirms that your request has now been passed to the
University Compliance Officer who will review the contents of your request
and establish if a) your request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any
further clarification is required from you to allow us to progress
further.

 

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 178/20-21 on any correspondence. 

 

Kind Regards

 

Lisa Hughes

 

(Nodwch mai fy nyddiau Rhyddid Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data yw dydd Llun, Iau
a Gwener, a fy nyddiau Cymraeg yw dydd Mawrth a Mercher / Please note that
my FOI and DP days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and my Welsh days
are Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

 

Cynorthwyydd Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol | University Compliance Assistant

(Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Diogelu Data / Yr Iaith Gymraeg) | (FOI / Data
Protection / The Welsh Language)

Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor | Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Adeilad yr Abaty | Abbey Building

Prifysgol Abertawe| Swansea University

Parc Singleton| Singleton Park

SA2 8PP

 

Ffon/Tel: 01792 513749

e-bost/Email: [1][email address]

 

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Rhowch wybod i ni os hoffech dderbyn eich gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rydym yn
croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg
yn arwain at oedi. | Let us know if you would like to receive
correspondence in Welsh. We welcome correspondence in Welsh or English.
Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay.

 

Peidiwch ag argraffu'r e-bost hwn oni bai fod gwir angen gwneud hynny |
Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to

 

Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn yn gyfrinachol a dim ond y derbynnydd a
fwriadwyd a ddylai ei ddarllen. Os derbynioch y neges mewn camgymeriad,
rhowch wybod i'r anfonydd a dilewch y neges. | The contents of this e-mail
are confidential and for the intended recipient only. If you have received
this message in error, please inform the sender and delete the message

 

Mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif.1138342 | Swansea
University is a registered charity. No. 1138342

 

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Hughes L.E., Swansea University

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Dear U Winfield

 

I write in connection with your request for information regarding the
University’s dealings with Stonewall. The FOI Act obliges the University
to respond to requests promptly and in any case no later than 20 working
days after receipt of your request.

 

We must consider firstly whether we can comply with s1(1)(a) of the Act,
which is our duty to confirm whether or not the information requested is
held and secondly we must comply with s1(1)(b), which is the provision of
the information.

 

However the Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working
days, if this balance of the public interest is undetermined.  In this
case we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of the public
interest lies and estimate that it will take additional time to make the
decision.

 

The specific exemption which applies in relation to your request is
Section 43 (Commercial Interests).  This is a qualified exemption which
requires the University to conduct a public interest test to establish
whether the public interest is best served by disclosure or non-disclosure
of the information.

 

The ‘public interest’ is not however, what the public may find
interesting, there must be some tangible benefit to the community in such
disclosure.  Ultimately, it must be something that serves the interests of
the public.  It is a requirement to identify all the factors which serve
these interests and also those which do not, only then can a decision be
made.

 

Additional information may be located on the ICO’s guidance page using the
link below (Awareness guidance 11 – Time for Compliance).

 

[1]http://www.ico.org.uk/~/media/documents/...

 

Kind Regards

 

Lisa Hughes

 

(Nodwch mai fy nyddiau Rhyddid Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data yw dydd Llun, Iau
a Gwener, a fy nyddiau Cymraeg yw dydd Mawrth a Mercher / Please note that
my FOI and DP days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and my Welsh days
are Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

 

Cynorthwyydd Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol | University Compliance Assistant

(Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Diogelu Data / Yr Iaith Gymraeg) | (FOI / Data
Protection / The Welsh Language)

Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor | Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Adeilad yr Abaty | Abbey Building

Prifysgol Abertawe| Swansea University

Parc Singleton| Singleton Park

SA2 8PP

 

Ffon/Tel: 01792 513749

e-bost/Email: [2][email address]

 

[3]cid:image001.png@01D411FC.72331C50

Rhowch wybod i ni os hoffech dderbyn eich gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rydym yn
croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg
yn arwain at oedi. | Let us know if you would like to receive
correspondence in Welsh. We welcome correspondence in Welsh or English.
Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay.

 

Peidiwch ag argraffu'r e-bost hwn oni bai fod gwir angen gwneud hynny |
Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to

 

Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn yn gyfrinachol a dim ond y derbynnydd a
fwriadwyd a ddylai ei ddarllen. Os derbynioch y neges mewn camgymeriad,
rhowch wybod i'r anfonydd a dilewch y neges. | The contents of this e-mail
are confidential and for the intended recipient only. If you have received
this message in error, please inform the sender and delete the message

 

Mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif.1138342 | Swansea
University is a registered charity. No. 1138342

 

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Dear Ms Hughes,

Thank you for keeping me informed. I do look forward to reading the replies to my FoI requests.

Yours sincerely,

U. Winfield

Hughes L.E., Swansea University

Diolch am eich neges. Rwyf allan o’r swyddfa tan 09/03/2021. Ar gyfer
ymholiadau, cysylltwch â [Swansea University request email], [email address],
neu [email address]

 

Thank you for your message. I am out of office unti 09/03/2021 For
queries, contact [Swansea University request email], [email address], or
[email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Swansea University,
Your latest response, dated 6th March, leaves me none the wiser.
I am now calling for an internal review. Thank you in advance for any information which you can provide in reply to my original FoI request of 7th February.

Yours faithfully,

U. Winfield

FOI Requests, Swansea University

Dear U Winfield

Thanks for your email and apologies that you've not heard from us sooner. It was brought to our attention that some of the information held in relation to the request was subject to the Section 43(2) Commercial Interests exemption. As such, we have been conducting a public interest test which in this case involved consulting with Stonewall. This was necessary as their input into whether the information is suitable for disclosure was needed, and the disclosure of the information is likely to affect their interests as well as the University's. You were made aware of the public interest test on 05/03. The University is now in the process of reviewing and redacting the emails (question 3 of the request).

The rest of the response is now ready (questions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6), and this partial response will be sent to you shortly.

Kind Regards

Lisa

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Hughes L.E., Swansea University

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Dear U Winfield

 

Your request has been considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and a partial response is attached. The University is
still in the process of reviewing and redacting the information for
question 3. We aim to get this information to you by the end of the week
(23^rd)

 

I trust this information is of assistance to you but please contact me if
you have any questions in relation to this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s determination of your
application you may in the first instance request an internal review by
contacting Mrs Bev Buckley (Information Compliance Manager)
[1][email address]. Your request for internal review must be
made within 40 working days from the date of initial response.  

 

Please click on the link below for further information in relation to the
Freedom of Information Appeals process.

 

[2]https://www.swansea.ac.uk/about-us/compl...

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Lisa Hughes

 

(Nodwch mai fy nyddiau Rhyddid Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data yw dydd Llun, Iau
a Gwener, a fy nyddiau Cymraeg yw dydd Mawrth a Mercher / Please note that
my FOI and DP days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and my Welsh days
are Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

 

Cynorthwyydd Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol | University Compliance Assistant

(Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Diogelu Data / Yr Iaith Gymraeg) | (FOI / Data
Protection / The Welsh Language)

Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor | Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Adeilad yr Abaty | Abbey Building

Prifysgol Abertawe| Swansea University

Parc Singleton| Singleton Park

SA2 8PP

 

Ffon/Tel: 01792 513749

e-bost/Email: [3][email address]

 

Rhowch wybod i ni os hoffech dderbyn eich gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rydym yn
croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg
yn arwain at oedi. | Let us know if you would like to receive
correspondence in Welsh. We welcome correspondence in Welsh or English.
Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay.

 

Peidiwch ag argraffu'r e-bost hwn oni bai fod gwir angen gwneud hynny |
Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to

 

Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn yn gyfrinachol a dim ond y derbynnydd a
fwriadwyd a ddylai ei ddarllen. Os derbynioch y neges mewn camgymeriad,
rhowch wybod i'r anfonydd a dilewch y neges. | The contents of this e-mail
are confidential and for the intended recipient only. If you have received
this message in error, please inform the sender and delete the message

 

Mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif.1138342 | Swansea
University is a registered charity. No. 1138342

 

 

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Dear U Winfield

 

Your request has been considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our full response is attached.

 

I trust this information is of assistance to you but please contact me if
you have any questions in relation to this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s determination of your
application you may in the first instance request an internal review by
contacting Mrs Bev Buckley (Information Compliance Manager)
[1][email address]. Your request for internal review must be
made within 40 working days from the date of initial response.  

 

Please click on the link below for further information in relation to the
Freedom of Information Appeals process.

 

[2]https://www.swansea.ac.uk/about-us/compl...

 

Kind Regards

 

Lisa Hughes

 

(Nodwch mai fy nyddiau Rhyddid Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data yw dydd Llun, Iau
a Gwener, a fy nyddiau Cymraeg yw dydd Mawrth a Mercher / Please note that
my FOI and DP days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and my Welsh days
are Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

 

Cynorthwyydd Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol | University Compliance Assistant

(Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Diogelu Data / Yr Iaith Gymraeg) | (FOI / Data
Protection / The Welsh Language)

Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor | Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Adeilad yr Abaty | Abbey Building

Prifysgol Abertawe| Swansea University

Parc Singleton| Singleton Park

SA2 8PP

 

Ffon/Tel: 01792 513749

e-bost/Email: [3][email address]

 

Rhowch wybod i ni os hoffech dderbyn eich gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rydym yn
croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg
yn arwain at oedi. | Let us know if you would like to receive
correspondence in Welsh. We welcome correspondence in Welsh or English.
Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay.

 

Peidiwch ag argraffu'r e-bost hwn oni bai fod gwir angen gwneud hynny |
Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to

 

Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn yn gyfrinachol a dim ond y derbynnydd a
fwriadwyd a ddylai ei ddarllen. Os derbynioch y neges mewn camgymeriad,
rhowch wybod i'r anfonydd a dilewch y neges. | The contents of this e-mail
are confidential and for the intended recipient only. If you have received
this message in error, please inform the sender and delete the message

 

Mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif.1138342 | Swansea
University is a registered charity. No. 1138342

 

 

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