Information about your dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall

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Dear University for the Creative Arts,

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,

Ermine Amies

FOI, University for the Creative Arts

Dear Ermine
Thank you for your request under Freedom of Information which is receiving our attention.
Kind regards
FOI

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FOI, University for the Creative Arts

Dear Ermine

 

Thank you for your enquiry under Freedom of Information. Below are the
responses from University for the Creative Arts:

 

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.

 

We continued our membership as Stonewall Diversity Champions in 2019 and
in 2020

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

None
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).
Catchups with our client manager on their programmes and their standard
information on best practice
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).

None
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.

£2500 in both years
6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme
in the future, and if so which.

 

We intend to continue our membership

 

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Dear University for the Creative Arts,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University for the Creative Arts's handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall'.

Your response omits information requested so this is to request an internal review.

Your response to part 1, 2 &3 of the request was:
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We continued our membership as Stonewall Diversity Champions in 2019 and in 2020

Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme: None

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).

Catchups with our client manager on their programmes and their standard information on best practice
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As the Workplace Equality Index is a benchmark tool and a "developmental framework" which you use to measure your achievements and progress on LGBT equality, you will have assessed and reported on 10 areas of employment policy and practice, drafting answers and updating file information.

So I do not accept that you do not hold or have access to this information electronically and/or in final drafts prepared for submission, assessing and reporting on those 10 areas of employment policy and practice, and current year evidence submitted and/or have shared the finished submission with management and/or have links to the staff survey, references, attachments or appendices or other additional information & research for the submission. Organisations receive their scores and in-depth, tailored written and verbal feedback to use as a foundation for future work and action plans.

I do not accept that you do not hold or have access to this information electronically and/or:

- final drafts for the Workplace Employment Index
- and/or have shared the finished submission with management
- and/or have links to references, attachments or appendices or other additional information & research for the submission
- and/or staff survey results
- and/or have written feedback and and your own notes from the feedback meetings
- and/or internal records of feedback shared with managers
- and/or have policy advice on HR policies from Stonewall
- and requests for lobbying action on the GRA and other matters.

In your internal review, you may decide Section 12 exemption applies. I direct your attention to your section 16 duty to provide me with advice and assistance to help me to refine my request. For example, it could make it possible for you to comply without incurring excessive costs by providing me with a list of the custodians (by job title; I do not need to know names) you believe to have been the recipients of such communications.

That, of course, would not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and assistance as there may be other ways in which you can help me to refine my request so that it captures a representative picture of your dealings with Stonewall without exceeding the appropriate limit.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Note: For ease of reference, in response to parts 4,5 & 6 you said you did not carry out equality impact assessments, the cost was £2,500 in both years and you intend to continue our membership.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours faithfully,

Ermine Amies

FOI, University for the Creative Arts

Dear Ermine
Your request has been passed on to the relevant person for review.
Kind regards
FOI

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Ermine Amies left an annotation ()

Internal review requested - due by 9 April.

FOI, University for the Creative Arts

Dear Ermine

Thank you for the request to conduct an internal review of your Freedom of Information request.

Having completed the review, we are satisfied that our initial disclosure was accurate.

As we have, as previously stated, not applied to the Workplace Equality Index, we do not hold the information you believe that we do as listed below:

“I do not accept that you do not hold or have access to this information electronically and/or:

- final drafts for the Workplace Employment Index

- and/or have shared the finished submission with management

- and/or have links to references, attachments or appendices or other additional information & research for the submission

- and/or staff survey results

- and/or have written feedback and and your own notes from the feedback meetings

- and/or internal records of feedback shared with managers

- and/or have policy advice on HR policies from Stonewall

- and requests for lobbying action on the GRA and other matters.”

Kind regards
FOI

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