Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Please could you provide me with the following information about student placements.

Any policies/guidance the UHI has regarding student placements . The latest and previous versions if they have changed in the last 5 years. This may be information for students, staff or placement providers.

Please could you list all the undergraduate courses in the Applied Life Studies subject network which have a placement as part of the course.

Please could you give me the names/roles of the managers who are responsible for the implementation of placement policies at the UHI and within the various colleges which make up the UHI.

Please could you provide me with the names/roles of the managers/tutors responsible for students on placement for each of the different courses in the Applied Life Studies Subject Network which include a placement.

Please could you provide me with the documentation that is used for the approval and monitoring of student placements, including any contracts/learning agreements/risk assessments/insurance responsibilities/ reporting of progress/reporting of problems/feedback etc. used.

Please could you provide me with any approval, monitoring /evaluation reports, and annual reviews for the last 5 years regarding student placements in the Applies Life Studies subject network.

Please could you provide me with a list of current placement providers for courses in the Applied Life Studies Network. This should include at a minimum their name and location, type of business/organisation, type of placement activity taking place, the course that the placement forms part of, the college the student is attending, the duration of the placement and the name/role of the manager responsible for the student at the placement location.

Please could you provide me with a list of placement providers that have been used in the last 5 years and include the same information as described above for current placement providers.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

S A Smith

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

Regarding my previous request. Please provide information on courses that are current as well as ones from the last 5 years which may no longer be running for whatever reason.

Yours faithfully,

S A Smith

FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

Dear S A Smith,

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

Thank you for your enquiry, which has been logged and passed to the relevant department within the University for processing. Please quote reference number FOI 044 should you need to contact the University regarding this request.

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If you have any questions regarding your request for information then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: +44 (0) 1847 889380

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FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Dear S A Smith,

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

I refer to your request for information received on the 25th May 2020, relating to student placements - request number FOI 044. Please find our response in the attached Word document.

Please note that the University of the Highlands and Islands operates as a collegiate federal partnership comprising of thirteen independent further and higher education colleges, specialist colleges and research institutions. A list of contact details for our partner organisations is available at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/campuses and further information about the University is available online at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en

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Yours sincerely,

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: +44 (0) 1847 889380
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Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of the Highlands and Islands's handling of my FOI request 'Information regarding student placements'.

I have not received any of the documents noted in your response. Maybe you have forgotten to attach them?

Q; Please could you provide me with the documentation that is used for the approval and monitoring of student placements, including any contracts/learning agreements/risk assessments/insurance responsibilities/ reporting of progress/reporting of problems/feedback etc. used.
A: Please see policy and guidance provided above.

These documents are not provided within the guide you provided at https://staffresources.uhi.ac.uk/SPT/pdf...

The guide refers to Monitoring, recording and reporting processes and I was looking for documentation which supports this, perhaps blank proformas?

Q Please could you provide me with any approval, monitoring /evaluation reports, and annual reviews for the last 5 years regarding student placements in the Applies Life Studies subject network.
A: There are no monitoring or evaluation reports specific to placements. However, Programme and Subject Network Self Evaluation Documents are submitted annually, and every 5 years the SN has a QAA review, which may include reference to placements if there was an issue.

In the guide you provided at https://staffresources.uhi.ac.uk/SPT/pdf...
it specifically states:
"Monitoring should be summarised in a report and be submitted annually to QAEC. This should include the following information:
1. Student numbers and achievement (if applicable);
2. Feedback from all stakeholders;
3. Reflection on any changes introduced in placement management, together with comments on any proposed changes to improve placement activity in future years; and
4. Any other comments, including key points summarising any aspects of good practice in placement activity that were considered to be particularly effective"

It is these reports I am looking for (with personal student information redacted as necessary). If these reports are as I think you implied included within other reports which you meant to attach, please provide them. Please note I asked for these reports for the last 5 years, not only 18/19.

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,

S A Smith

FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Dear S A Smith,

Further to your email received on the 4th June, please find our response to your questions in the attached documents.

Kind regards,
Christine

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: +44 (0) 1847 889380

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for this.

You still have not attached the files referred to in your original response:
"Student Handbooks: BSc Oral Health Science, HNC Childhood Practice, HNC Social Services
Employer Guide attached."

Yours sincerely,

S A Smith

FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Dear S A Smith,

Apologies for this oversight. Please find attached the handbooks as requested.

Kind regards
Christine

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: +44 (0) 1847 889380

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