Internship scheme: placements to 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA

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Dear School of Oriental and African Studies,
About your internship scheme: https://www.soas.ac.uk/careers/internshi...

Please provide a list of internships arranged or sponsored at the postcode E1 6LA for a cluster of employers with names like Ethical Fashion Forum, Pants to Poverty, Ethical Fashion Bloggers, Forum For the Future, Futerra, Anti Apathy, Pi Foundation, Worn Again, and Otesha Project.

The reason for asking is to find unusual internships that were paid for longer than the usual amount of time, or sponsored more than the usual amount per hour, or sponsored for people who already had work experience like masters degree students. If you imagine yourself a SOAS student denied sponsored places because they have run out, you will guess what I mean. So please provide the information in a format that allows this unusual funding to be found, such as a list of internships, periods of time paid for, amount paid per hour, and whether the intern had unusual qualifications like a masters degree. I don't mind whether or not you quote the name of the intern.

The relevant dates are till
1st of April 2016, when these groups left the building, from
1st of April 2006, when the building opened.

Thanks for help and please get in touch if I can adapt the request to suit the information you have to hand.
regards

John Robertson

Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

Dear John Robertson,

Thank you for your request for information which has been received by
SOAS.

We will provide you with the School’s response as soon as possible and
within 20 working days of the date of your request.

Yours sincerely,

Olenka Cogias

Records Manager and Archivist

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Governance and Compliance Directorate
SOAS, University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Dear Olenka Cogias and others who answer Freedom of Information requests at SOAS,
I hope for a reply by the legal deadline, tomorrow 29th of June.
I'm happy to re-phrase the request if there is some difficulty matching the request to records - just let me know.
I'm happy to ask for an internal review if that's necessary to make the process work.
I hope the public interest makes sense.
Good luck with your work
John Robertson

Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

FOI2018/116

 

Dear John Robertson,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request of 4^th June 2018. I
have reproduced your questions below together with SOAS’s response.

Please provide a list of internships arranged or sponsored at the postcode
E1 6LA for a cluster of employers with names like Ethical Fashion Forum,
Pants to Poverty, Ethical Fashion Bloggers, Forum for the Future,
Futerra, Anti Apathy, Pi Foundation, Worn Again, and Otesha Project.
The relevant dates are till
1st of April 2016, when these groups left the building, from
1st of April 2006, when the building opened.

Our response

The internships that we arrange centrally at SOAS and/or sponsor are
either microplacements, which are 2 week placements paid at London Living
Wage, or longer-term Santander Internship funded ones and we haven't
liaised with ethical fashion brands in that postcode for these. Please
note that our systems only allow us to go back as far as the Academic Year
2014-15. 

 

Your right to appeal
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you are not, you may request an internal review, by writing to me at the
following address:

 

Information Compliance Manager

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

 

Email: [1][SOAS request email]

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

David Ogden

Information Compliance Manager

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Governance and Compliance Directorate

SOAS, University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Dear Information Compliance Manager,
Thank you for checking back to 2014.
I do see one record of a year's paid Santander internship on the SOAS web site.
http://archive.is/vEma9
http://archive.is/1CjVt
There are various other quotes online which make it sound a very un-typical internship and more of an attempt to persuade the public of a cause that central government was keen to support at the time, by persuading contacts to offer favors.

To save starting a new freedom of information request, can you tell me if it is usual or typical to provide long internships to people who already have a lot of work experience?
regards
John Robertson

PS I think this is broadly part of my first request, part of which is repeated below.

"The reason for asking is to find unusual internships that were paid for longer than the usual amount of time, or sponsored more than the usual amount per hour, or sponsored for people who already had work experience like masters degree students. If you imagine yourself a SOAS student denied sponsored places because they have run out, you will guess what I mean. So please provide the information in a format that allows this unusual funding to be found, such as a list of internships, periods of time paid for, amount paid per hour, and whether the intern had unusual qualifications like a masters degree. I don't mind whether or not you quote the name of the intern."

Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

Dear John Robertson,
We hold no information about the internship at Pants for Poverty.
Following GDPR, the Service has had a data cleanse and we do not hold any
information further back than the last 3 years. 
To answer your specific question, internships we advertise at SOAS are on
average between 3-6 months. The recruitment, shortlisting and selection
process is handled externally by the organisation looking for an intern,
and so we are not in a position to comment on whether extensive work
experience has an effect.
I hope this answers your enquiries.
Kind regards,

Olenka Cogias

Records Manager and Archivist

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Governance and Compliance Directorate
SOAS, University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
[1][email address]   [2]http://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp

The world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the
Middle East

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Dear Olenka Cogias,
Thank you!
John Robertson

John Robertson left an annotation ()

Anyone interested in this might want to see
http://pantstopoverty.org.uk - a site about the former Pants to Poverty organisation which, like Ethical Fashion Forum in the same office, had a habit of attracting unexplained favors from government-funded organisations such as exhibitions of products a the V&A, or a sudden contract to run a training programme for Business Link despite not having even an ebay account, or a sudden contract to run an online course for Creative Skillset called "sorry - this course will not run again", or, previously "how to build a sustainable fashion business". Each of these contracts was delivered once, with a fanfare of implausible claims like "industry body for ethical fashion" and implausible gaps in knowledge, like a lack of interest in India not having a welfare state. The conclusion I draw is that government insiders talk these bodies into doing favors for a favorite organisation, even if it isn't any good. At the moment there is a page on http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/bond.html which lists some detail about favors given to Pants to Poverty.

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