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Adam Finkel-Gates

Dear University of Edinburgh,

Can I request a copy of the most recent exam paper you can release for the following modules:
ACCOUNTANCY 2A (ACCN08009), and
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (ACCN10008)

Yours faithfully,

Adam Finkel-Gates

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

We would like to acknowledge that we have received your email. The
University’s working arrangements are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak
but we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

 

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aware that in some cases unfortunately we will not be able to respond
within statutory timescales. The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner’s
Office and the [2]Information Commissioner’s Office have both issued
statements about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find
helpful.

Please note that if you have only provided your first (or given) name in
the body of your email your request will not be valid.  To ensure your
request is valid and that the University is obliged to answer it, you must
provide your real name.  If you are making the request on behalf of
someone else you must provide their real name.  The Office of
the [3]Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on this point explains
that if you do not provide your real name or the name of the person on
whose behalf you are making the request, you will lose your right to
appeal to the Commissioner should you be unhappy with the handling of your
request. The guidance also explains what constitutes a real name for the
purposes of making a request valid. Please refer to the guidance for
further details.

 

[4]The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

 

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Adam Finkel-Gates

Thank you for your email of the 7th July requesting information.

As explained in our acknowledgement message, the University's working
arrangements are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, I am
currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to
your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed
and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request,
you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review
of the reasons for the delay. The [2]Scottish Information Commissioner's
guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their
website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the
Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the
original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and
including an address for correspondence. When the review process is
complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner's guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal
to the Commissioner.

The [3]University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Mark Hepworth

Records Management

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

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Dear Adam Finkel-Gates

Thank you for your email of 7 July requesting information. Please find the
University's response attached.

Yours sincerely

Mark Hepworth

Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your reply, can you confirm that the university is unable to release the exam paper from the 2020/21 exam diet?

Yours sincerely,

Adam Finkel-Gates

recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Adam Finkel-Gates

Thank you for your email of 2 September requesting information.You will
receive a further notification once a case officer begins processing your
request.

Information requests (freedom of information requests, environmental
information requests, data subject rights requests)

The University's working arrangements are affected by the Covid-19
pandemic. While we will make all efforts to respond to requests promptly,
please be aware that in some cases unfortunately we will not be able to
respond within statutory timescales. The [1]Scottish Information
Commissioner's Office and the [2]Information Commissioner's Office have
both issued a statement about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which
you may find helpful.

The [3]University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Mark Hepworth

Records Management

References

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2. https://ico.org.uk/
3. https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management/...

recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

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Dear Adam Finkel-Gates

Thank you for your email of 2 September requesting information. Please
find the University's response attached.

Yours sincerely

Mark Hepworth

Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your communication dated 21 September.

There are currently two live FOI requests.

The first titled Past Exam Papers, and a second titled Past Exam Papers - Verbs.

The clarification request in your communication dated 21 September relates to the latter, however it has been asked in connection to the former - at least that is how it has appeared on whatdotheyknow.

In connection to the latter and the clarification request, I replied to the university on 23 September. I received an acknowledgment on 24 September informing me of receipt of my request of an internal review.

With regards to the former request, on the 2 September I did ask "can you confirm that the university is unable to release the exam paper from the 2020/21 exam diet?".

Yours sincerely,

Adam Finkel-Gates

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

We would like to acknowledge that we have received your email. The
University’s working arrangements have been affected by the Coronavirus
outbreak but we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

 

Information requests (freedom of information requests, environmental
information requests, data subject rights requests)

While we will make all efforts to respond to requests promptly, please be
aware that in some cases unfortunately we will not be able to respond
within statutory timescales.

Please note that if you have only provided your first (or given) name in
the body of your email your request will not be valid.  To ensure your
request is valid and that the University is obliged to answer it, you must
provide your real name.  If you are making the request on behalf of
someone else you must provide their real name.  The Office of
the [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on this point explains
that if you do not provide your real name or the name of the person on
whose behalf you are making the request, you will lose your right to
appeal to the Commissioner should you be unhappy with the handling of your
request. The guidance also explains what constitutes a real name for the
purposes of making a request valid. Please refer to the guidance for
further details.

 

[2]The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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Adam Finkel-Gates

Dear University of Edinburgh,

Further to the acknowledgment dated 29 September.

I request a late appeal to this application. I had approached the ICO, but they advised that the university's approach had complicated the issuse. As each applciation should be considered and dealt with seperately, something with the univeristy has not done here, they have advised me to request a late appeal to this application.

The application is based on the public interest test, I do not beleive the univeristy has accurately considered the interest. I also refer you to EA/2009/0034 where the tribunal disagreed with the points you have raised to date and required the disclosure of the information.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Finkel-Gates

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

We would like to acknowledge that we have received your email.

  

Information requests (freedom of information requests, environmental
information requests, data subject rights requests)

We will make all efforts to respond to requests promptly, and within
statutory timescales.

Please note that if you have only provided your first (or given) name in
the body of your email your request will not be valid.  To ensure your
request is valid and that the University is obliged to answer it, you must
provide your real name.  If you are making the request on behalf of
someone else you must provide their real name.  The Office of
the [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on this point explains
that if you do not provide your real name or the name of the person on
whose behalf you are making the request, you will lose your right to
appeal to the Commissioner should you be unhappy with the handling of your
request. The guidance also explains what constitutes a real name for the
purposes of making a request valid. Please refer to the guidance for
further details.

 

[2]The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

References

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2. https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management/...

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

Dear Adam Finkel-Gates
 
Thank you for your email of 25 January 2022 asking if the University would
accept a late internal review request.
 
Summary of your information requests
In 2021, the University responded to four requests from you for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
as follows:
 
1.      Our Reference: FOI2021/00375
On 7 July, you asked for the most recent exam paper we could release for
two named courses. On 23 August, we responded that the requested
information was not held as exam papers are likely to be reused and we do
not record when exam papers become obsolete.
 
2.      Our reference: FOI2021/00478
On 2 September, you asked us to confirm that the University was unable to
release the exam papers from 2020/21. As you had not asked for the 2020/21
exam papers in your previous request, we viewed this as a new request. On
21 September, we responded that the University held the information
requested but we were withholding it under the exemptions in sections
30(c) (effective conduct of public affairs) and 33(1)(b) (commercial
interests).
 
3.      Our reference: FOI2021/00475
On 3 September, you asked for redacted copies of the 2020/21 exam papers
showing only the verbs in the questions. On 21 September, we responded
that the information was not held as to provide it would require the
creation of new information.  On 23 September, you asked for an internal
review on the handling of this request. On 7 October, we responded to the
internal review request confirming that the information was not held.
 
4.      Our reference FOI2021/00489
On 16 September, you asked for the number of marks allocated to each
question in the 2020/21 exam papers. Specifically you said, “Further to my
request for a redacted copy, I would also need to see the number of marks
allocated to a question”. As you had not asked for the marks in your
previous request, we viewed this as a new request. However, as you were
linking your request for verbs with your request for marks, on 21
September we asked you to clarify if you still wanted us to process the
request for marks given that we did not hold the verbs.
 
In your email of 23 September making an internal review request relating
to FOI2021/00475 above, you also stated, “My apologies, the request is for
both the verbs and the marks”. We viewed this as clarification that you
did still want us to process your request for marks. On 12 October, we
responded that the University held the information requested but we were
withholding it under the exemptions in sections 30(c) (effective conduct
of public affairs) and 33(1)(b) (commercial interests).
 
Late review request
All our responses to your requests included our ‘Right to review’
paragraph which states:
 
“If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to
conduct a review of this decision by contacting the University's Records
Management Section in writing (e.g. by letter or email) or in some other
recorded form (e.g. audio or video tape). You should describe the original
request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address
for correspondence. You have 40 working days from receipt of this letter
to submit a review request. The contact details for the Records Management
Section are at the top of this letter. When the review process has been
completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner's guidance on making an appeal. If you do not
have access to the Internet, please let me know and I will provide a copy
of the relevant web pages."
 
Unfortunately, the University cannot accept a late internal review request
for any of the three requests for which we have not already undertaken an
internal review.
 
Although we note that the email address you have used in your latest
correspondence is the same as was used to request the 2020/21 exam papers
(Our reference: FOI2021/00478), you have not specified which request(s)
you are seeking an internal review on or what your grounds are for seeking
an internal review. For your future reference, where an exemption has been
applied, a requester should state that they disagree with the application
of the specific exemption. They may then go on to comment on the public
interest test if they wish.
 
Privacy notice for information request applicants
[1]The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Ann-Marie Noble
Information Compliance Manager
Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL
 
[2]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management
 
Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, all staff in the Records
Management Section are working from home.  Please use email to contact
us.  Our University telephones are not in use.

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