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Please provide the following information in regards to services and procurement

Catherine Shaw made this Freedom of Information request to University of Bolton

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Dear University of Bolton,

Please state

• How RSM gained the contract for the marketing services for the University of Bolton? Please state the procurement process and the cost of the contract to the University of Bolton.
• How much have the UoB paid Mediaheadz (marketing company) for contracts awarded and what was the procurement process for this work.
• Regarding Genix - Smile Dentistry - who have installed a dental laboratory in Queen's Building, University of Bolton, what is the financial benefit to the university?
• Please confirm that Ian Savage, ex-editor of the Bolton News and who received an Honorary Doctorate, is now on the pay roll of the University and/or how much he has been paid to-date for his services
• How much Dr. Chris Ball (who received an Honorary Doctorate from the University) has been paid for his services as a 'strategic advisor'.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Shaw

UoB FOI, University of Bolton

FOIA894 290818

Dear Ms Shaw,

Thank you for your email.

We confirm receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 dated 29 August 2018.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
The University of Bolton

The University of Bolton

Deane Road

Bolton

BL3 5AB

Tel: +44 1204 900600

Fax: +44 1204 903088

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UoB FOI, University of Bolton

FOIA894 290818

Dear Ms Shaw,

Thank you for your enquiry requesting information under Section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). Please find below the University’s response.

1. Genix installed, at its cost, its own equipment in the dental laboratory in Queen’s Building. The collaboration with Genix offers University of Bolton students a unique opportunity that will significantly improve student employability as part of the University and government strategic plan to achieve growth by delivering the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the workforce of the future by maximising collaboration with industrial partners.

This is of particular significance to the University because of our business facing ethos, emphasis on work-based learning and employer partnerships. The arrangement provides a great opportunity for the University to strengthen its industry links, enhance student learning and significantly improve student employability. The collaboration with Genix brings value to the University by providing student teaching and placement opportunities to those University students undertaking its dental programmes.

2. The University can confirm that Mr Ian Savage and Dr Chris Ball are not employees of the University. The University confirms that any information held may not be disclosed as it considers the information requested to be the personal data of those individuals concerned and/or commercially confidential.

The University hereby issues this refusal notice in relation to that information considered to be personal data and/or commercially confidential under section 17 of the Act with the application of sections 40(2) and 43(2) of the Act.

Section 40(2) by virtue of Section 40(3)(a)(i) applies.

Section 40(2) provides that:

“Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if-

(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and

(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.”

Section 40(3) provides that –

“The first condition is-

(a) in a case where the information falls within the definition of "personal data" in section 3(2) of the Data Protection Act 2018, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene-
(i) any of the data protection principles, or
(ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and

(b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 24 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.”

The information requested is deemed to constitute personal data of third parties and that processing the information would breach the first data protection principle, which states that personal data shall be processed ‘fairly and lawfully....' and the second principle, which states processing personal data shall only be for ‘a specified, explicit and legitimate purpose..'.

The University considers that it is not within the expectation of those individuals concerned that their personal information be processed in this manner.

Section 43(2) provides that the release of the information held is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person. (A person may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity). The exemption may be relied on if disclosure would prejudice a third party’s commercial interest (including the University’s own).

3. With regards to RSM and Mediaheadz providing marketing services, the University has carefully considered your request and confirms that the information is held. However, the University is withholding disclosure of the information as it is considered to be commercially confidential and that an exemption under Commercial Interests, Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies.

Information is exempt if release of the information would, or would likely prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it). As previously stated, the exemption may be relied on if disclosure would prejudice a third party’s commercial interest (including the University’s own).

The commercial interest of a person or organisation may be prejudiced where disclosure is likely to:

· Have a detrimental impact on its commercial revenue or threaten its ability to obtain supplies or secure finance.

· Weaken its position in a competitive environment by revealing market sensitive information or information of potential usefulness to its competitors.

· Damage its business reputation or the confidence that customers, suppliers or investors may have in it.

The University considers that the public interest in the information is outweighed by the exemption under Section 43(2) as the arrangement is commercially sensitive and if released could be damaging to the interests of both.

The University does recognise the following in favour of disclosing the information:

· Interest in allowing the public to scrutinise how University funds are spent and ensuring that the University is getting value for money.

· Public confidence in the proper administration of University business being served by increasing openness and transparency.

· Importance of accountability and proper scrutiny of the University’s actions and decisions.

The University considers that in this instance the above factors are outweighed by the following:

· A strong public interest in not prejudicing the bargaining position of the University.

· The disclosure of information would prejudice the commercial interests of third parties.

· The release of information would prejudice and adversely affect the University’s commercial relationship with the third parties concerned. It is considered that disclosure would threaten the confidence that third parties have in the University to respect the confidentiality of sensitive commercial information and consequently undermine the ability of the University to achieve the most cost effective and competitive price available.

Having considered the public interest, the University feels that on balance the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the factors stated above and the maintenance of confidentiality.

Furthermore, to disclose the information would constitute an actionable breach of confidence. A duty of confidence in relation to the third parties is provided under legally binding agreements. To disclose the information requested would constitute an actionable breach of confidence as there is an explicit and implied obligation of confidentiality in relation to the arrangements.

On this basis the University concludes that in this instance the information is withheld.

We trust this addresses your enquiry.

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Yours sincerely,
The University of Bolton

The University of Bolton

Deane Road

Bolton

BL3 5AB

Tel: +44 1204 900600

Fax: +44 1204 903088

Email: [University of Bolton request email]<mailto:[University of Bolton request email]>

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