Dear University of Edinburgh,

1. How many additional laboratory spaces were provided by the university in response to the pandemic? (for example how many spaces for student lab work were provided?)
2. What attempts were made to provide temporary lab spaces throughout the pandemic, e.g. Portakabin labs?
3. How much was spent on providing additional lab space throughout the pandemic?
4. What university-wide efforts were made to commandeer any unused/wasted lab spaces?
5. What attempts were made to use fully equipped, unused teaching laboratories as research labs?
6. Were MSc recruitment numbers reduced to ensure that existing research students have adequate space? Please also provide MSc recruitment statistics for the past 3 years, and estimates for the current year.
7. What consultation with research students/staff was undertaken to ensure that their needs for lab space were being adequately met throughout the pandemic?

Yours faithfully,
Jonathan Dennis

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Jonathan Dennis

Thank you for your email of 25 May requesting a review of our response to
your information request about the provision of additional lab space due
to the pandemic.

I am writing to let you know that we have received your request for a
review and will process it as soon as reasonably possible, and within 20
working days of the day we received the request for review. We hope to
reply by 23rd June.

As we have advised previously, the University's working arrangements are
affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and there is a possibility that there
may be a further delay 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.

The [2]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,

Dear Jonathan Dennis

Thank you for your email of 26 March requesting information about the
provision of additional lab space due to the pandemic.

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.

The University has also received your request for review which I emailed
you to confirm today.

The [2]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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