Maciej Wójtowicz

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriation of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK museums and in university research collections. To assist with this could you please let me have the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. All of these questions relate to human remains that are under 1,000 years of age. If your organisation is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act please consider supporting this research anyway and providing the information voluntarily. A link to the research will be provided to all contributers when it is published:

1. How many non-European human remains do you have in your collection? If you do not have the exact number, then please provide an approximation based on your normal method of counting.

2. How many requests for the repatriation of non-European human remains did you receive from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe prior to the Human Tissue Act 2004 coming into force? Of these how many were approved?

3. How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

4. Of these requests, how many were:
a. Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being returned to the communities/individuals in question.
b. Approved in part with some of the requested remains being returned.
c. Not approved.
d. Still awaiting a decision.

5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

6. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this important research project.

Yours faithfully

Maciej Wójtowicz

Kingston University, FOI, Kingston University

Dear Maciej,

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston University. Your request was received on 07/12/18 and is now being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to information being supplied. If a charge is applicable in this case I will contact you to request payment before proceeding further. Details of the University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of Information Policy, available at the link below:

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than 09/01/19 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Kind regards,

Lyn

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Lyn Porteous
Resources and Compliance Team
Library and Learning Services
Kingston University

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Kingston University, FOI, Kingston University

Dear Maciej

Further to your recent request for information, the University’s response
follows.

1.            How many non-European human remains do you have in your
collection? If you do not have the exact number, then please provide an
approximation based on your normal method of counting.

                0

 

2.            How many requests for the repatriation of non-European human
remains did you receive from communities, individuals or institutions
outside of Europe prior to the Human Tissue Act 2004 coming into force? Of
these how many were approved?

                n/a

 

3.            How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have
you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe
since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

                n/a

 

4.            Of these requests, how many were:

a.            Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being
returned to the communities/individuals in question.

b.            Approved in part with some of the requested remains being
returned.

c.             Not approved.

d.            Still awaiting a decision.

                n/a

 

5.            For those requests which were not approved please provide a
copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

                n/a

 

6. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated
in:

a. Canada

b. New Zealand

c. Australia

0

This completes the University’s response to your information request. If
you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our
decision please contact:

Director of VCO and DPO, email : [1][email address] or
by post:  Kingston University, 10 Crescent House, Grove Crescent, Penrhyn
Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE.

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your complaint
you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Kingston
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

I hope that you now have the information you require.

 

Cathy

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Cathy Murr

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

 

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