Senior management salaries

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Dear University of East London,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
I would like to know the yearly salary of the pro vice chancellor/s and how much that has increased since 2012, year-to-year.
I would be interested in any information held by your organization regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify files or documents and that it is the institution’s responsibility to provide the information I require. If you need further clarification, please contact me by email.
I would like to receive the information electronically.
If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify this by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees.
I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing/by email that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as outlined by the statute.

Yours faithfully,

David Roberts

Freedom Info, University of East London

Dear Mr Roberts,

We acknowledge receipt of your inquiry sent on 21st April 2018, which is
receiving attention.

Yours sincerely,

[1][University of East London request email]
University of East London
4-6 University Way
London
E16 2RD

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Freedom Info, University of East London

Link: [1]File-List

Dear David,

We refer to your inquiry dated 21^st April 2018 and set out below our
response to your inquiry.

Yours sincerely,

[2][University of East London request email]

University of East London

4-6 University Way

London

E16 2RD

 

Response

 

The information that you have asked for is personal data as defined by the
Data Protection Act 1998 and is explicitly protected from disclosure under
Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Freedom of
Information Act 2000 deals with the public’s right to obtain information
of a non-personal nature, which can safely be released into the public
domain without risk of causing harm or distress to any named individual,
whether that be yourself or any named third party.

We do compile and keep information that would enable us to provide a
detailed response to your question. However, where we are processing
personal data in order to provide statistical information, even though the
resultant data may be in an anonymised format, we are still required to
exercise a statutory duty to consider whether such anonymised data, if
released into the public domain, could carry with it the risk of
identification.

In exercising such duty, we have to consider the risk of identification in
its very broadest context, considering not only the risk of identification
by members of the general public, but also the risk of identification by
members of our own staff, or students (the Freedom of Information Act
operates on the assumption that information once released, albeit in
response to an inquiry from a named individual, is ‘public information’
and thus may be freely disseminated without restriction).

 

We also have to consider the risk that disclosure and possible
identification may be a cause of distress to the individual whose data has
been disclosed.

 

Having reviewed the data that we hold we are satisfied that if we place it
in the public domain, disclosure would carry with the risk of
identification, especially by members of our University’s staff, or
students. We are satisfied that disclosure and the consequent risk of
identification also carries with it a significant risk of an individual,
or individuals being caused distress.

 

In the circumstances, we claim an exemption under Section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, set out below. We disclose some of the
data in an anonymised form in our Financial Statements, which can be found
on our website:
[3]https://www.uel.ac.uk/discover/professio...

 

Personal data: Extract from the Freedom of Information Act 2000

40        Personal information

 

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) 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.

(3) The first condition is—

(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of “data” in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act
1998, 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 33A (1) of the
Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public
authorities) were disregarded.

(4) The second condition is that by virtue of any provision of Part IV of
the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section
7(1)(c) of that Act (data subject’s right of access to personal data).

(5) The duty to confirm or deny—

(a) does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held
by the public authority

would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1), and

(b) does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent
that either—

(i) the giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial
that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1) (a) would (apart
from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section
10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in
section 33A (1) of that Act were disregarded, or

(ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998
the information is exempt from section 7(1) (a) of that Act (data
subject’s right to be informed whether personal data being processed).

(6) In determining for the purposes of this section whether anything done
before 24th October 2007 would contravene any of the data protection
principles, the exemptions in Part III of Schedule 8 to the Data
Protection Act 1998 shall be disregarded.

(7) In this section—

o “the data protection principle” means the principles set out in Part I
of Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998, as read subject to Part
II of that Schedule and section 27(1) of that Act;
o “data subject” has the same meaning as in section 1(1) of that Act;
o “personal data” has the same meaning as in section 1(1) of that Act.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the University of East London has
handled your request for information, you can request a review of this
decision by writing to:

Deputy University Secretary

University of East London

4-6 University Way

London

E16 2RD

E-mail [4][University of East London request email]

 

If the review does not address your concerns, you can exercise a right of
appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

Website: [5]www.ico.gov.uk

 

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