Dear University College London,
All the questions in the Freedom of Information request below relate to the period 12 September 2001 – 31 January 2015
My queries relate to all sources of funding either by donation or research grants from nationals or organisations based in the following countries: Bahrain;United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia; Jordan; Egypt; Iraq; Iran; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Syria; Turkey; Israel; Palestine and Yemen.
For each question, if possible, please respond with a breakdown for each country, year by year.
1) What is the total of donations made by nationals of the above list of countries?
2) What is the total of donations made by non-governmental organisations?
3) What is the total of donations made by governmental organisations?
4) What is the total donation made to courses (postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate) with significant Oriental Studies/Islamic (Arabic) Studies/Jewish (Hebrew) Studies elements
5) What is the total of funds received for conducting research and (where possible) for what subject area, Department, School etc?
6) How many research and teaching positions are funded, in part or solely by respective governmental, non-governmental or nationals of the above list? What is the breakdown in terms of department, subject area, school etc?
7) How many offers of donation have been rejected?
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on 24 February. Please accept our apologies for the fact that we were not
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Please find attached information relevant to your request. The information
we hold relating to questions 1-4 and 7 can be found in attachment 1 and
the information relevant to questions 5 and 6 is in the second attachment.
You may wish to note that:
1. The list in attachment 1 may not include all philanthropic payments to
UCL, only those known to Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO),
donations may also come straight into UCL departments via the finance
system and are recorded locally in which this case this information may
not be held centrally. In order to determine whether or not this is the
case we would need to check with each UCL academic department and we are
unable to provide this information. The number of individual academic
staff across UCL is considerable and we have estimated that it would cost
University College London more than £450 to comply with your request.
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In estimating whether complying with the request would exceed the
appropriate limit, and in accordance with Regulation 4 (3) of the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004, we have taken into account the costs we would reasonably
expect to incur in:
• determining whether the University holds the information;
• locating the information, or a document/s containing it;
• retrieving the information, or a document/s containing it;
• extracting the information from a document/s containing it;
• Collating the information.
We have calculated that the cost of complying with your request would be
in excess of the appropriate limit. Consequently, we are not obliged by
the Freedom of Information Act to comply with this element of your
request. This response acts as a refusal notice under section 17(1) of the
Act for this element of your request.
2. DARO does not hold information on donor nationalities. This document
includes donations from people and organisations that have their primary
address in the requested list of countries, or we know from the Student
Information System (SITS) that the Alumni country of domicile is in the
3. DARO only stores ‘donor intention’ & many donations are to be used for
“general purposes”. These monies may later be used to fund research or
posts by a department. DARO does not track this.
4. Our response to question 6 indicates the salary element where
applicable in the award data as this is the only information available to
the Research Services team. Once again to establish the exact number of
research and teaching posts specifically funded by funds from the
countries you have requested would require us to check with each academic
department. This would be a significant task and would in addition to the
work required to carry out the task referred to above would exceed the
5. We don’t store subject area specifically so we have provided department
names, project titles and sponsor names to identify relevant projects.
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