Student and staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning

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Dear Anglia Ruskin University,

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please can you provide information pertaining to any data analytics software used by the university using personal data about your students and staff, since 2012.

1a). Whether you are using any data analytics software at all:
1b) if so, which ones?
1c) what date this data analytics processing began?
1d) indicate whether in the past and ended, or still in current use

2a). Any predictive analytics software such as used in but not only, Blackboard, Xray and JISC supported Civitas.
2b) if so, which ones?
2c) what date this analytics processing began for predictive purposes?

3. If the answer to Q1a or Q2a is yes, please provide a copy of any contract terms on using the data by the provider company including
a) the data items feedling analytics, any profiling, and/or used in prediction
b) what the prediction purposes / aims are
c) training the software (such as AI and machine learning) by the provider using the data provided via your organisation.

4. Whether the University is using its own student or staff population data for machine learning for purposes not included in 1-3 above? (ie but not only, within the university computing department for any project or with another third-party)

5. From which time periods were the student or staff data collected which are processed in any of the above (ie not only, retrospective student data from the last ten years / only current intake which began in autumn term 2018)?

6. How many people/user accounts have access to the whole population student data in any of the above in this calendar year?

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

foi, Anglia Ruskin University

Dear Jen,

Thank you for your email. Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
 
Under the Act, the department is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information by 24th December.
 
The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information.  Some of these are qualified exemptions which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information.  In these circumstances we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

Should we require further clarification of your request to enable us to respond we will be in touch again shortly.      

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting ref: FOI 1587 in all future correspondence.

Kind regards,

Helen

Helen Guy
Information Compliance Officer
(Working days: Tuesday to Thursday)

Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ
| T: +44 (0) 1245 68 4234
| W: www.anglia.ac.uk

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foi, Anglia Ruskin University

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Dear Jen Persson,

Please accept my apologies for the delay.

Attached is our response to your request.

Kind regards,

Helen

Helen Guy
Information Compliance Officer
(Working days: Tuesday to Thursday)

Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ
| T: +44 (0) 1245 68 4234
| W: www.anglia.ac.uk

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