Student ID Cards.

John Clark made this Freedom of Information request to St Mary's University, Twickenham

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Waiting for an internal review by St Mary's University, Twickenham of their handling of this request.

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

In this request that has now gone for an internal review I asked:

(A) Were 679 students actually living in those rooms on the 7th April or had they previously vacated those rooms at an earlier date?

 You stated:

We are unable to provide exact numbers of how many students were living in
accommodation on 7 April. Some had vacated at an earlier date, some had
left belongings in their accommodation and had not vacated.

You also state:

598 students requested and were released from their license agreement as of 8th April 2020 due to Covid19.

For the avoidance of doubt St Mary's hold data on student ID cards of door entry use at the university.

Of these 598 students that you state were released from their license agreement as of the 8th April; can you please tell me (as a daily total) how many students swiped their student ID cards on the door entry systems at St Mary's University between the 18th March 2020 to the 8th April 2020?

I believe this data would not meet the cost limit, nor is it a fishing expedition.

There is a genuine wider public interest in the disclosure of this data, with the reason being that students were charged upto the 8th April 2020 for their accommodation at St Mary's University when there was a clear government message:

 "In the period before ‘lockdown’, which started on 23 March 2020, the government advised students to return to their out-of-term homes if possible (although only if they were able to do so without using public transport)" 

Source: OfS

And the interim vice chairman reaffirmed on the 24th March 2020 via a YouTube broadcast:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement last night, about the need for all but key workers to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19, will have a profound impact on St Mary’s for the coming weeks. In the light of this, we will be moving all non-essential services online … Put simply, we want to protect our students and staff from Covid-19 and limit risks to health on campus. For those students currently remaining in University accommodation, Public Health England have advised us that you should go home, if you can safely do so"

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'Student ID Cards.'.

You have ignored my FOI request and Internal review - this is not acceptable from a public body.

I have reported this to the ICO again, can you please answer this as a matter of urgency?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

John Clark