The University's Careers Services' business expenditure

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Dear University of Essex,

Could you please provide me with the following information regarding the University’s Careers Services and its business relationships with private ltd companies?

For the academic years 2016/17 OR 2017/18:

• What was the total expenditure budget of the University’s Careers Services (excluding operational costs such as salaries)?
• How many private ltd companies did the University’s Careers Service do business with?
• Approximately how much did the University’s Careers Services spent on acquiring products and services from third-party private companies?
• How much did the University’s Careers Services spend on careers literature (booklets, leaflets, handouts, etc.) provided by Graduate Prospects ltd?

Many thanks!

Yours faithfully,

Mark McCaree

Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Mark

Thank you for your enquiry. Before I go ahead and request the information, please could you just clarify what you mean by 'do business with' in question 2. Are you looking for information about placements or are you interested in companies that we buy services from or both?

If you could come back to me to clarify this, it would be appreciated. Please note that the 20 working days allowed by the Act won't start counting down until I hear back from you.

Best wishes
Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi
Freedom of Information Team
IT Services
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ
 
T +44 (0)1206 872285
E [University of Essex request email]

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Dear Freedom Of Information Requests,

Hi Clare,

Thank you for getting back to me.

I was specifically referring to the companies from whom the University's Careers Service purchased their products or services only.

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Yours sincerely,

Mark McCaree

Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Mark

Thank you for coming back to me with that clarification. I will pass this onto colleagues in our Careers Service and we will come back to you as soon as we can and in any case within the 20 working days allowed by the Act.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please let me know.

Best wishes
Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi
Freedom of Information Team
IT Services
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ
 
T +44 (0)1206 872285
E [University of Essex request email]

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Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Mark

I am writing to apologise for the delay in sending our response to you. We hope to be able to get our response to you shortly but we will come back to you by the end of this week to update you.

Please accept our apologies for this delay and any inconvenience this may cause you.

Best wishes
Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi
Freedom of Information Team
IT Services
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ
 
T +44 (0)1206 872285
E [University of Essex request email]

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Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

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Dear Mark

 

Following your recent enquiry regarding Careers Services business
expenditure, please find our response in the attached Excel spreadsheet
and note the comments below:

 

-       The analysis takes information directly off the ledger for
2017/18, therefore this makes the assumption that all expenditure has been
correctly coded in our system for 2017/18.

-       The analysis asks for the number of LTD companies used and the
total amount of expenditure spent with these LTD companies.  This has been
taken from our system using the supplier text field picking up suppliers
with the words ‘Limited’ or ‘LTD’ in their title.  This requires the
company name being inputted correctly in order to get this information. 
In addition, if any expenditure was spent via the way of purchasing card,
then the supplier field is not input in the system, therefore there is a
potential that we could be under reporting our spend via LTD companies.

 

I hope you find this information useful but if you have any queries about
the data, please let me know.  Please accept our apologies for the delay
in sending our response to you.

 

Best wishes

Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi

Freedom of Information Team

IT Services

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester

Essex

CO4 3SQ

 

T +44 (0)1206 872285

E [1][University of Essex request email]

 

 

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