The University's Careers Services' business expenditure

Mark McCaree made this Freedom of Information request to Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

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,, Heriot-Watt University

Dear applicant


Firstly I should like to apologise for the delay in responding to your
request dated the 3rd October 2018 regarding the careers service.  We have
been experiencing a high volume of cases which has caused the delay,  We
hope this has not inconvenienced you.


In response to your first question, the amount spent at our Scottish
campuses was approximately £44k in the last academic year.


In response to your remaining 3 questions, Careers Services forms part of
a larger Professional Services group: Academic Registry and at present the
costs are not broken down to the functional level you are requesting. The
information is exempt from release under Section 17: information not held.


Once again, apologies for the delay.  If we can provide any further
assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting us via [1][Heriot-Watt University request email]


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