UCL and Arms Companies

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Dear University College London,

This FOI request follows on from a previous request I made this year (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...) in which I requested information concerning UCL's financial links with a list of companies connected to the arms trade.

Since you did not recognise the category 'arms trade companies', your response included information only about the companies listed in my request. I am now requesting the same information for the following list of companies which were not on that list, including: Aeroflex Ltd, Airbus Defence, Airbus Group Ltd, Airbus OP Ltd, BAE Marin Ltd, BAE Surface Ships, BMT Defence Ltd, Boeing, General Electric Co, Halliburton Energy, Halliburton Man, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell Ctrl, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Qinetiq, Thales UK Ltd.

Please include all of the information you were able to provide from the last request, including:

1) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in research funding from the listed companies since 2018.

2) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial
research fees from the listed companies since 2018.

3) Confirm if any shares are held in the above companies
as part of a pension fund or endowment, either directly or
indirectly through an externally managed fund since 2018.

4) Please also include the financial amount of university fees being covered by the listed companies for graduate degrees and 'studentships'.

Yours faithfully,

N Gordon-P

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Dear University College London,

Dear University College London,

Since it has now been well over 6 weeks since I sent the request, I am sending this follow-up to confirm that the above FOI request regarding the university's links with arms companies is being processed.

Yours faithfully,

N Gordon-P

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear N Gordon-P,

We are processing your below FOI request and are aiming to respond to your request by Wednesday 18th August.

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear N Gordon-P,

We are currently working on our response to your request. I will in touch as soon as it is ready.

I apologise for the continued delay.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services
E: [email address]; Data Protection: [email address]; FOI: [UCL request email].
Office phone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal extension: 57862); Mobile: +44 (0)7525285822

Working hours: Please note that my current working hours are Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.

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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear N Gordon-P,

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request for information.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information where it is held, is
provided below.

 

Your request and our response

 

This FOI request follows on from a previous request I made this year
([1]https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo...)
in which I requested information concerning UCL's financial links with a
list of companies connected to the arms trade.

 

Since you did not recognise the category 'arms trade companies', your
response included information only about the companies listed in my
request. I am now requesting the same information for the following list
of companies which were not on that list, including:  Aeroflex Ltd, Airbus
Defence, Airbus Group Ltd, Airbus OP Ltd, BAE Marin Ltd, BAE Surface
Ships, BMT Defence Ltd, Boeing, General Electric Co, Halliburton Energy,
Halliburton Man, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell Ctrl, Leonardo, Lockheed
Martin, Qinetiq, Thales UK Ltd.

 

Please include all of the information you were able to provide from the
last request, including:

 

1) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in research funding from the listed companies since 2018.

 

The total value of the research awards received is as follows: £1,501,064.

 

2) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial research fees from
the listed companies since 2018.

 

The total consultancy income for the period up to May 2021 is as follows:
£853,602.93.

 

The total value of research fees received is as follows: £1,420,474.

 

3) Confirm if any shares are held in the above companies as part of a
pension fund or endowment, either directly or indirectly through an
externally managed fund since 2018.

 

UCL has not held any of the listed stocks, either directly or indirectly
since January 2018.

 

With regard to the pension fund, UCL does not hold this information. UCL
does not operate a pension fund but contributes to sector pension schemes.
The main two being SAUL and USS. Both of these are legally distinct from
UCL and have their own trustees.

 

4) Please also include the financial amount of university fees being
covered by the listed companies for graduate degrees and 'studentships'.

 

Of the total research awards mentioned in question 1 above, £659,400 was
awarded for research studentships of which £96,408 was towards student
fees.

 

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Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response to my FOI request.

Please could you clarify for me the distinction between the total given for money received in research fees ( £1,420,474) and the total given for money received for research awards (£1,501,064).

Additionally, in relation to university fees covered by these companies in the form of student fees: As has been provided for this FOI response in part 7 (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...) could you detail the amounts received in student fees from each company separately.

Please also clarify what other payments fall under the category 'university fees' covers outside of research studentships, which you have stated only covers a fragment of the total £659,400 given.

Yours sincerely,

N Gordon-P