University bus service subsidies

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Dear University of Aberdeen,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to know:

1. The subsidies provided by the university, to external bus companies operating university bus routes, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19), broken down by the following where possible:
o Student travel
o University staff travel
o Any other subsidy provided
If the breakdown is not possible, a single subsidy figure for each academic year would be acceptable.

2. The expenditure on, and income from, any university provided bus services, including shuttle buses, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19), broken down by the following where possible:
o Student travel
o University staff travel
o Bus staff salary
o Equipment costs, covering vehicles and facilities
o Any other operating costs
If the breakdown is not possible, a single expenditure and single income figure for each academic year would be acceptable.

3. The number of complaints received by the university regarding university bus services, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19).

If the data is collected in financial years, rather than academic years, please do provide the information in this format, for the last 5 financial years (including 2018-19 if possible), making it clear which format has been used.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Hodgson

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Adam Hodgson,
I refer to your email of 15 March and, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Adam Hodgson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2020-112

I refer to your email of 15 March 2020 requesting information relating to University bus service subsidies.

Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.

1. The subsidies provided by the university, to external bus companies operating university bus routes, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19), broken down by the following where possible:
o Student travel
o University staff travel
o Any other subsidy provided
If the breakdown is not possible, a single subsidy figure for each academic year would be acceptable.

The University does not pay any subsidies to external bus companies.

2. The expenditure on, and income from, any university provided bus services, including shuttle buses, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19), broken down by the following where possible:
o Student travel
o University staff travel
o Bus staff salary
o Equipment costs, covering vehicles and facilities
o Any other operating costs
If the breakdown is not possible, a single expenditure and single income figure for each academic year would be acceptable.

A breakdown of the figures is not held but the figures for the provision of the 9U shuttle bus service for each academic year are:
2014/15 - £142,240
2015/16 - £153,670
2016/17 - £158,750
2017/18 - £159,842
2018/19 - £160,630
The bus service is free and has no income.

3. The number of complaints received by the university regarding university bus services, for the last 5 complete academic years (2014/15 to 2018/19).

This information is not held by the University of Aberdeen.

Where we have indicated that no information is held, please accept this message as notice under section 17(1)(b) of the Act that the information you have requested is not held by the University.

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Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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