University hate convictions

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Hello,

I hope whoever is reading this is keeping well.

This is a request for information under the FOI Act.

Please can you answer the following questions for the academic years of: 2018/9, 2019/20, 2020/21:

1) Over this time period, how many people (undergraduate students and postgraduate students) applied to enroll to an undergraduate course at your university who was found (either by self-declaration or when prompted to disclose any criminal convictions) to have had a conviction for any sort of religious or racial hate crime incident or abuse. Can you provide the information in terms of individuals applying to enrol at your university to start at the beginning of these academic years. i.e. this includes those applying in, say December 2017, for enrollment in 2018/9. I want to be clear that I am asking about students who declare (or who have been found to have) a criminal conviction, through their application to the University.

I am defining 'religious hate crime or abuse' as any crime relating to verbal and physical abuse, bullying, threatening behaviour, online abuse or damage to property on the grounds of race or religion.

When answering Q1, please can you state the types of convictions disclosed (and how many times this type of conviction was disclosed).

2) How many of the people identified in Q1 were subsequently allocated to live in (university maintained/owned) residential settings (either in apartments or shared accommodation blocks on campus, for example) with students who identified as being from a 'BAME' background or a 'religious' background?

When answering Q2, please can you specify the type of residential setting, and whether the student who was allocated a house with the student convicted of a hate/religious crime identified as 'black' or 'Asian' or another ethnic minority, and the type of religion (i.e. 'christian' or 'Muslim') they identified as.

Best,

Yohannes

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Yohannes Lowe

Thank you for your email of 22 July requesting information.

I am writing to let you know that we have received your email and to help
you make a valid request. In this case your request is not valid because
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valid. Please refer to the guidance for further details.

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Yours sincerely

Tessa Ewart

Records Management

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Dear [email address],
My full name is Yohannes Lowe- I trust you should be able to process my request now

recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Yohannes Lowe

Thank you for your email of 23rd July confirming your real name. You will
receive a further notification once a case officer begins processing your
request.

As we have advised previously, the University's working arrangements are
affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While we will make all efforts to
respond to requests promptly, please be aware that in some cases
unfortunately we will not be able to respond within statutory timescales.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

The [2]University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Tessa Ewart

Records Management

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Yohannes Lowe

Thank you for your email of 23rd July where you have provided
clarification to your original request received the 22nd July. I confirm
receipt of this email. You will receive a further notification once a case
officer begins processing your request.

As we have advised previously, the University's working arrangements are
affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While we will make all efforts to
respond to requests promptly, please be aware that in some cases
unfortunately we will not be able to respond within statutory timescales.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

The [2]University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Tessa Ewart

Records Management

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Yohannes Lowe

Thank you for your email of the 22nd July requesting information about
students with hate crime convictions.

As explained in our acknowledgement message, the University's working
arrangements are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, I am
currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to
your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed
and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request,
you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review
of the reasons for the delay. The [2]Scottish Information Commissioner's
guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their
website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the
Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the
original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and
including an address for correspondence. When the review process is
complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner's guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal
to the Commissioner.

The [3]University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Celia Jenkins

Records Management

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Dear Yohannes Lowe

Thank you for your email of 22 July 2021 requesting information. Please
find the University's response attached.

Yours sincerely

Celia Jenkins

Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

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