WIMCS RC minutes

John Gough made this Freedom of Information request to Swansea University

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Dear Swansea University,

I would like to obtain the minutes of the Research Committee of the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS, Digital Technium) over the period 2007 to present from the WIMCS Administrator. I would also be grateful if, through WIMCS, you would provide the policies and procedures detailing allocation of WIMCS funding.

Yours faithfully,

Professor John Gough

BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

Dear Professor Gough,

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your request dated 6^th May
2014, requesting the WIMCS RC minutes 2007 - present.

 

This email confirms that your request has now been passed to the
University Compliance Officer who will review the contents of your request
and establish if a) you request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any
further clarification is required from you to allow us to progress
further.

 

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 160/14 on any correspondence. 

 

Kindest Regards

 

Bev

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

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BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

Dear Professor Gough,

 

I write in connection with your request for information regarding WIMCS.
The FOI Act obliges the University to respond to requests promptly and in
any case no later than 20 working days after receipt of your request.

 

We must consider firstly whether we can comply with s1(1)(a) of the Act,
which is our duty to confirm whether or not the information requested is
held and secondly we must comply with s1(1)(b), which is the provision of
the information.

 

However the Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working
days, if this balance of the public interest is undetermined.  In this
case we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of the public
interest lies and estimate that it will take additional time to make the
decision.

 

The specific exemption which applies in relation to your request is
Section 43 Commercial Interests.  This is a qualified exemption which
requires the University to conduct a public interest test to establish
whether the public interest is best served by disclosure or non-disclosure
of the information.

 

The ‘public interest’ is not however, what the public may find
interesting, there must be some tangible benefit to the community in such
disclosure.  Ultimately, it must be something that serves the interests of
the public.  It is a requirement to identify all the factors which serve
these interests and also those which do not, only then can a decision be
made.

 

Additional information may be located on the ICO’s guidance page using the
link below (Awareness guidance 11 – Time for Compliance).

 

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Kind Regards

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

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Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor

Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Phone | Ffôn 01792 606281  
Email | Ebost [2][email address]

[3]www.swansea.ac.uk | [4]www.abertawe.ac.uk
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Dear BUCKLEY B.Y.,

Dear Bev

Thank you for the response! I note that it while it comes on the end of the 20 day notice period, Swansea University is yet to make a decision on whether there is “public interest” in this case and has not committed to a time-frame for this decision to be made.

The Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS) was set up by the Higher Educational Funding Council of Wales with £5.1 million of public money. It also received an annual contribution from Welsh Universities of approximately £16 thousand per institution.
It operates administratively within Swansea University.

As the WIMCS Research Committee has distributed public money, I would expect that there is an automatic public interest in the information that I have requested, in establishing consistency, accountability and transparency. These details are not publicly available at the moment.

I would like to query why Swansea University believes that there are third party commercial interests affected by my FOIA request?

While WIMCS aims to “foster links with industry, commerce and business”, its Research Committee should only have been able to allocate funding to mathematics-based projects/events run by cluster members (researchers in the contributing Welsh third level institutes). I am at a disadvantage at the moment, because your response does not identify any third parties, or give details of their commercial interests.

I would be very grateful if you would outline what you believe are the concerns of third party commercial interests, and clearly state why you believe they may be prejudiced by my FOIA request,. In the event that the information that I have requested is judged to fall within section 43, I would like to request clarification on why Swansea University believes that maintaining the exemption would outweigh the public interest in disclosure.

Yours sincerely

John Gough

Yours sincerely,

John Gough

BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

Dear Professor Gough,

Thank you for your email.

Whilst third party interests are assessed objectively and by the University, the third party's perspective should be taken into account especially where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the interests of a third party. If the University decides that the balance of interest favours non-disclosure of some of the information contained within the minutes then you will be provided with detailed explanation of how the University has reached its decision.

The University will respond to you as soon as it has reached its decision.

Kind Regards

Bev

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)| Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor
Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Phone | Ffôn 01792 606281  
Email | Ebost [email address]

www.swansea.ac.uk | www.abertawe.ac.uk

The University welcomes correspondence in Welsh and English | Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a’r Saesneg

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BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

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Dear Professor Gough,

 

Your request has been considered under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our response is attached.

 

I trust this information is of assistance to you but please contact me if
you have any questions in relation to this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s determination of your
application you may in the first instance request an internal review by
contacting Martin Lewis, Director of Governance Services and
Administrative Secretary [1][email address].

 

During the independent review the handling of your request will be
reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this
response. If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or
complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at
The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further contact information and details of the
role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the
Commissioner's website: [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/ .  Please note that the
Information Commissioner is unlikely to investigate your case until the
University’s internal review process has been completed.

 

Kind Regards

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor

Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Phone | Ffôn 01792 606281  
Email | Ebost [3][email address]

[4]www.swansea.ac.uk | [5]www.abertawe.ac.uk
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Abertawe yn elusen gofrestredig. Rhif. 1138342

 

 

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Dear Swansea University,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Swansea University's handling of my FOI request 'WIMCS RC minutes'.

While the request for the minutes of the WIMCS RC was eventually granted, the minutes themselves do not detail the mechanism for selection of proposals for funding by the RC, and most surprisingly do not make any coherent mention of the proposals funded since previous meetings of the RC. This is a major oversight of the minutes, and I will unfortunately have to return to this in a separate FOIA request.

My original request however included the policies and procedures detailing allocation of WIMCS funding. This has not been included, and I would like to again request this information.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Yours faithfully,

John Gough

BUCKLEY B.Y., Swansea University

Dear Professor Gough,

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your request dated 2^nd July
2014, requesting an internal review into FOI 160/14.

 

The University will review and respond to you in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Kindest Regards

 

Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (Data Protection / Freedom of Information)|
Swyddog Cydymffurfiaeth y Brifysgol (Diogelu Data / Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Vice-Chancellor’s Office| Swyddfa’r Is-Ganghellor

Abbey Building | Adeilad yr Abaty
Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
SA2 8PP

Phone | Ffôn 01792 606281  
Email | Ebost [1][email address]

[2]www.swansea.ac.uk | [3]www.abertawe.ac.uk
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BIRD C.R., Swansea University

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Dear Professor Gough,

 

I refer to your original request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and your subsequent request for an internal review of
the information provided to you. I confirm that I have reviewed the
original request and response and attach my response accordingly.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Ceri Bird

Legal Adviser/Cyfreithiol Ymgynghorydd

                                                                                                                

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