University Disclosure Log

Date received Date due Date completed Information asked for Notes
18 December 201718 January 201825 January 2018Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following information.

1) The name of the company currently supplying energy to your premises, for electricity and gas.

2) The name of the tariff that the electricity and gas are supplied by.

3) Your annual energy bill cost for the past financial year.
Further to your request for information we can confirm the following:

1) Laser is the procurer and to whom we pay the bills (shippers are Npower for electricity and Total for gas).
2) Not applicable - we purchase through a flex scheme
3) For year ending 31 July 2017 - Electricity #1,4000,000; Gas #323,000

Regards,

Staffordshire University
11 December 201711 January 201822 January 2018Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing with regards to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to know:

1) The University's latest policy on contract cheating, where students pay freelances to wrie an original essay for them, and then submit is as their own work. I would like to know how the University hopes to combat the growing problem, not plagiarism more generally (if such a policy exists, if not, please indicate this).

2) The number of cases the University has identified as potential instances of contract cheating from 2012 to the present day, or the last day where data is held.

3) What action (i any) was taken against students suspected of contract cheating from 2012 to the present day, or the last day where data is held.

4) The gender of any students suspected of contract cheating, and whether they were UK, EU or international students.
1) Currently Staffordshire University defines contract cheating as commissioning. Commissioning is defines in section 2 of the University Academic Award Regulations: Procedure for Dealing with Breaches of Assessment Regulations - Academic Misconduct.

Staffordshire University provides study skills to all new undergraduate students at the outset of their programmes, clearly advising how to avoid offences of academic misconduct. Furthermore, both the University and teh Student's Union have created guides to academic misconduct that are available to all students through the University website. In all proven cases of academic misconduct, students are required to complete the University's Academic Misconduct online module assessment. The module is available through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. The purpose of the module is to ensure that repeat offences do not occur.

The University is currently undertaking a review of the proceudre for DEaling with Breaches of Assessment Regulations - Academic Misconduct, and as such, will take note of teh QAA guidance published in October 2017. Contracting to cheat in Higher Education, How to Address Contract Cheating, the use of Third Party Services and Essay Mills. The University will publish the revised procedure and guidance on the University website in time for the 2018/19 academic year.

2) Staffordshire University does not record data on the number of students investigated for academic misconduct, only instances of proven academic misconduct.

Throughout the reporting period, 2012 until the present day, Staffordshire University has only recorded academic misconduct in terms of the category of gross academic misconduct. The category of gross academic misconduct is defined in section 3.7 of the Procedure for Dealing with Breaches of Assessment Regulations - Academic Misconduct.

The data shows that since 2012 until the present day 22nd December 2017), no students have been subject to a proven case of commissioning.

3) Not applicable, as the answer to question 2 is zero.

4) Not applicable, as the answer to question 2 is zero.

Regards,

Staffordshire University
26 December 201724 January 201825 January 20181) How maany information and formal complaints have been made to the University about racism over the last five academic years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16,2016-17, 2017-18 so far)? Please break this information down by whether the complaint was made formallty or informally, the year it was made and whether it was submitted by:
A) staff
B) students

2) How many of the formal complaints were investigated over the last five academic years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 so far)?

Please can you provide as much details about these cases, including: the year the incindet occurred, who was involved and what the complaint was about.

3) How many staff were disciplined for racist behaviour over the last five academic years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 so far)?
Please can you provide as much detail as possible including the year the incident occurred, who was involved and what the complaint was about.
1) Information relating to all informal complaints is not recorded, and so we are unable to return an answer on this aspect of the request.

Any formal complaints raised are dealt with in accordance with the University's Complaints Policy. The formal complaints made to the University regarding racism were all submitted by students and are as follows:

2013/14 - 2
2014/15 - 0
2015/16 - 2
2016/17 - 2
2017/18 - 0

2) All formal complaints submitted to the Academic Regulations and Compliance Team are investigated, again in accordance with the above-mentioned Complaints Policy. Please see response to question 1 for data.

3) No disciplinary procedures have been raised against students relating to racism within the requested years.