Atoms/Iconography/360-white@2xion-briefcase - Ionicons Copy@2xAtoms/Iconography/calendar-dark@2xAtoms/Iconography/calendar-pinkAtoms/Iconography/calendar-pinkAtoms/Iconography/calendar-dark Copy@2x3B13F687-6EB2-452A-B918-16B02FF86090@2xchevron-right - FontAwesome@2x81A2B1C2-3C1E-48C0-8EAB-2BB76C1052E1@2xchevron-right - FontAwesome@2xchevron-right - FontAwesome@2xchevron-right - FontAwesome Copy@2x18D48E51-758C-47E9-949E-1E58FC9454A3@2xAtoms/Iconography/close-red@2xAtoms/Iconography/close-white@2xion-android-cloud-circle - Ionicons@2xAtoms/Brand/connected-uni-logo-white@2xAtoms/Iconography-download-icon-white@2xdropdown-chevron-black@2xAtoms/Iconography/dropdown-form-chevron-white@2xAtoms/Iconography/email-icon-light@1xF93E1E4C-136C-41CA-8FC9-02353765C1C0@2xA14CB21F-CD96-450C-BBD7-6647B25B0D0D@1xatoms/Iconography/facebook-icon@2xAtoms/Iconography/facebook-iconAtoms/Iconography/google-plus-icon@2xion-ios-information-outline - IoniconsAtoms/Iconography/instagram-iconGroup@2xAtoms/Iconography/linkedin-icon@2xion-android-menu - Ionicons@2x934F565B-4D4A-4BBE-B4EA-29E0D367BC7F@2xAtoms/Iconography/minus-icon@2xAEC8A5E2-9638-45F8-9E94-3C320D2410A9@2xAtoms/Iconography/nav-icon-white Copy@2xAtoms/Iconography/pause-icon-white@2xion-android-person - Ionicons@2xAtoms/Iconography/phone-icon-white@2x5131105A-B2E1-443D-A44D-E6DCCBBF53DD@2xAtoms/iconography/pintrest-icon@2xAtoms/Iconography/play-button-white@2xAtoms/Iconography-play-button-white-2@2xAtoms/Iconography/plus-icon-black@2xAtoms/Iconography/print-icon-light@2x34CD08DE-22EB-4484-B0B4-48190645DEBC@2xsearch - FontAwesome@2xAtoms/Iconography/search-white@2xAtoms/Iconography/snapchat-icon@2xAtoms/Iconography/tick-green@2xAtoms/Iconography/twitter-icon@2xAtoms/Iconography/twitter-iconAtoms/Iconography/youtube-icon@2xAtoms/Iconography/youtube-icon@2x Skip to content Skip to search
  •  

Disclosure log

 

View Freedom of Information requests for the last 6 months, one year, two years, or three years.

Or select a date range to view requests within that period:

Showing 19 requests, made between 11 April 2020 and 11 April 2021:

Date received Information asked for Notes Related documents
December 2020
Dear Sir/Madam,

This is an information request relating to the Vice-Chancellor’s residence.

Please include the following information for the university’s 2019-20 financial year:

·       The number and total remuneration of staff either permanent or part-time employed to maintain the residence.
·       A breakdown of the costs for the internet, telephone contract, utility bills, council tax, building insurance etc.
·       A breakdown of maintenance costs such as window cleaning, house cleaning, hedge cutting, fence repairing etc. 
·       The cost of claiming a TV licence. 
·       The value of any allowances, such as a meal allowance for the residence to be used to host events.
·       The total cost of rental or mortgage payments for the residence.
Dear Sir/Madam,


Furthert to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we can confirm that no accommodation is provided to the VC.


Regards,
Staffordshie University

December 2020
Dear Staffordshire University,

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

I would like to know:

a) the number of EU students enrolled at your University for each academic year 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

b) if possible - the number of EU students having their tuition fees paid by Student Loans Company each academic year 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it with page reference and URL if necessary.

I would like the above information to be provided to me as electronic copies.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Further to your request for information please see our response set out below. Year EU Count
2015/16 639
2016/17 528
2017/18 479
2018/19 443
2019/20 486
Total 2575

Regards,
Staffordshire University
November 2020
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.
1, not applicable

2, Internally provided minibus as detailed -

Free travel for students and staff - Stafford campus/railway station

Shuttle minibus runs from Monday - Friday 37 hours per week Accessible Minibus hire = £349 per week Approximate fuel cost per week = £200 Staffing cost = £14.52 per hour

Service commenced on 4th November 2019.
 
Sports Department provision - spend circa £35k per year on sports team travel (free for students)

3.  We have had no complaints received on shuttle minibus or sports department travel.

There is no other provision and there are no other records prior to November 2019.
September 2020
I am enquiring under the Freedom of Information act as to the study commitment required for the MBA program. I did complete the online enquiry form 2 weeks ago but heard nothing back. During COVID & the first wave of the pandemic what was the arrangements for students currently on the course? What are the current arrangements seeing as we are in a second wave & universities are remaining open? 
How many study hours are required on a weekly basis?
How much of the teaching is via Blackboard & self-directed study? 
Dear Sir/Madam,

During the first wave of lockdown, 10 weeks of study had already concluded, and the rest of the 2 weeks were moved online. Last week (week 13) is always kept for revision and extra support. There was no reduction in contact hours as per module requirement.

For the 1st term of the new Academic Year, keeping in line with Government regulations of social distancing, we are following a blended learning. Of the 12 weeks of delivery (till Christmas break), 25% is F2F and the rest is online. Again, there is no reduction of contact hours. Per module , the students must engage for 150 hours of which 39 hours is direct contact (F2F or via online delivery through BB or Teams). This has not been changed during the second wave of lockdown.

Last week (week 13) post-Christmas is again for revision and further support.

There have been two assessment discussions along with recording uploaded. There will be 1:1 formative discussion in week 10 for some modules and for some there are mock exams to prepare the students. This is additional to the 1:1 that are available to students to discuss pre-formative for additional support (depending on the module).

The above is for the stand-alone MBA.

Then, we have the Blended learning which is taught along with the apprenticeship delivery and the students get 3x3 F2F sessions per module (no change to that and the same have already been held for this term of the AY). Remaining 9 weeks is 1-hour webinar (usual practice for this delivery - again no change). 
 The module delivery team is using different ways of delivery to enhance the learning experience of the student. 
Again, there have been pre-formative and formative 1:1 discussion. Additional assessment support (over and above the contact hours) via online webinar have been made available to the students too.

Timetable for standalone MBA is as follows (no change from previous years):

Wednesdays - 2 modules - 12-3 and 4-7 
Thursdays - 2 modules - 12-3 and 4-7 

Blended (along with the apprentices' delivery): is held on a Tuesday/Wednesday (depending on when they started the cohort.

Then we have the project delivery (held 3 times an Academic Year) - October, January, and May. We moved to online delivery from May 2019. The project always has a large cohort of MoD students and the online delivery has been welcomed. The students get 1:1 support for the presentation post which supervisors are allocated, and the students need to work with their supervisors for completion of the final project dissertation. The discussions with supervisors (irrespective of the lockdown) has generally happened via phone, Skype or Teams (as for the dissertation, mostly students complete from their homes) - there has been no effect of the lockdown on supervisory support.

Other that the above, all the students are the Academic Mentees of the course leader and they have had opportunity to discuss the course, other modules, and any pastoral requirements.


Regards,

Staffordshire University
September 2020
Dear Madam or Sir

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with the number of students who have accessed counselling services provided by the university for each of the past three academic years (2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20), and the current academic year (2020/21) to date.

If possible, please provide a breakdown by the type of issue the students are seeking help for.

The figures are:​

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21 (21.9.20 – 30.10.20)

582

650

504

88

 

Please note that Staffordshire University provides significant mental health and wellbeing support to students through our mental wellbeing team in addition to our counselling team.  These figures are for students accessing counselling only.
September 2020
1. The number of students enrolled in the university who have died from the start of the 2020 academic year until 22nd November and the causes of these deaths (if known). 
2. The number of students enrolled in the university who died from the start of the academic year until the 22nd November for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the causes of these deaths (if known). 

Dear Sir/Madam,


Further to your request for information please see our response below.


Year Students
2016/17 5
2017/18 3
2018/19 2
2019/20 3
2020/21 1



Regards,
Staffordshire University
August 2020
I would very much appreciate a disclosure of the approximate number of full time students studying at the Stoke campus who reside either on campus accommodation or private landlord accommodation.

I am aware that the universities own on campus accommodation has been reduced from circa 1,100 to 950 as evidenced in the local newspaper .

Thank you.
Dear Sir/Madam,

The number of full time students studying at the Stoke campus who reside either on campus accommodation or private landlord accommodation is 3,900.

This figure includes all current full-time students (including PGCE, PGT, PGR etc) at Stoke Campus, living away from home in 2020/21.



Regards,


Staffordshire University
August 2020
How many female, male, transgender and gender neutral toilets there are within the university buildings 
Do you have a university building designated specifically for studying STEM (science, technology, English and maths) subjects? 
Are there toilets within that vicinity? 
How many of those toilets are for males, females transgender people?  
How many female and male professors there are currently working in the STEM departments at the university  
The number of female professors and the number of male professors that work at the university  
The average salary of a female professor and the average salary of a male professor working at the university  
The average salary of a female professor and the average salary of a male professor teaching STEM subjects  
How many students took up STEM subjects last year?
Of those, how many students were female?
If there are any grants/incentives to encourage more young women into STEM subjects at the university?
The only fully gender neutral toilets are in the LRV/ Verve, Beacon and Cadman.

Building Name

Female Toilets

Male Toilets

Gender Neutral

Accessible Toilets (Gender Neutral) 

Flaxman

3

6

 

3

University House

1

1

 

1

Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre

2

2

 

3

Ashley 1

2

2

 

2

Ashley 2

2

2

 

2

Leek Road Venue

11

4

10

2

Brindley

1

1

 

 

Drama and Performance Building

1

1

 

 

Ember's Lounge

5

2

 

1

Students' Union Building

2

2

 

 

Greenpad

 

 

 

1

Dwight

4

2

 

1

Mellor

24

14

 

7

Winton Square

 

 

 

1

Nursery

1

1

 

1

Cadman/ Blackstone/ Courtyard 

24

12

3

10

Beacon

 

 

11

3

Henrion

1

1

 

3

Trent

2

2

 

2

Science Building

25

13

 

2


 


July 2020
Dear Staffordshire University,

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and would like the following information.

1. The number of students accessing (‘accessing’ defined as having had a session) mental health counseling support from the university for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.
2. The number of students that have applied (‘applied’ defined as having started the process of accessing counselling and any stage after) for mental health counseling support from the university for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.
3. The number of formal complaints made about the universities mental health counseling service for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.
4. The average wait time from a student applying for mental health counselling with the university and them taking the first session for the 2020/19 academic year.
1. The number of students accessing (‘accessing’ defined as having had a session) mental health counseling support from the university for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.

2015/16                                  528
2016/17                                  513
2017/18                                  488
2018/19                                  538
2019/20                                  407
2020/21 (to 30/10/20)          48

Please note in relation to this question and question 2 that Staffordshire University provides significant mental health and wellbeing support to students through our mental wellbeing team in addition to our counselling team.



2. The number of students that have applied (‘applied’ defined as having started the process of accessing counselling and any stage after) for mental health counseling support from the university for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.

We do not record the number of students who have contacted us regarding counselling.  Taking ‘applied’ here to mean booked at least one appointment, the figures are:

2015/16                                  561
2016/17                                  620
2017/18                                  582
2018/19                                  650
2019/20                                  504
2020/21 (to 30/10/20)          88

3. The number of formal complaints made about the universities mental health counseling service for each of the past 5 academic years, as up to date for 2020/21 as possible.

None.

4. The average wait time from a student applying for mental health counselling with the university and them taking the first session for the 2020/19 academic year.

Wait time to have an initial appointment is not tracked, so we have no data for this.  The average wait time from initial assessment appointment to first counselling appointment via a waiting list was 12 weeks
July 2020
Hello, 

I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000: 

1) How many students have been expelled from your university since September 1, 2020 because they have breached Covid-19 related rules (for example: failing to socially distance, hosting a party in student accommodation, or failing to wear a face mask on university property)? 

2) How many students have been cautioned or otherwise received formal warnings from your university since September 1, 2020 because they have breached Covid-19 related rules? 

For clarity, by "expelled" I mean students have been asked to permanently leave your university as a result of actual or perceived misconduct. 
Dear Sir/Madam,

1) How many students have been expelled from your university since September 1, 2020 because they have breached Covid-19 related rules (for example: failing to socially distance, hosting a party in student accommodation, or failing to wear a face mask on university property)?     None

2) How many students have been cautioned or otherwise received formal warnings from your university since September 1, 2020 because they have breached Covid-19 related rules?      None


Regards,

Staffordshire University
April 2020
1. Can we get a breakdown by ethnicity of all academic staff working at the university. 
2.  N/A
3.  N/A
4.  N/A
5. Can we get a breakdown by ethnicity of all academic staff on fixed term contracts - including fixed term contracts
6.  due to end at the end of the academic year 2019/2020.
7.  N/A
8.  N/A
9.  N/A
10. Can we get a breakdown by ethnicity of all academic staff who are leaving the university at the end of the academic
11.  year 2019/2020. 
12.  N/A
Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your request for information please see our response below.



Regards,


Staffordshire University





April 2020
Would you be kind enough to confirm the following information:
Name of most appropriate contact for enquires relating to Estates Management (Transport / Parking / Traffic Management).
Email address for said contact or department
Most appropriate contact telephone number
Dear Sir/Madam,


Further to your request for information please see our response in relation to the first point of contact below.
t: 01782 292731 
e: Bernadette.Holmes@staffs.ac.uk


Regards,
Staffordshire University

April 2020
For your British Psychological Society accredited programmes listed below, could you please provide:

·       Copies of any Module outlines for any modules from these programmes which include reference to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and/or IPA and/or Psychosocial from the academic year 2014/2015 to 2019/2020 inclusive (noting whether the module makes reference to  Phenomenological Analysis/IPA or Psychosocial or both if not apparent in the module outline); please also include the number of students who took this module in each year and the size of the total cohort in each year. 
·       Please also provide a copy of any reading lists which accompanies any modules identified in the question above 
·     Please provide any other reading lists which include reference to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and/or IPA and/or Psychosocial and/or Stephen Frosh from the academic year 2014/2015 to 2019/2020 inclusive
​Dear Sir/Madam,
Please see link below in response to your request for information. https://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/student/modules/ 


Regards,
Staffordshire University

April 2020
Stude​nt chatbots

Do you have any plans to deliver Student facing AI chatbot functionality?

If so, when would you want this to be available?

Who is the head of Student Services or Digital engagement or equivalent and what is their email address?

Who is the CIO or Head of IT and what is their email address?


Staff chatbots 

Do you have any plans to deliver staff facing AI chatbot functionality?

If so, when would you want this to be available?

Who would be responsible for that and what is their email address?


Standardising appointments

Are you planning on Standardising virtual appointments to replace drop in style meetings that students had access to prior to the pandemic? Which departments would this be for e.g. Student Services, Facilities, Well Being

If so, when would you want this to be available?

Who would be responsible for that and what is their email address?
Do you have any plans to deliver Student facing AI chatbot functionality?

No new plans, we have had this capability in place for over since January 2019. See https://www.staffs.ac.uk/news/2019/01/introducing-beacon-a-digital-friend-to-staffordshire-university-students for the 2019 press release.

If so, when would you want this to be available?

January 2019.

Who is the head of Student Services or Digital engagement or equivalent and what is their email address?

Who is the CIO or Head of IT and what is their email address?

Alison Phillips (Director of Digital Services) A.M.Phillips@staffs.ac.uk




Staff chatbots 



Do you have any plans to deliver staff facing AI chatbot functionality?

No new plans, we have had this capability in place since January 2019.

If so, when would you want this to be available?

January 2019.

Who would be responsible for that and what is their email address?

Alison Phillips (Director of Digital Services) A.M.Phillips@staffs.ac.uk


Standardising appointments


Are you planning on Standardising virtual appointments to replace drop in style meetings that students had access to prior to the pandemic? Which departments would this be for e.g. Student Services, Facilities, Well Being

The University makes use of Microsoft Teams for Staff and Students to virtually meet, presence indicates when staff are free/busy. Where booking of slots is required Microsoft Bookings is used. Digital Services has overall responsibility for Microsoft Teams capability within the University.

If so, when would you want this to be available?

The capability has been in place for over 2 years.

Who would be responsible for that and what is their email address?

Alison Phillips (Director of Digital Services) A.M.Phillips@staffs.ac.uk
April 2020
Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you please kindly answer the questions below.

Telephony System
1. What is your current telephony system?
2. How many users of the telephony system?
3. When is the contract up for renewal?
4. Are you considering or interested in Microsoft Teams Voice (Direct Routing)?
5. The name (separately) and email address of the primary contact for this contract?
6. Current annual spend?

Mobile phone contracts
1. Who is your current mobile phone provider?
2. How many mobile connections?
3. When is the contract up for renewal?
4. How long do you contract for (24 or 36 months)?
5. The name (separately) and email address of the primary contact for this contract?
6. Current annual spend?

Crown Commercial Services frameworks
 Do you procure through the Networks Services 2 framework? (RM3808 previously RM1045) If not, how do you procure mobiles and telecommunication services/solutions?
​1. What is your current telephony system?

Cisco Call Manager

2. How many users of the telephony system?

Approximately 1500

3. When is the contract up for renewal?

31st July 2021

4. Are you considering or interested in Microsoft Teams Voice (Direct Routing)?

Considering

5. The name (separately) and email address of the primary contact for this contract?

Emily Hampson e.g.hampson@staffs.ac.uk

6. Current annual spend?

Commercially sensitive


Mobile phone contracts
1. Who is your current mobile phone provider?          Vodafone

2. How many mobile connections?                                 294

3. When is the contract up for renewal?

4. How long do you contract for (24 or 36 months)?   24mths.

5. The name (separately) and email address of the primary contact for this contract? Amanda Liew Amanda.liew@staffs.ac.uk

6. Current annual spend?                         Commercially sensitive

 Do you procure through the Networks Services 2 framework? (RM3808 previously RM1045) If not, how do you procure mobiles and telecommunication services/solutions?
 - Crown Commercial Services frameworks. Via Framework RM3808-Lot6.
April 2020
Please can you provide the following information for any cleaning, catering and hard fm services that are contracted out?  Where applicable, please indicate instances where these services are delivered in-house.

•            Contract Type:
•            Supplier:
•            Contract Start Date:
•            Contract End Date:
•            Is any extension applicable, and if so please advise number of years:
•            Annual value of the contract:
•            Name and contact details for the person responsible for procurement of this contract:
Contract Type: Waste Collection
•            Supplier:  Veolia
•            Contract Start Date: 1/4/2015
•            Contract End Date: 31/7/2018
•            Is any extension applicable, and if so please advise number of years: 2 years to 2020
•            Annual value of the contract: £100k
•            Name and contact details for the person responsible for procurement of this contract:  David Glover
As your institution went into COVID lockdown and subsequently, what advice did it give its academics regarding the way they should modify:

1.      Course content for online delivery for:

a.      Students in general?

b.      Visually impaired students?

c.       Auditorily impaired students?

d.      Students with specific earning difficulties/difference (SpLDs)?

2.      Examination content and administration for online delivery for:

a.      Students in general?

b.      Visually impaired students?

c.       Auditorily impaired students?

d.      Students with specific learning difficulties/difference (SpLDs)?
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you for your email.
Other than what we offer through the Academic Development Unit, ongoing digital signposting and training such as Inclusive Practice Guidelines, we have not done anything more specific in relation to  COVID19.


Regards,

Staffordshire University
April 2020
Dear Sir/Madam,

Under the freedom of information act I would like to know the following information:

1) How many students accessed counselling services (face to face/ virtual) at your university in the academic year 2019/2020?

2) What was the average waiting time to access counselling services (face to face/ virtual) at your university in the academic year 2019/2020?

3) How many students were enrolled at your university in the academic year 2019/2020? 
1) How many students accessed counselling services (face to face/ virtual) at your university in the academic year 2019/2020?

1188 students accessed the Student Wellbeing service, which includes counselling and mental wellbeing support. 

2) What was the average waiting time to access counselling services (face to face/ virtual) at your university in the academic year 2019/2020?

The waiting time to access the Student Wellbeing service and have a first appointment is not recorded but was typically 2 – 3 weeks.

The average waiting time to access further counselling following an assessment appointment was 12 weeks.

3) How many students were enrolled at your university in the academic year 2019/2020? 
April 2020
Hello there,

I would like to request the following under the Freedom of Information Act. 

1. Does any of your energy come directly from a renewable source? If so, what percentage?
2. Who is the energy supplier and are you on a green/renewable energy tariff with them?
3. Are there any renewable energy schemes in place, or in the pipeline?
4. Do you have any renewable installations on campus?

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your request for information, please see our response below.

1. Does any of your energy come directly from a renewable source? If so, what percentage?
We have a small amount of PV panels. Producing approx. 5% of our energy
2. Who is the energy supplier and are you on a green/renewable energy tariff with them?
Our energy supplier is N Power, we are not currently on a green tariff
3. Are there any renewable energy schemes in place, or in the pipeline?
We do not any in place at present.
4. Do you have any renewable installations on campus?
              We are in discussion with Stoke City Council.


Regards,

Staffordshire University
April 2020
1.A Has the university conducted an audit of the incidence of racism since the EHRC report on racism in UK universities was published on 23 October 2019?
1.B If so, what were the findings?
1.C Did the audit cover students and staff? If not, please specify who it covered.
1.D If the university carried out such an audit prior to the EHRC report please state when it was conducted, who it included, and what the findings were.

2.A Given the EHRC inquiry report noted many black and minority ethnic students lack faith in formal university complaints procedures, what changes has the university since made to how it handles formal and informal student complaints of racism?
2.B How has the university involved black and minority ethnic students in these reforms, and, specifically, how it handles student complaints of racism?

3.A Does the university provide scholarships specifically for black and minority ethnic students? If so, how many such scholarships have been provided in the last five years?
3.B If the scholarships were introduced less than five years ago, please provide the stats since the start date.

4.A Does the university use the term black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or black and minority ethnic (BME)?
4.B Which ethnic groups does the university include in these terms?

5.A Since the EHRC inquiry report, has the university introduced new/further training for students and staff on racism? If so, please provide details.
5.B Is this training specifically on racism or part of generic equality and diversity training?
5.C Does this training cover institutional/structural racism?
5.D If you have introduced new training for staff is it mandatory for all staff?

6.A Since the EHRC report has the university introduced training for staff on handling student disclosures of racism? (Please state whether you had such training in place before the EHRC report and if it is still provided.)
6.B If so, which (types of) staff have undertaken it?

7.A Did the university compile centralised records of a) student and b) staff formal complaints of racism prior to the publication of the EHRC report?
7.B If it did not, does it now compile centralised records of formal complaints of racism?

8. How does the university handle complaints by a) students and b) staff about anti-white bias and/or sentiment? Are such incidents counted as complaints of racism? (The EHRC includes such cases in its report last year.)

9. Given that the EHRC report flagged up the impact of racism on student mental health, what research and/or action has the university since conducted/taken to address the specific mental health needs of black and minority ethnic students?

10.A Do any BME counsellors work in the university's counselling and/or student support service? (Please state whether they are full or part-time.)
10.B If so, what proportion of the counsellors are BME?
If the number of BME counsellors has changed since I last asked you about this on 29 July 2019 please state whether it has risen or fallen in full-time equivalent terms.
10.C Are BME students guaranteed the right to see a BME counsellor? Or can they request to see a BME counsellor? (Please specify which where relevant.)
10.D How many counsellors – both BME and white – have specific training in intercultural therapy? (Intercultural therapy is a form of psychotherapy aimed at benefiting culturally diverse groups. It recognises the importance of race, culture, beliefs, values, attitudes, religion and language in the life of the client.)

11.A Does the university have a mentoring scheme, or schemes, for black and minority ethnic students?
11.B If so when did it begin? Please make clear if this scheme has been introduced since 29 July 2019 when I last asked you
11.C To date, how many BME students have participated in the mentoring scheme?

12.A How has the university responded to the death of George Floyd (25 May 2020) and the Black Lives Matter movement, specifically student protests for universities to better address racism, institutional racism and the legacy of British imperialism and colonialism?
12.B What specific pledges has the university made as part of this response?
1.A Has the university conducted an audit of the incidence of racism since the EHRC report on racism in UK universities was published on 23 October 2019?   

1.B If so, what were the findings?

1.C Did the audit cover students and staff? If not, please specify who it covered.

1.D If the university carried out such an audit prior to the EHRC report please state when it was conducted, who it included, and what the findings were.

Two relevant audits have been undertaken:
1. Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Racial Harassment in British Universities survey in February 2019 which informed the EHRC report published in October 2019.
2. Staff and student surveys as part of the Race Equality Charter application in September 2019

1. Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Racial Harassment in British Universities survey 28 February 2019
All UK universities were asked to complete the survey

Our findings were:
How many complaints of racial harassment of staff have been recorded by the university in total between the start of the 15/16 academic year and now?                   None
How many complaints of racial harassment of students have been recorded by the university in total between the start of the 15/16 academic year and now?  Four
 
Resolution Number
Informal resolution. E.g. a verbal apology
Through the formal complaints procedure 2
Through an appeal or review of the decision reached following the pursuit of the formal complaints/grievance procedure.   2
Other (please specify)

Outcome Number
Case(s) still open, being actively investigated and yet to be resolved
Case(s) still open, unresolved and currently ‘dormant’ – i.e. no current activity to move the complaint on
Complaints withdrawn by the complainant
Complaints upheld; victim achieved redress of some kind
Complaints investigated but not upheld 2
Other (please specify) 2
Upheld in part. Some element of complaint upheld but no evidence in support of racial harassment


2.A Given the EHRC inquiry report noted many black and minority ethnic students lack faith in formal university complaints procedures, what changes has the university since made to how it handles formal and informal student complaints of racism?

2.B How has the university involved black and minority ethnic students in these reforms, and, specifically, how it handles student complaints of racism?

Staffordshire University rewrote its policies for considering student complaints in August 2020, just prior to the publication of the EHRC inquiry report. The new regulatory framework was co-written with the Staffordshire University Students’ Union and was the subject to an Equality Impact Assessment.
The EHRC inquiry report will inform an ongoing review of policies and procedures.

3.A Does the university provide scholarships specifically for black and minority ethnic students? If so, how many such scholarships have been provided in the last five years?

3.B If the scholarships were introduced less than five years ago, please provide the stats since the start date.

The University focuses on providing individual support based on each student’s needs. The University does not provide scholarships/bursaries except for care leavers and estranged students


3.B N/A

4.A Does the university use the term black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or black and minority ethnic (BME)?

4.B Which ethnic groups does the university include in these terms?

4.A) BAME



4.B)

10 White White White
11 White White White
13 White – Scottish White White
14 Irish Traveller BAME Other
15 Gypsy or Traveller BAME Other
16 Gypsy or Traveller BAME Other
19 Other White background BAME White
21 Black or Black British - Caribbean BAME Black
22 Black or Black British - African BAME Black
29 Other Black background BAME Black
31 Asian or Asian British - Indian BAME Asian
32 Asian or Asian British - Pakistani BAME Asian
33 Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi BAME Asian
34 Chinese BAME Asian
39 Other Asian background BAME Asian
41 Mixed - White and Black Caribbean BAME Mixed
42 Mixed - White and Black African BAME Mixed
43 Mixed - White and Asian BAME Mixed
49 Other mixed background BAME Other
50 Arab BAME Other
80 Other ethnic background BAME Other
90 Not known Unknown Unknown
98 Information refused Unknown Unknown



5.A Since the EHRC inquiry report, has the university introduced new/further training for students and staff on racism? If so, please provide details.

5.B Is this training specifically on racism or part of generic equality and diversity training?

5.C Does this training cover institutional/structural racism?

5.D If you have introduced new training for staff is it mandatory for all staff?

5.A) Staff awareness raising in relation to Unconscious Bias focusing in recruitment and selection processes for staff and admissions for students



5.B) Generic equality and diversity awareness.


5.C) Yes


5.D) Mandatory for all staff involved in staff recruitment and selection and student admissions


6.A Since the EHRC report has the university introduced training for staff on handling student disclosures of racism? (Please state whether you had such training in place before the EHRC report and if it is still provided.)

6.B If so, which (types of) staff have undertaken it?

6.A No, we are developing training and resources.





6.B N/A

7.A Did the university compile centralised records of a) student and b) staff formal complaints of racism prior to the publication of the EHRC report?

7.B If it did not, does it now compile centralised records of formal complaints of racism?


7a) Yes

7b) Staffordshire University held a centralised record of all student complaints of racism prior to the publication of the EHRC Report and continues to do so.

8. How does the university handle complaints by a) students and b) staff about anti-white bias and/or sentiment? Are such incidents counted as complaints of racism? (The EHRC includes such cases in its report last year.
a) student complaints about anti-white bias and/or sentiment, are addressed via the University complaints process.  Students complete a submit their information, via complaints procedure application and it is addressed via University Complaints procedure.

b) Any specific complaint from a member of staff of anti-white bias would be investigated in accordance with our bullying and harassment policy and would be considered as racism.


9. Given that the EHRC report flagged up the impact of racism on student mental health, what research and/or action has the university since conducted/taken to address the specific mental health needs of black and minority ethnic students?

The University is organising in partnership with SU, a campaign targeting non-white students, Are You OK?  The campaign will commence during 2020 Induction period to highlight accessible mental health support.



10.A Do any BME counsellors work in the university's counselling and/or student support service? (Please state whether they are full or part-time.)

10.B If so, what proportion of the counsellors are BME?
If the number of BME counsellors has changed since I last asked you about this on 29 July 2019 please state whether it has risen or fallen in full-time equivalent terms.

10.C Are BME students guaranteed the right to see a BME counsellor? Or can they request to see a BME counsellor? (Please specify which where relevant.)

10.D How many counsellors – both BME and white – have specific training in intercultural therapy? (Intercultural therapy is a form of psychotherapy aimed at benefiting culturally diverse groups. It recognises the importance of race, culture, beliefs, values, attitudes, religion and language in the life of the client).


10.A We have a trainee BAME Counsellor who has been on placement with the Uni throughout the 19/20 academic year.


10.B The trainee counsellor

Remained the same.




10.C No currently, as only trainee counsellor is BAME.




10.D One counsellor has undertaken Intercultural training.

11.A Does the university have a mentoring scheme, or schemes, for black and minority ethnic students?

11.B If so when did it begin? Please make clear if this scheme has been introduced since 29 July 2019 when I last asked you.

11.C To date, how many BME students have participated in the mentoring scheme?

11.A No



11.B N/A


11.C N/A

12.A How has the university responded to the death of George Floyd (25 May 2020) and the Black Lives Matter movement, specifically student protests for universities to better address racism, institutional racism and the legacy of British imperialism and colonialism?
























12.B What specific pledges has the university made as part of this response?

The University made a public statement of support:
 
A statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter
 
We want to assure you of our commitment to eliminating racial inequalities and racism, and to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our community. Racism will not be tolerated in any form – if you or anyone you know have experienced racism; we are here for you.
 
Staffordshire University
The death of George Floyd has sent a wave of sadness, anger, and frustration around the world and drawn renewed global attention to the inequalities that are faced by many black people on a daily basis.
We want to assure you of our commitment to eliminating racial inequalities and racism, and to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our community. Racism will not be tolerated in any form – if you or anyone you know have experienced racism; we are here for you:
Student Guidance Advisors: support@staffs.ac.uk
Wellbeing support: wellbeing@staffs.ac.uk
Chaplaincy: Mick.Williams@staffs.ac.uk
Head of Equality and Diversity: Gillian.Grainger@staffs.ac.uk
Equality Co-ordinator: p.l.bentley@staffs.ac.uk
We are actively working to eliminate racial inequalities through our ongoing work around Race Equality Charter, BAME attainment and progression, through our Inclusion Champion Network and Staffs Uni Inclusion Group, working in partnership with you, our community.
If you want to get involved, contact diversity@staffs.ac.uk. Your voice matters.
#BlackLivesMatter #NoExcuse #WeAreStaffs


The University cited ongoing commitment to eliminate racial inequalities.

We are actively working to eliminate racial inequalities through our ongoing work around Race Equality Charter, BAME attainment and progression, through our Inclusion Champion Network and Staffs Uni Inclusion Group, working in partnership with you, our community.
If you want to get involved, contact diversity@staffs.ac.uk. Your voice matters.
#BlackLivesMatter #NoExcuse #WeAreStaffs