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Spend on external consultants

Disclosure date: 21 November 2011

Reference: FOI2011/080

Request

1) Your total spend on external consultants broken down by year for the past three financial years, further broken down by each service provided, its cost, and the company used.

2) What you expect to spend on external consultants this, and the following, financial year.

Response

1) Despite difficulties in agreeing what should be defined as “external consultants”, we have produced the attached spreadsheet which lists the services for which “external consultants” were procured and the companies that provided those services. It should be noted that as a relatively small higher education institution, it is often more cost effective for SOAS to procure external suppliers for specialist services.

2) It is envisaged that spending on external consultants will be broadly in line with previous years.