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Staff Remuneration Committee minutes

Disclosure date: 14 April 2014

Reference: FOI2014/048

Request

I am writing to request a copy of the most recent set of minutes for the Governing Body’s Senior Staff Remuneration Committee. I have tried to find these minutes on your website but have been unable to do so. Are they publicly available?

If not, please could you provide me with a brief explanation as to why that is the case.

Response

Please find attached the minutes for the most recent Senior Staff Remuneration Committee (4 July 2013).

Some information has been redacted (blacked out) or omitted from the minutes as it constitutes personal data, the disclosure of which would be unfair and unlawful and therefore a breach of the Data Protection Act. Such information is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. This is an absolute exemption which means that there is no need to take into account any public interest arguments for or against disclosure.

Senior Staff Remuneration Committee minutes are not currently published on the SOAS website due to the confidentiality of their contents with regards to individual staff members and their remuneration details.

The Director’s remuneration is published in the SOAS Annual Review and Financial Statements (http://www.soas.ac.uk/annualreview/), along with the number of staff members earning over £100,000 and their salaries in bands of £10,000. This is in accordance with the Information Commissioner's guidance on the level of information that he would expect universities to provide in order to meet their commitments under the Freedom of Information model publication scheme (see page 4 of: http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/freedom_of_information/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Detailed_specialist_guides/definition_document_for_universities_and_higher_education_institutions.pdf).