The Request

Received on 14 October 2017

From:  

Sent: 14 October 2017 17:45

To: IG_Disclosures

Subject: Re: BIRAX round 3 grants & new donors (FOI_2017_72)

Dear 

Thank you for your email confirming receipt of my FOI request.

Apologies but I would like to re-format it again to take account of an additional query and an aspect I forgot - I understand this will be treated as a new request from Monday 16th Oct. Please disregard the original request and take this one as correct:

1.a full list of all projects taking place under the latest (third) round of funding grants for the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnerships (BIRAX) project. This should include a) both UK and Israeli universities  b) the value of the grant and c)  how long each project grant is for eg. 3 years

2.a full list of any new donors to the project who have started contributing in 2015 or later AND the value of their contributions

3.I am also trying to find out what year the British Council stopped being fully funded by the Foreign Office and was partly privatised and have been unable to fund this in the history or finance section of the website. Please can you advise me on this?

Please do not hesitate ask if I can clarify any of the above.

Kind regards

 

Our Response

Responded on 13 November 2017

From: IG_Disclosures 

Sent: 13 November 2017 16:00

To: 

Subject: RE: BIRAX round 3 grants & new donors (FOI_2017_72)

Case Reference: FOI_2017_72

13 November 2017

Dear 

Thank you for your request for information dated 12 October 2017, which you later clarified on 16 October 2017, concerning BIRAX round three grants and donors. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath each point.

1.A full list of all projects taking place under the latest (third) round of funding grants for the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnerships (BIRAX) project. This should include a) both UK and Israeli universities b) the value of the grant and c) how long each project grant is for e.g. 3 years

Please find attached an excel spread sheet which provides the information you have requested under point one. 

2.A full list of any new donors to the project who have started contributing in 2015 or later AND the value of their contributions

At present there aren’t any new donors who started contributing in 2015 to the BIRAX third call. 

3.I am also trying to find out what year the British Council stopped being fully funded by the Foreign Office and was partly privatised and have been unable to fund this in the history or finance section of the website. Please can you advise me on this?

There is British Council Appraisal Report published on The National Archives website, which provides details of our historical funding and income generation, specifically page 6 under section 1.5.3. I should point out that the British Council has not been partly privatised; we are a public corporation, a charity and an executive non-departmental public body with operational independence from the UK government.

I hope the information provided has been useful. 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)

Information Governance and Risk Management 

British Council

Bridgewater House

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Email: IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at: 

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Yours sincerely

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information Governance and Risk Management Team

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