The complainant has requested information about application for readerships at Edge Hill University over the last six years. The University disclosed some information to the complainant but considered it could not comply with the remaining parts of the request – information on research funding, research-based articles and supervision – without exceeding the appropriate cost limit under section 12 of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the University is not obliged to comply with the request under section 12(1). However, she finds the University breached section 16 of the FOIA by failing to provide advice and assistance to the complainant to refine the request. The Commissioner requires the public authority to provide advice and assistance to the complainant to assist them in refining their request where it is possible to do so.
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