The complainant has requested Queen Mary University of London (the University) to disclose copies of weekly associated dean meetings from April 2020 to the date of her request and, also, data relating to medical school student placements, and correspondence with a named individual. The University refused to disclose the meeting minutes, citing sections 36(2)(b)(i) and (ii) and 36(2)(c) (prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs) and refused to comply with the remainder of the request, citing section 12 of the FOIA (cost limit). The Commissioner’s decision is that the University is entitled to rely on section 12 of the FOIA in this case. With regards to section 36(2)(c) of the FOIA, the Commissioner is satisfied that this exemption is engaged and the public interest in favour of disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in favour of maintaining the exemption. The Commissioner does not require any further action to be taken.
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