Correspondence from college lecturers to First Minister on excessive workload, staff cuts, and poor workforce planning: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03396
Date received: 14 November 2018
Date responded: 11 December 2018
Information requested
You  asked for:

“Any correspondence (letters, emails or otherwise) in 2018 from college lecturers to Nicola Sturgeon on any of the following topics: excessive workload, staff cuts, Scottish Government funding,  poor workforce planning,  or job satisfaction."


I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested in the attached pdf files and have included a table of the information provided   therein.

Excessive workload

Staff cuts

Scottish Government funding

Poor workforce planning

Job satisfaction








While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies. This exemption applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, ie names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1)  of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1)  of  the  Data  Protection  Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider  if  the  public  interest  in  disclosing the  information  outweighs  the  public  interest inapplying the exemption. Please therefore be advised that this information has been redacted from the documents provided.
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