FOI Disclosure Log

Disclosure Log

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 requires FOI bodies such as UCC to publish a disclosure log, which contains details of all non-personal requests received under FOI since January 2015 and the decisions made by the body in response to those requests.

UCC’s FOI Disclosure Log is available below.

Disclosures are grouped by year and are listed in order of the date the request was received. Please note that, for privacy reasons, identifying information such as the name of the requester is not included in the disclosure log.

If you require further information on the information contained in the Disclosure Log, please contact Catriona O’Sullivan, Information Compliance Officer, University College Cork, on +353 (0)21 4903949 or email

Disclosure Log 2016

Reference NumberDate of RequestDate CompletedRequester CategoryRequest DetailsDecision
FOI/2016/00004 09/02/2016



Number of cases of plagiarism in past 3 years; number of cases of cheating in examination halls in past 3 years (broken down by faculty and EU/Non-EU)

Refused s.15(1)(c)
FOI/2016/00005 10/02/2016



List of GAA scholarships awarded to UCC female and male athletes in 2013, 2014 and 2015

 FOI/2016/00006  16/02/2016 15/03/2016 Journalist Between September 2010 and January 2016: a full breakdown of all unpaid overdue fines owed to UCC library; a breakdown of the numbers involved, including students and staff; a full breakdown of items not returned to UCC library, including  books; all records of library overdue fines that were paid to UCC; all records of the number of students that were not permitted to graduate due to unpaid library fines Granted
FOI/2016/00007 17/02/2016 06/04/2016 Other No. of students disciplined for plagiarism 2010-2016 Refused s.15(1)(c)
FOI/2016/00009 16/02/2016 12/04/2016 Journalist Correspondence between President's Office and Department of Education and between President's Office and HEA since September 2015

Part Granted s.29(1), s.30(1)(b), s.30(1)(c), s.37(1)

 FOI/2016/00014  01/03/2016  31/03/2016  Other The percentage of undergraduates with a II.I grade or higher 2005 - 2010   Granted
FOI/2016/00016 09/03/2016 07/04/2016 Journalist Records re cheating in exams and coursework in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 Part Granted s.15(1)(c). s.37(1)
FOI/2016/00017 10/03/2016 12/04/2016 Journalist Number of students who failed modules in semester 1 and semester 2 of 2014/15; How much money UCC received from exam repeat fees and module repeat fees Granted
FOI/2016/00012 24/02/2016 15/07/2016 Journalist All spending data sent to Dept Public Expenditure & Reform 2014 and 2015. Minutes of the Governing Body for 2015

Part Granted (s.29, 30(1)(b), 30(1)(c), 31(1)(a), 36(1)(b),37(1)

FOI/2016/00019 14/03/2016 18/04/2016 Other Various statistics re numbers of students withdrawing from BA Courses 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 Granted
FOI/2016/00023 27/04/2016 20/05/2016 Journalist Number of live animals procured by the institute during 2015 for the purpose of testing or research, with a breakdown of the number by species; the total cost incurred by the institute in respect of animals procured for the purpose of testing or research during 2015, and details of the companies or individuals to whom these costs were paid.The total amount spent by the institute for the disposal of animal carcasses during 2015 and details of the companies or individuals to whom monies for these services were paid. Part Granted (s.32(1)(b) &(c))
FOI/2016/00025 12/05/2016 17/05/2016 Journalist Various details relating to allegations of sexual assault made by students in each of the years 2008-2016 Refused (s.15(1)(a))
FOI/2016/00027 17/05/2016 14/06/2016 Journalist How many student fining mechanisms does UCC have in place? How much revenue does UCC generate from these fines (past 5 years). How are profits generated from these fines spent? Granted
FOI/2016/00030 15/07/2006 20/10/2016 Other All internal discussion about the re-naming of the Building on the Brookfield campus which is now known as Áras Watson/the Watson Building; all internal discussion about inviting James Watson to UCC in June 2016; any invitation and replies to/from Watson or his representatives in relation to the visit. Part Granted (s.36(1)(b), s.37(1)) 
FOI/2016/00033 11/08/2016 08/09/2016 Journalist Records re courses run by UCC on Irish language translation and/or interpretation Refused (s.15(1)(a))
FOI/2016/00036 01/09/2016 25/10/2016 Business/ Interest Group Details of all contributions received by UCC either directly or indirectly from Apple including contributions to research projects in any department, contributions towards buildings, sponsorship of professorships and sponsorship of events - from 1 January 2011 to 1 September 2016. Refused (s.15(1)(a), 15(1)(c))
FOI/2016/00038 07/09/2016 15/11/2016 Journalist The amount collected in car parking fees in each of the past 5 years; all correspondence concerning expenses claimed by University management in each of the past 5 years; the amount collected in library fines in each of the past 5 years; a list of all pornography and gambling websites accessed or attempted to be accessed on the university's open Wi-Fi or on desktop computers in each of the past 5 years; the number of students disciplined for breaking the university's social network policies in each of the past five years; a complete list of punishments available to the university for any activity by a student which contravenes the rules of the university. Granted (one part refused under s.15(1)(a) - no records exist)
FOI/2016/00039 08/09/2016 30/09/2016 Journalist Number of students caught cheating in exams at UCC in academic years 2011-12 to 2015-16 including year of study, course, method of cheating and how they were caught; disciplinary actions and sanctions placed on these students in each year; the number of students suspended/expelled for cheating in each academic year; the number of students caught cheating more than once in same academic years. Part Granted  (s.37(1), s.15(1)(c) 
FOI/2016/00041 21/09/2016 13/10/2016 Journalist How many full-time counsellors are employed in the Student Counselling Services, what is the average waiting time for a student to see a counsellor, how much is spent on "wellness" or "mental health" initiatives around campus. Part Granted (some info cannot be found - s.15(1)(a))
FOI/2016/00042 04/10/2016 24/10/2016 Other Number of students who got a first in their degree in the academic year 2015/16. How many were male/female. What course had the highest number of firsts achieved. Granted
FOI/2016/00043 03/10/2016 24/10/2016 Journalist Cumulative amounts left outstanding and unpaid by students at 01/10/16 for each of the following: Library rental fees/late return penalties or fines; Exam/module repeat fees; student contribution charges; accommodation fees. + details if penalties UCC can apply and whether it uses a debt collection agency Granted
FOI/2016/00044 06/10/2016 02/11/2016 Other (UL student) Details of registration fees for undergraduate students each year for the last 10 years. All information, notes, minutes of meetings etc on use of registration fees and division of money Part Granted (s.15(1)(a) - some records don't exist)
FOI/2016/00045 10/10/2016 24/10/2016 Business/Interest Group All documentation in relation to the statistics on the application rate and success rate of older academics in senior lecturer application processes at UCC Refused (s.15(1)(a)) - no records exist
FOI/2016/00046 26/10/2016 08/12/2016 Business/Interest Group Policies regarding conflict of interest of staff in receipt of external funding from the private sector; policies for approval of contracts between UCC and/or its personnel and external sources (e.g. research agreements, sponsorships, etc.) this would include UCC's contract management procedure or manual. Granted
FOI/2016/00047 28/10/2016 08/11/2016 Journalist Details of purchase orders in excess of €20,000 for the period August 26 2015 to October 28 2016. Granted
FOI/2016/00048 01/11/2016 16/11/2016 Other Information on the ways in which students have been caught cheating in exams and where your current students come from Part Granted (s.15(1)(c) - voluminous)
FOI/2016/00049 14/11/2016 12/06/2017 Journalist A breakdown of all costs incurred by the University in defending or settling legal claims from 2010 to 14 November 2016. Details of all reports to the President or Board of Governors prepared in order to authorise/approve settlements in actions threatened or issued against the University for same period. Part Granted (s.35(1)(b), 37(1))
FOI/2016/00051 23/11/2016 10/02/2017 Journalist All records concerning the recent acquisition of John Minihan's archive Deemed refusal. Records released in part 10/02/17 (s.37, 31)
FOI/2016/00053 18/11/2016 06/12/2016 Journalist Records pertaining to the breakdown in income and expenditure from student campus accommodation for the academic term of 2014/15 and 2015/16. Refused (s.15(1)(a) - no records exist - records belong to Campus Accommodation Ltd - outside of FOI Act)
FOI/2016/00054 28/11/2016 01/03/2017 Journalist For each of the 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years, the number of students in receipt of a grant from SUSI, the number of recipients of each level of a grant from SUSI, the number of students in receipt of a grant from SUSI who passed the year/who did not pass the year/who are no longer students at UCC and did not graduate. Granted
FOI/2016/00055 15/11/2016 13/12/2016 Journalist The number of students not permitted to graduate due to outstanding library fines in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. An itemised list of the individual totals of the unpaid fines. The current largest outstanding fee at the library. Granted
FOI/2016/00056 06/12/2016 16/01/2017 Other Correspondence between UCC and Brookfield Student accommodation/holiday village concerning student matters/behaviour, noise and anti-social behaviour; number of complaints sent to UCC Discipline Cte (Campus Watch)… Granted
FOI/2016/00057 07/12/2016 10/01/2017 Journalist various records re student accommodation Part Granted (s.15(1)(a), 37(1)
FOI/2016/00058 07/12/2016 09/01/2017 Journalist An itemised breakdown of the amount spent purchasing animals for the purposes of laboratory testing in each of the past five years (incl 2016) Granted
FOI/2016/00059 07/12/2016 11/01/2017 Journalist The amount collected by the University in exam repeat and resit fees for the academic years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014,2014-2015, 2015-2016; the number of students who failed exams in each year, as well as the number of students who repeated exams in each year; the cost an EU and non-EU student must pay to repeat and resit an exam Granted
FOI/2016/00060 07/12/2016 24/02/2017 Journalist Breakdown of number of male/female lecturers/senior lecturers/professors working in UCC in each department; Information on plans to achieve gender equality; how much has been spent on consultancy fees in each of past three years Granted
FOI/2016/00061 07/12/2016 08/02/2017 Journalist All correspondence concerning investments in trust funds using the University's endowment fund including a list of companies/industries where the funds are invested and amount in each case; what is total value of the University's endowment fund; Is the trust made up entirely of donations to the College? Part Granted (s.15(1)(a))
FOI/2016/00062 07/12/2016 19/12/2016 Journalist The number of retired staff members who received lump sum pension payoffs of over €200,000 in each of the past 5 years, including position held by each individual; In total, how much has been paid in lump sum payments in each of the past 5 years. Part Granted (S.37(1))
FOI/2016/00063 16/12/2016 24/01/2017 Journalist The names, job titles, salary scale and precise salary of every person employed by UCC, or hired as a contractor, who is paid over €150,000 per annum, including all those earning €150,000 or more pro rata  Part Granted (s.37(1))
FOI/2016/00064 16/12/2016 02/02/2017 Journalist The procedure that is used to register someone who pays money to UCC on the accounting system including any forms that have to be completed in respect of those persons Granted

Disclosure Log 2015

Reference NumberDate ReceivedDate Completed

Requester Category

Request DetailsDecision
 FOI/2015/00002  02/02/2015  02/03/2015 Journalist  Statistics on the number of bodies donated for anatomical study undertaken by medical students during the years 2012, 2013, 2014 including a breakdown of age and gender; the number of bodies per year that have been usable and unusable for anatomical study by medical students; how many donors have registered their wish for their body to be donated to UCC for anatomical study.  Granted
 FOI/2015/00003  06/02/2015  24/02/2015 Business  Various questions re applications for tender re Middle Eastern Students  Granted
 FOI/2015/00004  16/02/2015  26/03/2015 Journalist  Details of funds raised by UCC in 2013 and 2014 through intellectual property agreements entered into with students who have developed businesses, projects, products or any other money-making ventures while at UCC.  Granted
 FOI/2015/00005  10/03/2015  31/03/2015 Journalist  Records re UCC's purchase of live animals for "scientific testing" (how much money spent, what animals purchased, where bought from) for each of the financial years 2008/9 - 2013/14  Part Granted (s.32(1)(b) &(c))
 FOI/2015/00007  26/03/2015  23/04/2015 Other  The number of students at UCC who did not progress to second year of studies from 2009-2015 plus details of courses of study; reasons for the non-progression of students  Part Granted (s.15(1)(a) - some records don't exist)
 FOI/2015/00008  31/03/2015  21/04/2015 Journalist  Breakdown of legal costs incurred by UCC for the years 2010-2014 broken down by year plus names of legal firms paid by the University Granted 
 FOI/2015/00010  23/04/2015  14/05/2015 Other  Records re travel expenses 2012 - 2015. The amount spent on flights, accommodation etc. on college related business and the measures that the University is taking to ensure money spent on travelling is best value for the taxpayer.  Granted
 FOI/2015/00011  20/05/2015  09/06/2015 Other  Various records regarding the University chaplaincy  Granted
 FOI/2015/00012 20/05/2015 09/06/2015 Other Number of Indian and Saudi Arabian students registered in UCC 2014/2015  Withdrawn
FOI/2015/00014 22/06/2015 02/07/2015 Journalist How many animals have been used for experiments by your institution in 2013-2014 and 2015 to date? What were the species of animal? Granted
FOI/2015/00015 22/06/2015 10/07/2015 Journalist Number of 1st year students admitted under each CAO course code in September 2014 and September 2013; number of students who progressed to second year in September 2014 by CAO course code Granted
FOI/2015/00016 24/06/2015 06/10/2015 Journalist Details of expenditure by UCC on external consultants in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 Part Granted (s.15(1)(c)
FOI/2015/00017 24/06/2015 21/07/2015 Journalist Number of students formally excluded from UCC in 2013 and 2014 and nature of exclusions; number of students disciplined for use or sale of illegal drugs on campus; number of students disciplined for plagiarism/breaking exam rules in 2013 and 2014 Granted
FOI/2015/00018 30/06/2015 20/07/2015 Staff Procurement documentation re PWC's award of Tyndall Job Evaluation exercise Granted
FOI/2015/00019 03/07/2015 03/09/2015 Journalist Correspondence between head of the National Maritime College of Ireland and President of UCC; Correspondence between head of Beaufort Research Laboratory and President of UCC (January - July 2015) Part Granted (s.29, 30, 36, 37)
FOI/2015/00022 14/07/2005 05/08/2015 Journalist How many students availed of the University's counselling services from 2010 to 2014 Granted
FOI/2015/00024 28/07/2015 07/03/2016 Journalist Correspondence between President and Minister for Education and Minutes of Governing Body and UMTO from 1 January 2014 to 28 July 2015. Withdrawn
FOI/2015/00026 11/08/2015 23/09/2015 Journalist How many students with a disability were admitted into the undergraduate medicine, pharmacy and nursing programmes at UCC under the Supplementary Admission Route for the academic years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2013/14 and 2014/15? How many students with a disability graduated from these programmes? What percentage of UCC undergraduate students in these programmes would be recognised as having a disability? What is the current annual expenditure on supports to assist students with a disability across UCC in 2012/13 and 2013/14? Granted
FOI/2015/00027 11/08/2015 25/09/2015 Journalist Records relating to allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harrassment made in the college in the last five years Refused (s.15(1)(a) - no records exist)
FOI/2015/00028 20/08/2015 03/09/2015 Other How is the €165 capitation fee split between USE affiliation and the Mardyke Sports Arena? Granted
FOI/2015/00029 02/09/2015 24/09/2015 Journalist The amount of money currently owed in fees to the University; how long have these fees been owed; what is being done to collect the fees owed; how are the unpaid fees impacting the University. Granted
FOI/2015/00030 03/09/2015 25/09/2015 Journalist Number of students expelled 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13 and reasons why. Granted
FOI/2015/00031 26/08/2015 01/02/2016 Journalist All purchase orders from March 2012 to present day - over €20k Granted
FOI/2015/00032 21/08/2015 09/09/2015 Staff Details of the 13 comparators given to PWC as part of JEE exercise relating to UCC staff based in Tyndall Withdrawn
FOI/2015/00033 21/08/2015 09/09/2015 Staff Name, grade, point on scale, years of service and number of years in current role of every employee in UCC  Withdrawn
FOI/2015/00035 09/09/2015 30/09/2015 Journalist Records re number of animals used in testing 2012, 2013, 2014, reasons for the testing, number and breeds of animals used, any complaints made to the University and policy wording  Granted
FOI/2015/00036 10/09/2015 20/10/2015 Staff Records relating to grades reviewed and 92 job descriptions provided by UCC to PWC what were used by PWC in their research methodology (Tyndall) Refused (s.29(1), 30(1)(a), 30(1)(b))
FOI/2015/00039 29/09/2015 03/11/2015 Other Non pay expenditure report and Income report from Agresso for President's Office Granted
FOI/2015/00040 02/10/2015 15/01/2016 Other Records re complaints of discrimination Withdrawn 
FOI/2015/00041 09/10/2015 10/11/2015 Journalist Cost of Christmas decorations purchased by UCC 2010 - 2014 Granted
FOI/2015/00042 19/10/2015 02/12/2015 Other Number of undergraduates who had to repeat one or more exams or modules during academic years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 Granted
FOI/2015/00044 28/10/2015 09/12/2015 Journalist Details of all monies spent on taxis since 2013. Information on the University's policies on hiring taxis. Details of taxi firms used by the University. Granted
FOI/2015/00045 28/10/2015 11/03/2016 Journalist Records relating to PR firms and consultants Withdrawn
FOI/2015/00046 02/11/2015 23/12/2015 Other "Records relating to decision to allow Minister Dara Murphy TD to complete his BA in UCC" Refused (s.37(1))
FOI/2015/00047 02/11/2015 04/12/2015 Other Amount of money received by UCC from registration fees of its students in 2013 and 2014 and where this money was spent/allocated to. Granted
FOI/2015/00048 04/11/2015 04/12/2015 Journalist Records re live animals purchased by UCC 2012 - 2015, type and number of animals, why they were purchased, costs attached to the purchase and care of the animals, including maintenance and welfare costs Part Granted (some information not available - s.15(1)(a))
FOI/2015/00050 26/11/2015 19/02/2015 Other Records relating to UCC's recruitment of International Students via agencies Refused (s.36(1)(b))
FOI/2015/00051 01/12/2015 21/12/2015 Journalist Various statistics re entry of students into Level 8 medicine course in UCC 2014/15 and 2015/16 Granted
FOI/2015/00053  22/12/2015 26/01/2016 Journalist For the 2015/16 college year: the number of leaving cert CAO applicants and the number of leaving cert students who were accepted and registered. (Requester also asked for number of CAO applicants coming from DEIS schools and from private or grind schools - this information was not available).  Granted
FOI/2015/00054  22/12/2015 13/01/2016 Journalist The current number of members in the following student societies: Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour, Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Green Party, Socialist Workers Party, Renua  Granted

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