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Army Secretariat

Army Headquarters
IDL 24 Blenheim Building
Marlborough Lines
Andover
Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
United Kingdom

Ref: FOI2019/01764 E-mail: ArmySec-Group@mod.gov.uk


Website: www.army.mod.uk

Name: 5 April 2019


Email: @soas.ac.uk

Dear ,

Thank you for your email of 3 January in which you requested the following information:

1.) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit has paid in funds,
including, but not limited to, philanthropic gifts or fees for briefing, training, consultancy, analysis or
research, to the School of Oriental and African Studies in the last eight financial years. Details,
including the purpose of the funds, should be broken down, year-by-year.
2.) If SOAS has provided briefing, consultancy, training, analysis or research to the Defence Cultural
Specialist Unit at any time during the last five years, please provide:
(1) copies of the agendas or programmes for the sessions, including topics discussed and the
names and departments of SOAS staff providing the briefings, and
(2) copies of the briefing or research documents, including Powerpoint presentations,
memoranda and research papers, presented by SOAS staff to the Defence Cultural Specialist
Unit.

I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) 2000.

A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence, and I can
confirm that some/ the information in scope of your request is held and is below and attached:

1.) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit has paid in funds,
including, but not limited to, philanthropic gifts or fees for briefing, training, consultancy, analysis or
research, to the School of Oriental and African Studies in the last eight financial years. Details,
including the purpose of the funds, should be broken down, year-by-year.

The Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) delivers Regional Studies Weeks (RSW) which are
designed and delivered on our behalf by SOAS.
Information on payments from the DCSU to SOAS for RSWs only extend back to May 2017. Costs
for the delivery of RSWs to date are:

£49,500 May 2017


£49,500 October 2017
£49,500 February 2018
£50,000 July 2018
£50,000 November 2018
£62,000 December 2018

The last RSW was delivered in February 2019, but the Department is not yet able to provide a final
cost figure for this event.
2.) If SOAS has provided briefing, consultancy, training, analysis or research to the Defence Cultural
Specialist Unit at any time during the last five years, please provide:

(1) copies of the agendas or programmes for the sessions, including topics discussed and the
names and departments of SOAS staff providing the briefings, and

Please find attached details of previous RSWs held by the MOD as requested above.

(2) copies of the briefing or research documents, including Powerpoint presentations,


memoranda and research papers, presented by SOAS staff to the Defence Cultural Specialist
Unit.

The MOD does not hold information relevant to this request. If you still wish to see these
documents produced by SOAS, it may be possible to access them by contacting the
university directly, or it may be in the public domain as peer-reviewed material.

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Yours sincerely,

Army Secretariat