23 December 2011 File ref: T/3/7/454 Mr M Petrelis

Dear Mr Petrelis Thank you for your emails of 27 November, 28 November, 29 November (twice), 30 November, 12 December, 15 December and 21 December addressed to the University’s Press Office and Records Management Section, enquiring about the University’s investigation into reports concerning the activities of postgraduate student, Tom MacMaster. The University of Edinburgh has a distinguished history of scholarship and endeavour that has contributed greatly to our society’s intellectual and economic advancement. It is central to the concept of a university that all members of that community treat each other with respect, regardless of their race, disability, ethnicity, gender (including transgender), age, sexual orientation, or beliefs. The University is committed to developing a positive culture, where all staff and students are able to develop to their full potential, and where equality and diversity are embedded in all areas of our work. I confirm that the University has completed its investigation into the potential misuse of the University's computing facilities and in the context of the University's Dignity and Respect Policy and list of Disciplinary Offences. The University is subject to data protection legislation which restricts the information we are allowed to disclose about our students. Under this legislation, we cannot disclose the outcome of University investigations into student conduct; nor can we publish it online. However, I can confirm that Tom MacMaster has given a written assurance that he will not engage in further activities of this kind. More information about the University’s obligations under data protection legislation is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office(http://www.ico.gov.uk/).

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You have requested copies of emails in any way related to the MacMaster investigations from 1 June to 29 November 2011 from the following individuals: Lorraine Waterhouse, Jeff Haywood, Ronald Kerr, Eleanor Cowie, Catriona Kelly, Edd McCracken, Joanne Morrison, Ranald Leask, Norval Scott, and Rob Tomlinson. I am pleased to enclose some of the requested information. You will notice, however, that parts of the documents have been blacked out. I have also withheld some pages. In a number of cases, the withheld information consists of material irrelevant to your request, notably the file paths of some documents and personal or operational information on subjects not related to the investigations, which happened to be in an email which also contained information about them. In the remaining cases, the blacked out information consists of the names and contact details of journalists, the personal data of members of staff, personal data relating to Tom MacMaster, and correspondence from a member of the public who wrote to express concerns about the matter. Providing you with this information would be a breach of the University’s obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 does not require us to provide this sort of information as it is exempt under s 38(1)(b). Copyright in the information you have been given belongs to the University of Edinburgh or to another party. Copyright material must not be copied, distributed, modified, reproduced, transmitted, published (including published on the Internet or an intranet), or otherwise made available in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to conduct a review of this decision. To do this, please contact the University in writing (including by fax, letter or email) or in some other recorded form (e.g. audio or video tape), describe the original request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address for correspondence. You have 40 working days from receipt of this letter to submit a review request. When the review process has been completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to intervene. Yours sincerely

Susan Graham University Records Manager Susan.Graham@ed.ac.uk

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Cheers,

Sunday Times Scotland

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------ Forwarded Message From: KERR Ronald <Ronald.Kerr@ed.ac.uk> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:42:30 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW:

-----Original Message----From: KERR Ronald Sent: 14 June 2011 14:30 To: Subject: RE: Dear Many thanks for your inquiry. I'm sorry but I don't have any contact details for Thomas McMaster. With best wishes Ronnie Kerr Press and PR manager University of Edinburgh -----Original Message----From: Sent: 13 June 2011 17:14 To: BROCKINGTON Anne Subject: Hello Ms. Brockington, I'm trying to reach a Master's student at University of Edinburgh, Thomas MacMaster, for an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, a Canadian TV channel. Would you be able to forward me his email address or pass along my contact info to him? I look forward to hearing from you.

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CBC London Bureau Intern Concordia Journalism Student

------ Forwarded Message From: KERR Ronald <Ronald.Kerr@ed.ac.uk> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:42:06 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: From the Press Office - latest coverage

-----Original Message----From: KERR Ronald Sent: 17 June 2011 17:07 To: KERR Ronald Subject: From the Press Office - latest coverage Please see below a summary of press and broadcast coverage for the University for the past seven days. If you would like copies of any of these articles, please let me know. Many thanks and best wishes Ronnie Kerr Press and PR Manager Communications and Marketing NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (USA), MONTREAL GAZETTE, TORONTO STAR (CANADA), CHINA TIMES (TAIWAN) STATESMAN (INDIA), IRISH EXAMINER, AL JAZEERA, AL ARABIYA, AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, L'EST REPUBLICAIN, LE PARISIEN, ATS (SWITZERLAND), CORRIERE DELLA SERRA (ITALY), EL PAIS, EL CORRERO, LA VANGUARDIA, LA RIOJA, LAS PROVINCIAS, LA VOZ DE CADIZ, LA VERDAD, HOY, EL NORTE DE CASTILLA (SPAIN), PUBLICO (PORTUGAL), ZERO HORA, AE NOTICARIO (BOTH BRAZIL), ALGEMEEN DAGBLAD (NETHERLANDS), THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, EVENING STANDARD, METRO, DAILY MAIL, DAILY EXPRESS, DAILY RECORD, THE SUN, THE SCOTSMAN, THE HERALD, YORKSHIRE POST, PRESS AND JOURNAL, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION, EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS Student Tom MacMaster unveiled as writer of Syrian lesbian blog NEW YORK TIMES Letter writer fondly remembers meeting Prince Philip at 2009 Chancellor's dinner THE NATION (MALAWI) Scotland-Malawi partnership reached £30 million worth of project s in 2010, shows Edinburgh research AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Prof Stuart Sayer (economics) comments on the possible economic impact of Scottish independence AGENCIA EFE, EL PERIODICO DE ARAGON (SPAIN) Researchers from Edinburgh and

Malaga identify material that allows cooling close to absolute zero DER SPIEGEL (GERMANY) Kate Anderson (archeology) investigates multiple uses of Bronze Age spears THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE TIMES, THE INDEPENDENT, DAILY MAIL, INDEPENDENT, DAILY EXPRESS, THE SUN, DAILY STAR, METRO, THE HERALD, THE SCOTSMAN, EVENING EXPRESS (ABERDEEN), EVENING TIMES (GLASGOW), EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS, DAILY RECORD, PRESS AND JOURNAL, COURIER AND ADVERTISER Medical student Robbie Cammack dies in mountaineering accident INDIA PHARMA NEWS, EVENING NEWS, DAILY GAZETTE, TELEGRAPH AND ARGUS, ECHO, DUNDEE EVENING NEWS, EVENING CHRONICLE, SPIRE HEALTHCARE Urine test developed by University scientists could detect gut, stomach and pancreatic cancers much sooner METRO, EVENING NEWS, PHYSORG (online), NANOWERK (online), NANO.COM Edinburgh study reveals carbon nanotubes cause asbestos-like cancer EVENING TIMES, EVENING NEWS, COURIER AND ADVERTISER University takes part in collaborative study into alcohol, smoking and obesity EVENING NEWS, THE TIMES, THE HERALD, DUNDEE EVENING NEWS Edinburgh study aims to quanify number of Scots multiple sclerosis sufferers THE SCOTSMAN, BBC ONLINE, NEWSNIGHT SCOTLAND, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND University of Edinburgh Business School hosts international finance conference EVENING NEWS, DAILY MAIL, METRO, THE HERALD Research shows coated coil devices could prevent aneurysm recurrence DAILY MAIL Prof Lindsay Paterson discusses the impact of SNP plans to scrap external examinations DAILY MAIL Gwynedd Lloyd (education) discusses difficulty in diagnosing ADHD METRO Students climb Chacaltaya mountain in Bolivia to study altitude sickness TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION Swine flu outbreak was more widespread than previously thought, says Prof Mark Woolhouse EVENING NEWS University of Edinburgh's Inspace hosts Staunch Industries fashion show EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS Lesley Forrest and Jill Pilkington among recipients of Queen's birthday honours THE INDEPENDENT Prof Allyson Pollock gives opinion on NHS reform

PRESS AND JOURNAL Edinburgh receives funding to study land changes from bioenergy crops WASHINGTON POST Prof Robert Black discusses issues of controlling Twitter DAILY MAIL Vet School's Matt Hanks discusses equine bonding DAILY EXPRESS, THE SCOTSMAN, EVENING NEWS, EVENING TIMES Edinburgh student Kris Gilchrist to swim for Britain at world championships THE SCOTSMAN Review of ECA's final degree show before merger with University STV ONLINE Edinburgh GeoScientists uncover ancient fjords in Antarctica THE SCOTSMAN Edinburgh's Kathryn Johnstone wins silver at British national swimming championships ------ End of Forwarded Message

------ Forwarded Message From: LEASK Ranald <ranald.leask@ed.ac.uk> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:15:55 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: RE: FOISA request for records related to MacMaster investigations Hello Barbara, I only joined the department two weeks ago, so the only e-mails I have received on this matter were two from Mr Petrelis in the past three days, the main one of which is detailed below. Regards Ranald Leask PR Officer (International) Communications & Marketing University of Edinburgh 5 Forrest Hill Edinburgh EH1 2QL Tel: 0131 651 4357 Mob: 07805 609264 -----Original Message----From: mpetrelis@aol.com [mailto:mpetrelis@aol.com] Sent: 28 November 2011 17:15 To: mpetrelis@aol.com; KERR Ronald; COWIE Eleanor; KELLY Catriona; MCCRACKEN Edd; MORRISON Joanne; LEASK Ranald; SCOTT Norval; TOMLINSON Robert; WOMERSLEY Tara Subject: Re: The Matter of Tom MacMaster Investigations: Accountabilty Back to the Public? Hello again, This email is being sent a second time since the first effort did not produce a reply. I am very much hoping to hear from the university today about the MacMaster investigations. Regards, Michael Petrelis

-----Original Message----From: mpetrelis <mpetrelis@aol.com> To: ronald.kerr <ronald.kerr@ed.ac.uk>; eleanor.cowie <eleanor.cowie@ed.ac.uk>; catriona.kelly <catriona.kelly@ed.ac.uk>; edd.mccracken <edd.mccracken@ed.ac.uk>; joanne.morrison

<joanne.morrison@ed.ac.uk>; ranald.leask <ranald.leask@ed.ac.uk>; norval.scott <norval.scott@ed.ac.uk>; robert.tomlinson <robert.tomlinson@ed.ac.uk>; tara.womersley <tara.womersley@ed.ac.uk> Cc: peter <peter@petertatchell.net>; brettlock <brettlock@gmail.com>; forbes_simond <forbes_simond@yahoo.co.uk>; editorial <editorial@ukgaynews.org.uk> Sent: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 11:30 pm Subject: The Matter of Tom MacMaster Investigations: Accountabilty Back to the Public? Dear University of Edinburgh Press Reps, Readers of my blog have asked me what ever happened to the University of Edinburgh's investigations into Tom MacMaster potentially misusing university computer equipment or violating equality and diversity policies. The answer, of course, is I don't know and that is why I write to you today. I have followed your institution's online paper trail on these serious matters of international importance related to MacMaster and his Gay Girl in Damascus blog hoax, and found this scrap of information from June 24 on your site: The University of Edinburgh is very concerned about recent reports relating to the activities of postgraduate student Tom MacMaster. His use of University computing facilities has been suspended while Vice Principal Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer Professor Jeff Haywood conducts an investigation into possible misuse. The Vice Principal for Equality and Diversity, Professor Lorraine Waterhouse has also been asked to investigate the matter in the context of the University's Dignity and Respect Policy and list of Disciplinary Offences. (Source: http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/all-news/university-investigation.) Unfortunately, five-months later nothing can be found at your institution's web site about the findings of the investigations and raising many questions for me, as a gay blogger in San Francisco deeply concerned about global LGBT people and issues. The matter of your investigations into MacMaster deserves a report back to the public around the world that was duped by him. Let's get to the questions. Have the investigations concluded? If they have, how has the university conveyed the findings to the general public? Where on the web is your paper explaining if MacMaster violated your rules and regulations? Should the investigations be ongoing, why are they taking five-months to conduct and when do you expect them to conclude? Please provide me with the status of the university's accountability to the global human rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights

communities and the date of when you will publicly produce the results of the MacMaster investigations. Should you wish to communicate via telephone, do not hesitate to call me at 1-415-621-6267. I thank you in advance of a prompt response. Regards, Michael Petrelis http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com San Francisco, CA, USA ------ End of Forwarded Message

------ Forwarded Message From: MORRISON Joanne <Joanne.Morrison@ed.ac.uk> Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:26:02 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: URGENT: questions re hoax involving Edinburgh University student Tom MacMaster Dear Barbara, here is an email relating to Tom MacMaster. More to follow. Thanks, Jo -----Original Message----From: Sent: 13 June 2011 08:35 To: MORRISON Joanne; KELLY Catriona Subject: Fwd: URGENT: questions re hoax involving Edinburgh University student Tom MacMaster Forwarding as per Ronald Kerr's out of office message. ---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Michael Peel <michaelpeelft@gmail.com> Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM Subject: URGENT: questions re hoax involving Edinburgh University student Tom MacMaster To: ronald.kerr@ed.ac.uk

Dear Sir or Madam

I am sure I am one of many journalists getting in touch with you about the story that , Tom MacMaster, an Edinburgh University student, has now claimed to be the sole author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog:

http://damascusgaygirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/apology-to-readers.html <http://damascusgaygirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/apology-to-readers.html>

As you will be aware, this story has attracted an enormous amount of international interest.

1. Is it correct that Mr MacMaster is a history student at Edinburgh

------ Forwarded Message From: MORRISON Joanne <Joanne.Morrison@ed.ac.uk> Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:28:53 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: Media Enquiry directed to the School

-----Original Message----From: OVENDEN Nicholas Sent: 13 June 2011 11:46 To: MORRISON Joanne; KELLY Catriona Cc: JACKSON Alvin Subject: FW: Media Enquiry directed to the School Importance: High Dear Ms. Morrison and Kelly, As Mr. Kerr is on leave today I am forwarding this email to you. I will follow it up with a call. Kind regards, Niko -----Original Message----From: OVENDEN Nicholas Sent: 13 June 2011 11:45 To: KERR Ronald Cc: JACKSON Alvin Subject: Re: Media Enquiry directed to the School Importance: High Dear Mr. Kerr, You may be aware of a number of very recent press reports concerning a person who is reported as being a University of Edinburgh MSc student - our Head of School, Prof. Alvin Jackson, wanted to make you aware that our Graduate School Office has today been approached by one media organisation. The Graduate School has been reminded of Records Management's guidance on disclosure of student information and I understand you will receive a copy of the email sent by the media company presently. If you require any further information from the School or require any other briefing please get in touch with me as I'd be happy to assist. Kind regards, Niko -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Niko Ovenden School Administrative Assistant, Room 02M.26 School of History, Classics and Archaeology University of Edinburgh Doorway 4 Teviot Place Edinburgh EH8 9AG UK Tel: +44 (0)131 650 6693 Fax: +44 (0)131 651 3070 Email: niko.ovenden@ed.ac.uk ------ End of Forwarded Message

------ Forwarded Message From: MORRISON Joanne <Joanne.Morrison@ed.ac.uk> Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:30:52 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: University of Edinburgh statement

-----Original Message----From: MORRISON Joanne Sent: 13 June 2011 16:31 Subject: University of Edinburgh statement Dear all Please find below a statement from the University of Edinburgh about the 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' blog. A University of Edinburgh spokesperson said: "The University will investigate whether the student has breached University computing regulations. The Principal has directed Vice Principal Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer Jeff Haywood to suspend the student's computing privileges pending the outcome of the investigation." We will not be commenting further. Many thanks Joanne Morrison Media and Communications The University of Edinburgh 5 Forrest Hill Edinburgh EH1 2QL 0131 651 4266 www.ed.ac.uk

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------ Forwarded Message From: MORRISON Joanne <Joanne.Morrison@ed.ac.uk> Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:34:29 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: University of Edinburgh statement

-----Original Message----From: MORRISON Joanne Sent: 01 December 2011 10:31 To: babara.laing@ed.ac.uk Subject: FW: University of Edinburgh statement

-----Original Message----From: MORRISON Joanne Sent: 13 June 2011 16:47 To: TOMLINSON Robert Subject: FW: University of Edinburgh statement Rob, please can we have a chat before you go. to speak to you. BW Jo -----Original Message----From: @guardian.co.uk] Sent: 13 June 2011 16:44 To: MORRISON Joanne Subject: Re: University of Edinburgh statement http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/jun/13/syrian-lesbian-blogger-hoa xer-video On 13 June 2011 16:31, MORRISON Joanne <Joanne.Morrison@ed.ac.uk> wrote: Dear all Please find below a statement from the University of Edinburgh about the 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' blog. A University of Edinburgh spokesperson said: "The University will investigate whether the student has breached University computing regulations. The Principal has directed Vice Principal Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer Jeff Haywood to suspend the student's computing privileges pending the outcome of the investigation." is very keen

------ Forwarded Message From: SCOTT Norval <Norval.Scott@ed.ac.uk> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:16:27 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: Student imprisoned in Syria? This is all I've got. Norval -----Original Message----From: KELLY Catriona Sent: 13 June 2011 09:55 To: TOMLINSON Robert; BORTHWICK Anna; WOMERSLEY Tara; KERR Ronald; SCOTT Norval; MORRISON Joanne Subject: FW: Student imprisoned in Syria? For info, Tom McMasters is a student here. Catriona Kelly Press and PR Office University of Edinburgh T: 0131 651 4401 M: 07791 355940 -----Original Message----From: MACKAY Alan Sent: 13 June 2011 09:44 To: MACLEOD Derek; NASH Ed; KELLY Catriona Subject: RE: Student imprisoned in Syria? Thanks Derek. I saw this early this morning and I have informed Kim Waldron and colleagues at IMES and CHSS. Best, Alan -----Original Message----From: MACLEOD Derek Sent: 13 June 2011 09:39 To: MACKAY Alan; NASH Ed Subject: RE: Student imprisoned in Syria? Both, I don't know if you've seen this story on the BBC which was updated this morning, highlighting that the author of the blog is in fact a 40-year old male American student here at the University. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13744980 I've checked on EUCLID and this time it is clear that he is a student here and thus we may find that we get some enquiries related to this in the coming days. He's been getting a lot of stick online (and I've already heard a number of people question whether 'an institution like Edinburgh would want a student link this?' and so I suspect this might not be the last we've heard of this. I appreciate that we won't say anything specific but thought it was best to let you know.

Cheers, Derek Derek MacLeod International Officer - Middle East and Africa The University of Edinburgh Web: www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international Email: Derek.MacLeod@ed.ac.uk Tel.: +44 (0)131 650 4296 / 9957 ************************************************************** The University of Edinburgh - Influencing the world since 1583 **************************************************************

-----Original Message----From: MACKAY Alan Sent: 09 June 2011 17:07 To: NASH Ed; MACLEOD Derek Subject: RE: Student imprisoned in Syria? Thanks Ed. We can't comment re Data Protection. All seems a little odd to me and we have not been contacted or requested to act by anyone in relation to this. Best wishes, Alan -----Original Message----From: NASH Ed Sent: 09 June 2011 11:27 To: MACKAY Alan; MACLEOD Derek Subject: Student imprisoned in Syria? Hi Alan, Derek The Evening News have noticed this story. They want to know if we have been contacted by the US State Department, or equivalent, regarding the blogger who may / may not be an Edinburgh student and may / may not have been imprisoned in Syria. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/a-gay-girl-in-damascus-cal led-into-question--missing-or-not/2011/06/08/AGT7svLH_blog.html The reporter at the Evening News is Chris Marshall. I am assuming we can neither confirm nor deny that anyone is a student and any communications regarding students would be anonymous. However, this is

clearly worth us keeping our eyes on. Can you confirm where we stand for me - it may be best to call, I am on 650 6382. Best wishes, Ed Ed Nash Press & PR Officer (International) +44 (0) 131 650 6382 +44 (0) 7854 898 218 The University of Edinburgh Visit Edinburgh Global, the University's international online home, at http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/edinburgh-global ------ End of Forwarded Message

From: LAING Barbara Sent: 12 December 2011 11:25 To: CRANSTON Sara Subject: FW: Syria Barbara Laing Publications Manager Communications and Marketing The University of Edinburgh C Floor Forrest Hill Building 5 Forrest Hill Edinburgh EH1 2QL T +44 (0)131 650 9848 F +44 (0)131 650 2253 E Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk W www.ed.ac.uk ------ Forwarded Message From: TOMLINSON Robert <Robert.Tomlinson@ed.ac.uk> Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:01:54 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: Syria

-----Original Message----From: WATT Rio Sent: 13 June 2011 10:43 To: TOMLINSON Robert Cc: WALDRON Kim; MACKAY Alan; CONN Ian Subject: RE: Syria Hi Rob I have just listen to Tom McMaster speaking in a radio interview where he confirms that he is working on his dissertation at University of Edinburgh. I still would recommend that we would not confirm or deny that he is our student and by doing so try to avoid getting pulled into this debate that is raging in the news this morning. All my staff have been instructed to refer all callers to C&M Re using Edinburgh University equipment for blogging. This is a difficult one as the majority of our students use our equipment to access social network sites such as Facebook, Bebo, Twitter and blogging and the university actively uses some of these to communicate with students. I am quite sure that not all the material posted is wholesome and therefore Regards

I've forwarded this message to Fiona Boyd, so that the Principal is aware. You may have already done so as well. Best wishes, Kim -----Original Message----From: MACKAY Alan Sent: 13 June 2011 09:43 To: WALDRON Kim; Stephen Hillier Cc: RENNIE Janet; BOOTH Marilyn; NEWMAN Andrew Subject: Syria Importance: High Dear Kim, For information: the following is a student here at the University. He is claiming to be behind the blog regarding an alleged gay student being imprisoned in Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13744980 Press Office are receiving a number of calls on this, it is covered in many national newspapers today and this may require action at this end. I have copied colleagues from CHSS and IMES into this reply. Best wishes, Alan Alan Mackay Director International Office University of Edinburgh 57 George Square Edinburgh, EH8 9JU, Scotland Tel +44 131 6504315 Fax +44 131 6684565 www.ed.ac.uk/about/edinburgh-global ------ End of Forwarded Message

From: LAING Barbara Sent: 12 December 2011 11:25 To: CRANSTON Sara Subject: FW: Syria Barbara Laing Publications Manager Communications and Marketing The University of Edinburgh C Floor Forrest Hill Building 5 Forrest Hill Edinburgh EH1 2QL T +44 (0)131 650 9848 F +44 (0)131 650 2253 E Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk W www.ed.ac.uk ------ Forwarded Message From: TOMLINSON Robert <Robert.Tomlinson@ed.ac.uk> Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:02:05 +0000 To: LAING Barbara <Barbara.Laing@ed.ac.uk> Subject: FW: Syria

-----Original Message----From: WATT Rio Sent: 13 June 2011 11:48 To: TOMLINSON Robert Subject: RE: Syria Hi Rob Let me know what the decision is Thanks Rio -----Original Message----From: TOMLINSON Robert Sent: 13 June 2011 11:47 To: WATT Rio Cc: WALDRON Kim; MACKAY Alan; CONN Ian Subject: RE: Syria Thanks Rio - My feeling is that if he's confirmed he's a student himself on the radio, then it might look a bit odd if we don't. Am waiting for a steer from Principal and Secretary in the meantime on what we do/don't say in

terms of the wider issues. Regards, Rob -----Original Message----From: WATT Rio Sent: 13 June 2011 10:43 To: TOMLINSON Robert Cc: WALDRON Kim; MACKAY Alan; CONN Ian Subject: RE: Syria Hi Rob I have just listen to Tom McMaster speaking in a radio interview where he confirms that he is working on his dissertation at University of Edinburgh. I still would recommend that we would not confirm or deny that he is our student and by doing so try to avoid getting pulled into this debate that is raging in the news this morning. All my staff have been instructed to refer all callers to C&M Re using Edinburgh University equipment for blogging. This is a difficult one as the majority of our students use our equipment to access social network sites such as Facebook, Bebo, Twitter and blogging and the university actively uses some of these to communicate with students. I am quite sure that not all the material posted is wholesome and Regards Rio -----Original Message----From: TOMLINSON Robert Sent: 13 June 2011 10:15 To: Rio Watt Subject: FW: Syria

-The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. -----Original Message----From: MACLEOD Derek Sent: 13 June 2011 10:13 To: TOMLINSON Robert; WALDRON Kim; CONN Ian; MACKAY Alan; BOYD Fiona Cc: Catriona Kelly; BORTHWICK Anna Subject: RE: Syria

1 July 2011

I will not engage in any further actions of this kind whilst a student of the university.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas MacMaster

On another matter Principal has asked me to look into the issue which has come up with one of our students. I would be grateful if I we could arrange to meet next week to discuss the background. Would you be so kind as to suggest some times which are convenient for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish any further information. Thank you. With best wishes Lorraine On 17/06/2011 16:28, OVENDEN Nicholas wrote:Thank you Niko. Most helpful. Would 4 for half an hour work for Alvin? I will come to you. With best wishes, Lorraine > Dear Prof. Waterhouse, > > Apologies I missed your call yesterday. > > Prof. Jackson has asked if any time Monday afternoon is suitable for you. Please let me know if this is ok, and what time is most preferable. I hope to hear from you soon regarding this. > > Kind regards, > Niko > > -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=> Niko Ovenden > School Administrative Assistant, Room 02M.26 > School of History, Classics and Archaeology > University of Edinburgh > Doorway 4 > Teviot Place > Edinburgh > EH8 9AG > UK > > Tel: +44 (0)131 650 6693 > Fax: +44 (0)131 651 3070 > Email: niko.ovenden@ed.ac.uk > On 16/06/2011 22:21, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Would it be possible for you to send it to me before you , if and only if it would be ethical for you to do so and for me to look at it??? Regards, Lorraine > Hmmm.....looks like it has been taken down/blocked > > i have the archive saved on my work PC

> > bw > > jeff n 20/06/2011 08:59, Alvin Jackson wrote:Thank you Alvin. See you there then. . I would be grateful to know if you would like to join me. And if so would Thursday this week say 3pm work? All best, Lorraine > Dear Lorraine, > > Many thanks for your message. 4pm today, Monday, in my office suits very well. I look forward to meeting up. > > Best wishes, Alvin. > > > Quoting Lorraine Waterhouse <lorraine.waterhouse@ed.ac.uk> on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:43:28 +0100: > >> On 17/06/2011 16:28, OVENDEN Nicholas wrote:Thank you Niko. Most helpful. Would 4 for half an hour work for Alvin? I will come to you. With best wishes, Lorraine >>> Dear Prof. Waterhouse, >>> >>> Apologies I missed your call yesterday. >>> >>> Prof. Jackson has asked if any time Monday afternoon is suitable for you. Please let me know if this is ok, and what time is most preferable. I hope to hear from you soon regarding this. >>> >>> Kind regards, >>> Niko >>> >>> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=>>> Niko Ovenden >>> School Administrative Assistant, Room 02M.26 >>> School of History, Classics and Archaeology >>> University of Edinburgh >>> Doorway 4 >>> Teviot Place >>> Edinburgh >>> EH8 9AG >>> UK >>> >>> Tel: +44 (0)131 650 6693 >>> Fax: +44 (0)131 651 3070 >>> Email: niko.ovenden@ed.ac.uk

>>> >> >> >> ->> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in >> Scotland, with registration number SC005336. >> >> >> > > > > Alvin Jackson, > Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History & > Head of School, > School of History, Classics & Archaeology, > University of Edinburgh, > Edinburgh EH8 9JY. > n 20/06/2011 08:55, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Alas it will not allow me to open. I would be grateful for a PDF version. Kind regards, Lorraine > Hi Lorraine > > it was world-readable so i dont think there is an ethical problem > > > > file attached. > > save to your PC / Mac and doubleclick. it should open as the blog - the videos are elsewhere and not accessible. let me know if it doesnt work and i can produce you a PDF version. > > bw > > jeff > > > -----Original Message----> From: WATERHOUSE Lorraine > Sent: 20 June 2011 08:48 > To: HAYWOOD Jeff > Subject: Re: re > > On 16/06/2011 22:21, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Would it be > possible for you to send it to me before you , if and only if > it would be ethical for you to do so and for me to look at it??? > Regards, Lorraine >> Hmmm.....looks like it has been taken down/blocked

Thank you. With all good wishes Lorraine -The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. On 01/07/2011 19:30, Alvin Jackson wrote:Thank you Alvin. I am so sorry. I was in and not picking up email. I will call your office to see if the letter had arrived now. Kind regards, Lorraine > Dear Lorraine, > > If by any chance you pick up this message this evening (Friday 1 July) could you possibly call me on and there's an issue which I'd like to discuss quickly. I have seen no paperwork of any kind yet. > > Best wishes, Alvin. > > > Quoting Lorraine Waterhouse <lorraine.waterhouse@ed.ac.uk> on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:06:20 +0100: > >> Quoting Alvin Jackson <alvin.jackson@ed.ac.uk> on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:38:55 +0100:Thank you Alvin. I look forward to speaking this evening. I will try to call about 6:30. >> >> Kind regards >> >> Lorraine 04/07/2011 09:56 Dear Jeff I will call before going to graduation. Kind regards Lorraine -------- Original Message -------Subject: Discipline Case Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 09:54:39 +0100 From: GERRARD Cat <Cat.Gerrard@ed.ac.uk>

Reply-To: GERRARD Cat <Cat.Gerrard@ed.ac.uk>, RENNIE Janet <Janet.Rennie@ed.ac.uk> To: WATERHOUSE Lorraine <lorraine.waterhouse@ed.ac.uk> CC: RENNIE Janet <Janet.Rennie@ed.ac.uk> Sent on Behalf of Janet Rennie Dear Lorraine I understand that you and Jeff Haywood have jointly been looking into a recent fairly high profile student disciplinary case. I have been asked by our Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Head of one of the Schools to which this student has applied for further study to advise them on actions they may take. Please could you phone me about this as soon as possible (50 6621), or alternatively could we meet this week to discuss it please? I am afraid there is some urgency about this. With all best wishes, Janet ___________ Cat Gerrard Secretary to Director of Academic and Student Administration and Dean of Undergraduate Studies College of Humanities and Social Science University of Edinburgh 55 George Square Edinburgh EH8 9JU Email: Cat.Gerrard@ed.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3166 Website: http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland with Registration Number SC005336 -The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. On 10/07/2011 10:14, Alvin Jackson wrote:Thank you Alvin. I spoke with Dorothy when you were away. . Let me know please if you would like me to give you a call. All best wishes, Lorraine > Dear Jeff and Lorraine, > > Many thanks indeed for forwarding this to me. > > Best wishes, Alvin.

On 08/08/2011 11:11, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Is there a time when I might call you later today? Kind regards, Lorraine > Kim, Lorraine > > i am about to talk with Records Mgt about this - they tried to catch me last week but failed so i promised to talk to them today > > jeff > > > -----Original Message----> From: WALDRON Kim > Sent: 08 August 2011 11:10 > To: owner-foi-requests-press@lists.ed.ac.uk > Cc: WATERHOUSE Lorraine; HAYWOOD Jeff > Subject: FW: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites > > Dear Susan, > > Many thanks for copying me on this response. I wonder if this request would cover the recent issue of the masters student who was investigated regarding his alleged activity as a Syrian woman? The Principal asked VPs Lorraine Waterhouse and Jeff Haywood to investigate. I have copied them on this email. Could you please check with them to determine whether or not this instance should be reported? > > Best wishes, > Kim > > -----Original Message----> From: owner-foi-requests-press@lists.ed.ac.uk [mailto:owner-foi-requestspress@lists.ed.ac.uk] On Behalf Of HUNTER Susan > Sent: 25 July 2011 15:36 > To: foi-requests-press@lists.ed.ac.uk > Subject: FW: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites > > * This message has been sent to staff who must be consulted regarding freedom of information requests from the press. * > > Dear colleagues > > I attach below an original FOI request and a draft response for comment. > > I would be grateful to receive your comments by Thursday 11 August 2011. (This request is due for response by 18 August 2011.) > > Regards, > > Susan

> > Susan Hunter > Academic Services > > -----Original Message----> From: AAPS Records Management > Sent: 21 July 2011 13:48 > To: HONEYMAN Gail > Cc: HUNTER Susan; MCCLOSKEY Jane > Subject: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites > > Dear Gail > > We have received a freedom of information request from a member of press concerning discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites at the University in the past 5 years which is within your area of responsibility. A copy of the request is attached for reference. > > Please could you deal with this request within the timeframe of 15 working days and pass it to the University Secretary and Press Office for comments by 11 August. Please consider any comments and reply to the enquirer by 18 August. > > I am aware that Susan is off on annual leave at the moment so I am cc'ing her in for info. I think Jane will be involved in helping to answer this request so I have included her in the loop also. > > When collecting information from University staff please ensure they are reminded that it is a criminal offence to knowingly delete information that has been requested for a freedom of information or a subject access request. > > Many thanks for you cooperation in this matter. > > Kind regards > > > Jennifer Brown > Records Management Trainee > University of Edinburgh > Old College > South Bridge > Edinburgh > EH8 9YL > > Tel: 0131 651 4253 > > ------------------------------------------> DISPOSE OF UNWANTED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT APPROPRIATELY >

> We know the importance of disposing of old PCs in line with University policy so that data cannot be recovered. The same dangers apply to the disposal of PDAs, mobile phones, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, USB drives, etc. > > To find out what you should do, refer to the disposing of records guidance available from http://www.recordsmanagement.ed.ac.uk. > ------------------------------------------> > The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. > On 09/08/2011 10:21, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. I will call now, looking up your number. L > Hi Lorraine > > i am here now - my afternoon is quite busy but i shall be here 1700hr-1730-ish if that is any use > > jeff > > > -----Original Message----> From: WATERHOUSE Lorraine > Sent: 09 August 2011 10:16 > To: HAYWOOD Jeff > Subject: Re: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites > > On 08/08/2011 11:11, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Is there a time when I might call you later today? Kind regards, Lorraine >> Kim, Lorraine >> >> i am about to talk with Records Mgt about this - they tried to catch >> me last week but failed so i promised to talk to them today >> >> jeff >> >> >> -----Original Message---->> From: WALDRON Kim >> Sent: 08 August 2011 11:10 >> To: owner-foi-requests-press@lists.ed.ac.uk >> Cc: WATERHOUSE Lorraine; HAYWOOD Jeff >> Subject: FW: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related >> to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites >> >> Dear Susan, >>

>> Please could you deal with this request within the timeframe of 15 working days and pass it to the University Secretary and Press Office for comments by 11 August. Please consider any comments and reply to the enquirer by 18 August. >> >> I am aware that Susan is off on annual leave at the moment so I am cc'ing her in for info. I think Jane will be involved in helping to answer this request so I have included her in the loop also. >> >> When collecting information from University staff please ensure they are reminded that it is a criminal offence to knowingly delete information that has been requested for a freedom of information or a subject access request. >> >> Many thanks for you cooperation in this matter. >> >> Kind regards >> >> >> Jennifer Brown >> Records Management Trainee >> University of Edinburgh >> Old College >> South Bridge >> Edinburgh >> EH8 9YL >> >> Tel: 0131 651 4253 >> >> ------------------------------------------>> DISPOSE OF UNWANTED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT APPROPRIATELY >> >> We know the importance of disposing of old PCs in line with University policy so that data cannot be recovered. The same dangers apply to the disposal of PDAs, mobile phones, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, USB drives, etc. >> >> To find out what you should do, refer to the disposing of records guidance available from http://www.recordsmanagement.ed.ac.uk. >> ------------------------------------------>> >> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. >> > > -> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. > > On 09/08/2011 10:33, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Don't know what happened there. Calling you now. L > Hi Lorraine

> > tried to call you on 50 3913 but no reply > > :-( > > my mobile is - that works :-) > > jeff > > > -----Original Message----> From: WATERHOUSE Lorraine > Sent: 09 August 2011 10:20 > To: HAYWOOD Jeff > Subject: Re: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites > > On 09/08/2011 10:21, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. I will call now, looking up your number. L >> Hi Lorraine >> >> i am here now - my afternoon is quite busy but i shall be here >> 1700hr-1730-ish if that is any use >> >> jeff >> >> >> -----Original Message---->> From: WATERHOUSE Lorraine >> Sent: 09 August 2011 10:16 >> To: HAYWOOD Jeff >> Subject: Re: Freedom of information request - Discipline cases related >> to innapropriate use of social networking/blogging sites >> >> On 08/08/2011 11:11, HAYWOOD Jeff wrote:Thank you Jeff. Is there a >> time when I might call you later today? Kind regards, Lorraine >>> Kim, Lorraine >>> >>> i am about to talk with Records Mgt about this - they tried to catch >>> me last week but failed so i promised to talk to them today >>> >>> jeff >>> >>> >>> -----Original Message---->>> From: WALDRON Kim >>> Sent: 08 August 2011 11:10 >>> To: owner-foi-requests-press@lists.ed.ac.uk >>> Cc: WATERHOUSE Lorraine; HAYWOOD Jeff

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