Dr Thornton had sent the Registrar an email to ensure the he understood the basic issues of the arrests to ensure he refrained from making erroneous public statements [here]. However, two “junior members” of staff – Drs Sean Matthew & Macdonald Daly – produced a booklet presenting a particularly rosy picture of the arrests titled Academic Freedom and the University of Nottingham. Uni-leaked documents reveal that the Registrar and university management (which includes the Press Spokesman, Jonathan Ray) had provided them with private correspondence of Dr. Thornton [here]. Drs Daly and Matthews openly admit that they had “been able to discuss the issues [surrounding the arrests] with university senior management since virtually day one [of the arrests], and had found them to be quite forthcoming with information, of which they had a good deal” [here – p.35]. They continue: “Whenever we asked senior management for information … we were never denied it”[here – p.36]. Dr. Thornton also details (p72) how management passed on private information about Hicham Yezza’s studies and employment records. Of course the university is a public institution, and like any public institution, it has a duty under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 to process and hold data lawfully – ie, to abide by rules of confidentially and privacy [here]. By admitting that the university shared personal communications with them, especially the email that Dr Thornton had sent to the Registrar in confidence, is evidence that the university management behaved unlawfully. (See p.66-75 for more info on the Mac & Matthews issue).