About freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals or organisations the right to request information from public authorities such as the University.  It helps to promote a culture of openness and accountability across the public sector.

The University, like other public authorities, is required to produce a publication scheme, which is a guide to how to obtain information which is routinely available.

If you make a formal Freedom of Information request, the University has up to 20 working days to identify whether it holds the information and decide whether the law permits you to have the information.  It will provide as much information as possible free of charge. There are, however, limits on how much time the University can be expected to spend doing this. It is allowed to withhold information that should not be released into the public domain.  If this is the case, you will be told what exemption is being used and given an explanation of why it applies.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is an independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information in the United Kingdom.  There is a range of guidance available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

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