Frequently asked questions - for the public
If you have any questions relating to the Freedom of Information Act
2000 please contact James Button,
the Freedom of Information Officer (extn. 3225).
How do I access information?
There are two ways you can access information held by the University
using the Freedom of Information Act. The first is via the Publication
Scheme which lists the types of information the University makes available
to the public as a matter of routine e.g. prospectuses, the Library and
Learning Centre catalogue and the minutes of some committees. To find
out whether the University publishes the information you would like access
to, have a look at the section of this web page headed 'Finding information
about ...'. The second is by making a request.
Is there any information which the University does not have to make
The Freedom of Information Act outlines some types of information which
are exempt from disclosure. Generally the University is not required to
- Information about living individuals the processing of which is covered
by the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Information that might jeopardize the health and safety of staff,
students or the public.
- Information that might prejudice the University's commercial interests.
- Information that would prejudice the prevention or detection of crime
or the prosecution of offenders.
- Information concerning legal proceedings or investigations being carried
out by the University that might lead to criminal or civil proceedings.
- Information held under obligation of confidentiality.
- Information that is published elsewhere or that is intended for publication
at a later date (e.g. draft versions of documents, information subject
to amendment or approval by the appropriate University body).
Can I access information about me held by the University?
Access to personal information is regulated by the Data Protection Act
1998. If you have any questions relating to information the University
holds about you, contact the Data