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 make a request?
A request for information must be in writing (letter, e-mail or fax).
If you wish to submit a request for information held by the University
of Bath please address it to: James Button, FOI Officer, University of
Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will happen when I have made a request?
You will receive a reply to your request within 20
working days of its receipt confirming whether the University holds the
information you have asked for, and either providing the information or
stating why the information is being withheld.
Please note that the University may make a charge
for the provision of certain types of requested information.
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 disclose:
- 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 make copies of the information I receive?
All University publications are subject to copyright
protection. The Freedom of Information Act does not transfer copyright
in any information supplied under it. You must, therefore, obtain permission
before copying, redistributing or publishing all or part of any information
provided in response to your request.
What do I do if I am not happy with the reply I receive?
If you are not happy with the response you receive you may ask the University
to conduct an internal review. Requests for internal review should be
addressed in writing to: The University Secretary, University of Bath,
Bath BA2 7AY. The University aims to process internal reviews within 20
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the University's
internal review you may appeal to the Information Commissioner. You should
address any appeals of this kind to: The Information Commissioner, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.