What is the Publication Scheme?

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Universities are classed as public authorities and as such are required to produce and maintain a publication scheme through which information must be made available proactively.

FOI LogoIn July 2008 the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) introduced a new model publication scheme that all public sector organisations were required to adopt from 1 January 2009. The model publication scheme for higher education institutions lists classes of information that a University would normally hold.

The University must ensure that documents falling into the information classes described by the model publication scheme are made available to the general public.

The University is required to:

  • Show which documents are routinely held (provided that the information they contain is not exempt from being published under the scheme).
  • Provide information about the format in which the documents are available.
  • Indicate how documents can be obtained or accessed, and detail any charges that may apply - Charging Policy
  • Produce or refer to a publication scheme of any wholly-owned subsidiary companies.

Information Classes

The University must provide a guide to the specific information it holds within the scheme’s seven information classes. Each of the seven main classes is broken down into subclasses.

What if the information I need is not online?

To request information available through our publication scheme that is not online, or if you require access to information in a form other than which it is published:


Specific requirements and the manner in which the request may be met will be discussed. Whilst the University will endeavour to be as helpful as possible in providing access to information, the University reserves the right to make a charge to cover any costs incurred in providing information in alternative formats, and the right to decline to respond to requests that would impose an unreasonable administrative overhead.

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Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer is:

Elisabeth Taoudi, Data Protection Officer and In-House Commercial Lawyer, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

0116 229 7640