Freedom of Information (FoI) requests

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) gives a general right of access, subject to certain exemptions, to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, which for the purposes of the Act includes universities. The aim of the Act is to promote greater openness and transparency in how public authorities operate and in their use of public funding.

(Cambridge text edited 12-09-2012)
"As members of a publicly-funded university, you may receive Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoI) or Environmental Information Regulation 2004 (EIR) requests about your research. The University provides some useful concise information for university members on its Freedom of Information pages (Information Assurance Services).

Once the university has received an FoI or EIR request, it has 20 working days to respond (Note: requests can come to any member of the university, not just the FoI officer).

Both FoI and EIR include a number of exemptions and exceptions to protect information such as confidentiality or sensitive data or financially valuable information. If you are concerned, consult your department's FoI officer (if you have one) or the University Information Assurance Services for help determining whether you have to release certain information.

This page provides general guidance rather than legal advice - please follow the links provided for further support and advice.”

Contact Information Assurance Services for advice and guidance.
FoI Information Publication Scheme
FoI Act Code of Practisepdf
FoI for Researchers
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Request Packpdf

Who to contact

For advice about Freedom of Information contact
Information Assurance Services 
+44 (0)116 229 7946

RDM news and events
  1. The University of Leicester Figshare for data digital archive is now available for research staff and PhD students. User guidance on upload/data deposit.
  2. Information Governance training is now available, provided by e-LfH (an NHS organisation). The University has registered to access this NHS resource and individual accounts can be set up by sending name and email address to Andrew Burnham.
  3. There is now a standard University Privacy Impact Assessment process where data collection or receipt, or systems purchase or development may have privacy consequences
  4. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the research PI and/or data owner
  5. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  6. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  7. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact
  8. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  9. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  10. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  11. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  12. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  13. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  14. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  15. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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