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

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