Freedom of Information Act - Information for staff

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into force on 1 January 2005. It gives everyone in the world a right to request access to information held by the University. The Act applies to all the University's records (electronic and print) whether current or archived, including emails, letters and committee papers. The University fully supports this increased public access to information, and already publishes a great deal of information on its website.

However, this does not mean that you are now obliged to give away all the information for which you are asked. The University may still not be able to release information for a number of reasons, such as data protection, confidentiality, health and safety or to protect its commercial interests.

What does the Freedom of Information Act mean for me?

When is someone entitled to information?

How can someone make a request for information?

The easiest way for someone to make an FOI request is to email:

Or write to:
Information Rights Officer
Secretary's Office
Senate House
Tyndall Avenue

University Publication Scheme

As part of its FOI obligations, the University has produced a Publication Scheme. This is a list of specific information the University routinely provides to the public and tells the public how to get the information. It includes information about University committees, polices and procedures.

What do I do if someone asks me for information?

All Freedom of Information requests should be forwarded on to the Information Rights Officer for response, at:

It is important that the University keeps a central record of all requests to ensure requests are responded to within the statutory deadline and to monitor the number of requests received.