Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 has been in force since January 2005. The Act is designed to help increase confidence in public authorities through a greater transparency and openness about procedures and decision-making. FOI places two main responsibilities on the University:
1. To produce a Publication Scheme
Under the Act the University is obliged to produce a Publication Scheme and Guide to Information identifying all the information that the University already publishes. The scheme includes information such as the University Committee structure, term dates, procedures etc. The University has adopted the Information Commissioner's model publication scheme (external link).
2. To respond to requests for Information
FOI gives everyone both from within and outside of the University a right of access to recorded information held by the University. Individuals have the right to be told whether or not the University holds the information and if it is to have the information communicated to them. The University has 20 working days in which to deal with the request.
It is important to note that FOI does not mean that all information must be provided in response to a request, there are reasons including Data Protection, Confidentiality and Commercial Interests that may exempt the information for being provided.
If you wish to request information from the University
If the information you require is in our scheme, the scheme will indicate how you can obtain a copy.
If the information you require is not in our Publication scheme please contact the University in writing. To help us manage your requests please ensure that you include a description of the information you require and an address to which we can provide the information. Requests can be sent directly to the relevant department, however if you are unsure please send your request to:
The University of Exeter
North Park Road
Or electronically to: email@example.com