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The intention of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is to promote a greater degree of openness amongst public authorities by providing people with rights of access to information held by public authorities.

This is done either through the University Publication scheme, or by making a written request (email or postal) for the information sought if it is not included in the Publication Scheme.

The University may not be able to provide all information requested because the information is covered by exemptions of disclosure; if this is the case then we will inform you of this and the exemptions applied.

Under the FOI Act the University is required to provide details of all FOI requests that it has received for the previous three years.

The tables below document the nature and outcome of each FOI request from 1 January 2016 to present.

Copies of FOI responses are available upon request to the Office of the University Secretary at: quoting the specific request reference taken from the tables below.

  • Exemptions

    Please see list of Freedom of Information exemptions below.


    21. Information accessible to applicant by other means.

    22. Information intended for future publication.

    23. Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters.

    24. National security.

    25. Certificates under ss. 23 and 24: supplementary provisions.

    26. Defence.

    27. International relations.

    28. Relations within the United Kingdom.

    29. The economy.

    30. Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities.

    31. Law enforcement.

    32. Court records, etc.

    33. Audit functions.

    34. Parliamentary privilege.

    35. Formulation of government policy, etc.

    36. Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs.

    37. Communications with Her Majesty, etc. and honours.

    38. Health and Safety.

    39. Environmental information.

    40. Personal information.

    41. Information provided in confidence.

    42. Legal professional privilege.

    43. Commercial interests.

    44. Prohibitions on disclosure

  • FOI Section 12 Cost Limit

    Public authorities do not have to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450.