Adopting a Publication Scheme is a legal requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all public authorities to make information it routinely publishes available proactively, through a Publication Scheme.
Section 102 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 adds new provisions to the FOI regarding datasets.
From 1st September 2013 public authorities have faced new obligation when it comes to the release of certain information under the FOIA.
If a public authority is providing information that constitutes a dataset and the requestor has expressed a preference to receive the information in electronic format, the public authority must provide it in a reusable form so far as reasonably practicable.
Under its Publication Scheme public authorities should publish datasets that have been requested, and any updated version it holds, unless it is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so.
Copies of datasets provided by the University are detailed under point 5 below.
Main classes of information
Please see listed below the main classes of information in the Publication Scheme with details on whether information is held by the University and whether or not it is routinely published.
Information can also be accessed using the University’s search engine.
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are going
- How we make decisions
- Policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer
Fees and charges
No charges will be made for any information accessed on-line.
For detailed information please refer to our Freedom of Information Fees Policy.
For information provided in hard copy and where there is no statutory provision for charges our rates for photocopying, reformatting and postage will be as follows:
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Requests for information not available through the Publication Scheme
Requests for information not already made available through the Publication Scheme can be made under Freedom of Information by writing to Mr Eamon Mullan, or by emailing the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests will normally be responded to within 20 days.
It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs.
We welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to Mr Eamon Mullan at the address provided above.
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, Full particulars of the FOI Act, including the Information Commissioner's address and the information leaflet ‘How to Complain’ may be found at https://ico.org.uk
To date no datasets have been published by Ulster University.