Information on compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 at Queen Mary University of London
The Freedom of Information Act came fully in to force on 1 January 2005 and all public authorities, including universities, are affected. Members of the public now have a right of access to any recorded information held by the College, subject to certain conditions and exemptions. In other words, individuals have a ‘right to know’ and receive copies of information.
QMUL has two main duties under the Act:
(a) To maintain a Publication Scheme that lists the types of information it can routinely make available to the general public
(b) To deal with requests for information from any individual (or organisation) from any country
The text of the Act can be seen at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents
The provision of advice and certain statutory duties in relation to the Act, including enforcement, comes within the remit of the Information Commissioner's Office.
The Government also provides information about the Act on gov.uk.
Within QMUL advice on the Act can be obtained from the Records & Information Compliance Manager.
Not only is the College as a public authority affected by the Act but so also are the subsidiary companies that it wholly owns.
There is a related Data Protection Policy. Requests for environmental information (which might include enquiries about emissions, waste, radiation, water quality, flora, fauna, etc.) should be answered in accordance with the request handling procedures established for freedom of information requests.
Below are links to advice for members of the College on the operation of the Act and the steps necessary to ensure compliance.
- Queen Mary's Publication Scheme
- Dealing with requests for information under the Act: brief overview
- Dealing with requests for information under the Act: more detailed guidance
- Information exempt from disclosure
- Complaints and Enforcement
- Records Management
For further information and advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org