The Freedom of Information Act is intended to allow anyone in the community to obtain information they require from publicly-funded bodies. Hence, the University is covered by the legislation, which places three basic requirements on us:
- that we routinely put in the public domain as much information about ourselves as is reasonably possible
- that we ensure that, where an individual requires information that we hold but have not already published, we provide the enquirer with the relevant information
- that we have in place a properly structured approach to managing records to ensure that essential records of our activities are maintained in appropriate detail (and hence relevant information is readily available to the public).
This guide is specifically designed to help you deal with requests for information that come under the terms of the Act.