The substantive limitations, or exemptions, ensure a proper balance is achieved between the right to know, the right to personal privacy and the delivery of effective information.
Examples of exemptions are:
- Information available elsewhere.
- Information provided in confidence.
- Personal data.
- Information which substantially prejudices the commercial operations of the University.
- Information intended for future publication.
For further information on Exemptions see Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 2000: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/part/II
What if the University does not hold the information?
The University will not provide information analysed to any greater level of detail than normally provided within our standard publications. If we do not hold the information you have requested then you will be contacted and informed of this.
The Act states that we must release information we hold, but we do not have to produce new information in response to a request. Sometimes we may produce a summary of what we hold, if this is acceptable. We may ask you to wait until the information you require is published.
We will not undertake fresh research on a subject in response to a request.
Further Reading and Guidance
The UK Information Commissioner has produced an Awareness Guidance document called Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Awareness Guidance No. 3 available on the UK Information Commissioner website at www.ico.org.uk
The Department for Constitutional Affairs has also produced guidance on exemptions which can be found at www.dca.gov.uk/foi/guidance/index.htm.