Freedom of information
About the Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 promotes greater openness and accountability by the United Kingdom’s public authorities. Amongst other things, it requires us to make known to the public, by means of a Publication Scheme, information which we publish or intend to publish.
In this context, ‘publish’ means to make information routinely available either online or by some other means. A Publication Scheme:
- sets out the classes of information published,
- explains how the information can be obtained or accessed, and
- lists any charges that may apply.
As an individual you are entitled to access information from public authorities including from The University of Northampton itself.
University policy and procedure
Guidance for staff
All employees of The University of Northampton need to be aware of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and be prepared to act quickly if they receive a request for information.
If you receive a request for information that is not something your school or department deals with on a day to day basis or it is unusual it is likely to be a request under the Act. You should:
- refer it to the Records Management Office immediately
- inform a senior manager in your school or department that you have received a request and have forwarded it to us
As we only have twenty working days to locate and provide the information to the person requesting it, the sooner we can start the process the better.
The following flowchart is available to assist staff with the handling of FoI requests:
- Guidance for handling Freedom of Information requests – Flowchart
Tick Tock, produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office, is a short Freedom of Information training DVD that is available to view online
- View Tick Tock online.
Guidance on how to make a request for information held by the University, together with a form that can be completed and submitted to the Records Management Office are also available.
Our online disclosure log provides a searchable index of requests received by the University.
As well as indicating whether or not the information requested was released by the University, the disclosure log provides details of any exemptions that may have been applied to the request. Our response letter, as sent to the requester, is also available to view for requests responded to from the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
If you require further information or help please contact the Records Management Office.