Making freedom of information requests Making freedom of information requests

Introduction to Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect in January 2005 and aims to promote transparency and accountability in the public sector. Under the terms of the Act, individuals have the right to request any information that is held by the University including all digital and print records and information whether current or archived. There are situations where information is not required to be released, or should not be released due to exemptions. The University, as a public body, is obliged to comply with the Act, and all staff have the responsibility to make themselves aware of their obligations under the Act.

What does the Freedom of Information Act mean for the University?

There are two main obligations imposed by the Act on the University:

1.      That UEA must maintain a Publication Scheme, which lists the types and format of information the University routinely provides to the public

2.      That any individual making a request for information is entitled to be informed in writing by the University whether or not the University holds the information, and if it does to have the information communicated to them within the specified time limit of 20 working days.

The University administers and responds to all FOIA requests in accordance with our approved Freedom of Information Act Policy which mirrors the requirements of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs' Section 45 Code of Practice.

The University provides access to the responses it sends to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 via the Disclosure Log.

For more specific guidance and advice on compliance with the FOI Act in your work please visit our guidance for staff page or read our FAQ.

For further information on how to make a request for information, or to make a request please visit our requests for information page or read our FAQ.

Your Rights

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, individuals have the right to request any information that is held by the University. This includes all digital and print records and information regardless of how old the information is and where it is stored. The University has 20 working days in which to deal with a request.

Requests must be submitted in a recorded format (letter, email or fax) and state the name and address of the requestor and what information is required from the University with enough clarity so that we can identify what is being requested.

The University already makes public large quantities of the information that it holds, and a description of all that we publish is available in our Publication Scheme or from the University's Information Policy and Compliance Manager.

For more information and advice on how to request information from the University please visit the requests for information page or read the FAQ for requesters.