Freedom of Information Act


Policy and Guidelines

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has the aim of promoting greater openness about the way public authorities operate. The Act provides a statutory right with effect from 1 January, 2005 for members of the public, including individuals from outside the UK, to access information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions.

Goldsmiths has two obligations under the Act:

  • To adopt and maintain a  which gives details of the types of publications and information the College can routinely make available to members of the public.
  • To deal with requests for information from individual members of the public.

The College has a duty to respond to requests within 20 working days of receipt of the request.

In some instances, fees or the cost of disbursements (eg for photocopying) may be chargeable. If this is the case, the College will issue a fees notice to the applicant.

Requests for your personal information or environmental information may also be made under the Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations respectively.

Requests under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations should be sent by email to foi ( or made in writing to the Information Governance and Records Manager (G9 DTHB), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK.

Any applicant who is not satisfied with the way their request has been handled should request an internal review. Please see the Internal Review (Word doc download) procedures for more information about this.