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Information Law Policies

Legislation concerning information held by public authorities such as universities, its management and accessibility, is designed to be complementary. All written (or otherwise recorded) information held by public authorities in the UK, and all requests from the public to access this information, are covered by some element from the following list:

This means that any request for information received by the College has legal significance. People have a right to direct a request to any member of staff, without saying under what legislation they are doing so.

Council is responsible for ensuring that the College as a whole complies with all its legal obligations. It has published a Management Framework for Compliance with Information Law describing in formal terms how responsibilities are allocated in relation to the legislation listed above, and defining specific generic responsibilities for all staff.

The College's policies on Data Protection and Freedom of Information explain:

  • the implications of each of the responsibilities which Council has allocated to all staff, and to Heads of Department
  • how to deal with situations which significant numbers of staff are likely to encounter routinely;
  • which situations must be dealt with centrally in the College (and by whom).

The Information Law site is complementary to the Data Protection and Freedom of Information sites (links to which will be found in the left-hand navigation bar), and also incorporates College policies which address the interface between Data Protection and Freedom of Information obligations.

There is no separate College Policy on the Environmental Information Regulations, but the requirements are similar to those of the Freedom of Information Act, and the College Freedom of Information Policy and Guidelines have been constructed in such a way as to cover both. At present the College receives few requests under the Environmental Information Regulations.

Content last modified: 19 Jan 2015

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