Freedom of information

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

    The Freedom of Information Act 2000 lets you request any information held by the university. We are required to provide that information within 20 working days of receipt of a request.

    Any request for information should:

    • be in writing
    • include your name and return address
    • describe the information that you require.

    Publication scheme

    Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all 'public authorities' to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

    Our publication scheme describes the information we publish, or intend to publish. In this context, 'publish' means to make information available, routinely. The information is divided into 'classes' depending on its type. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, our commitment to make the information described available.

    Questions

    If any information does not appear to be listed in our publication scheme, please contact the university's Information Compliance Officer (see contact details at the top of the page).

    Limits of disclosure

    There are some grounds on which the university may refuse to provide information. These include:

    • where (under the Data Protection Act) we are required to maintain the confidentiality of personal information
    • when the cost of providing the information - locating, retrieving and extracting the information requested - exceeds £450
    • where the information being requested is commercially confidential.

    Charges

    Most of the information contained in the Publication Scheme and listed in the guide to information can be downloaded from the website free of charge.  Where information is provided in hard copy form, the University does not normally make a charge for the minor costs of disbursements.  However, where disbursements, such as printing, copying and postage, are significant the University does reserve the right to make a charge to cover its actual administrative costs.  If this is the case, the University will issue an appropriate fees notice to the individual requesting the information.

    Datasets

    Copies of requested datasets will be published on the most appropriate pages of the University’s website depending on their contents. The terms of any specified licence will be indicated at the time of publication.

    Complaints

    If you are not satisfied with our response to a request for information, please write to the address below, stating when and to whom your original request was made.

    Dr Anne Gwinnett
    Director of Corporate Affairs

    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Gipsy Lane
    Oxford OX3 OBP

    If you are still not satisfied after we have investigated your complaint, you can refer it to the Information Commissioner:

    Information Commissioner's Office
    Wycliffe House
    Water Lane
    Wilmslow
    Cheshire SK9 5AF

    Insurance

    Following the introduction of a new regime for low value personal injury claims in 2013, claimants and/or their legal representatives are required to submit any initial Claims Notification Form to the University's registered 'compensator'. Details of Oxford Brookes University's liability insurer are therefore shown below:

    Employers Liability & Public Liability Insurer:
    U.M. Association Ltd
    Hasilwood House
    60 - 64 Bishopsgate
    London
    EC2N 4AW

    Oxford Brookes University Reference Number: UM010/92