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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was passed to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities by providing the public with rights of access to the information they hold. These rights facilitate better understanding of:

  • How public authorities carry out their duties.
  • Why they make the decisions they do.
  • How they spend public money.

Universities fall within the definition of public authorities.

The Act establishes certain rights for the public and places responsibilities on Durham University associated with those rights, principally:

  • The maintenance of a Publication Scheme, which acts as a guide to the information the University routinely publishes about itself.
  • The public right to request recorded information held by the University and not covered by an exemption, in addition to that information within the Publication Scheme. A request needs to be made in writing. More information on requesting information is available on this site.

Further information on FOI can be found on the Information Commissioner's website: