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Durham University

Information Governance

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30 November 2000 and fully came into force by 1 January 2005. Its purpose is 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 are not restricted to individuals with a connection to the public authorities or the information. 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:

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