Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act 2014
The main objective of the Freedom of Information Acts is to foster and develop a culture of openness, transparency and accountability in public bodies. The Acts confer three legal rights on individuals:
- The right to obtain information held by the University.
- The right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.
- The right to have official information relating to oneself amended where it is incorrect, incomplete or misleading.
The University's obligations
The Acts are designed to provide a right of access to information held by public bodies to the greatest extent possible. However, the Acts by making certain exemptions, seeks to achieve a balance between the right of access on the one hand, and on the other, the right to privacy and in some cases the public interest in maintaining confidentiality.
Under the Acts the University is legally obliged to publish detailed information regarding all aspects of its activities. It is also obliged to establish mechanisms for handling Freedom of Information requests and to assist individuals in doing so.
The Freedom of Information Acts impact to some extent on many aspects of University life.
The Freedom of Information Officer
A Freedom of Information Committee oversees the continuing implementation and development of the Freedom of Information Acts in the University. The Freedom of Information Officer is responsible for ensuring that the University meets its legal obligations under the Acts and to assist students, staff and the general public in exercising their rights under the Acts.
The Freedom of Information Officer is Ann McKeon. She will be glad to answer any questions you may have or discuss any issues that may arise as a result of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Acts.
Updated July 2017