freedom of information policy

the freedom of information act 2000 gives the public a general right to access information held by the university, as  a public body, subject to certain conditions and exemptions.

the university's freedom of information policy aims to provide a framework through which aston can develop a culture of openness, transparency and accountability promoted by the foi act. the foi brief guide provides a summary of key information about freedom of information for staff and students.

the foi act provides greater openness and accountability across the public sector and gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. under the provisions of the act you can access information held by the aston university in two ways: via the university publication scheme or by a right of access request.

university publication scheme

the information you are looking for may already be accessible. the university makes a huge amount of information publicly available via its website. the publication scheme is a guide to the types of information that the university publishes or intends to publish as a matter of routine.

on 1 october 2011 the university adopted the model publication scheme prepared and approved by the information commissioner.

information contained in the university publication scheme

  1. who we are and what we do
  2. what we spend and how we spend it
  3. our priorities
  4. how we make decisions
  5. university policies and procedures
  6. lists and registers
  7. services we offer
  8. frequently asked questions for staff
  9. frequently asked questions for members of the public

right of access request

you may submit a request for information in writing, preferably using a freedom of information request form. on receipt of a completed freedom of information request form, the university will inform you whether it holds the information in question and, if it does, subject to exemptions set out in the act, supply that information to you within 20 working days.

please help us to provide the information you require quickly and efficiently by describing it in as much detail as possible and by returning the completed freedom of information request form or a written request to:

compliance officer,
legal services,
aston university,
aston triangle
b4 7et 


if you have difficulty in identifying the precise information you require, or are unable to make the application in writing, please contact the university’s compliance officer (foi we will provide information within 20 working days if we do no need to seek clarification on the specification of the information required.

further information

more information about the freedom of information act is available on the information commissioner’s website at: //

please note that scotland has its own freedom of information act and information commissioner. for more information, please see the scottish executive’s website at: //