Freedom Of Information Policy

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Last updated: 20 January 2012.

About the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act") governs the activities of all "public authorities" (PAs), including higher education institutions (HEIs). The full provisions of the act came into force on 1 January 2005. It makes legal provisions relating to two basic principles:

  • The public has the general right to know what information is held by any PA.
  • A PA has the general duty to assist a member of the public to obtain this information, including the responsibility to communicate it directly.

Bath Spa University (BSU) accepts its responsibility to help realise these principles. The pages on this site are designed to help members of the public to gain direct access to the information held by the University, or to apply to obtain the information, where it is not available direct.

To put the freedom of information (FoI) principles into action, all HEIs are required to submit a "Publication Scheme" for approval by its governing body.

The BSU publication scheme gives links to information held electronically, and it is likely that most information the public will want can be found free of charge via the links in the scheme.  Where information is not held electronically, it can be requested from our Information Officer.

This document's structure was approved by BSU's Board of Governors on 24 June 2009.

Contact Details

Queries about the operation of the scheme or BSU's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act should be made to:

Information Officer,
Bath Spa University,
Newton Park Campus,
Newton St Loe,
Bath, BA2 9BN.