Freedom of information


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been in operation since 2005. Its purpose is to promote transparency and openness in public bodies.

This is done in two ways:

1. The University must make some standard information about themselves available through a Publication Scheme (see below).

2. Any person may make a written request for information held by the University and should receive a response within 20 working days.

Making a request

If you wish to make a request for information held by the University:

1. Email providing your name and details of the information you require.

2. Write directly to: Freedom of Information and Data Protection Specialist, University of Plymouth, 16 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA.

Find out more about how to make a request.

If you'd like to request information relating to yourself, this is done as a subject access request under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Please refer to our Data Protection pages for further guidance.

What happens next?

Your request will be acknowledged and we'll carry out a search for the information you require which will be provided to you within 20 working days.

Sometimes we may not be able to release the information you request. This is because some information is exempt from disclosure under the Act such as:

  • information relating to another person
  • information which has implications for health and safety
  • information which would prejudice the University’s commercial interests.

If we're unable to provide you with the information you request, we'll explain why.

Please note that depending on your request we can charge a fee if the cost of finding the information is in excess of £450. We may also charge for postage and photocopying.

If you're not satisfied with how your request has been handled you can request a review. We include details about how to do this in all responses to FOI requests.

Freedom of information

Model publication scheme

From 1 January 2009 the University adopted the revised model publication scheme issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Information about the University 

You can access a significant amount of information about the University here on our website. In addition, the University has produced a guide to assist individuals in accessing the information we produce. The guide is divided into a number of sections and includes information about the following:

  • who we are and what we do
  • what we spend and how we spend it
  • what our priorities are and how we are doing
  • how we make decisions
  • our policies and procedures
  • lists and registers
  • the services we offer.

Download our publication scheme guide.

If you'd like a hard copy of any or all sections of the guide, or if you need the information in an alternative format, please contact the University using the contact details provided in the 'Making a request' section on this page.