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

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