Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act aims to promote greater openness about the way public authorities operate and gives members of the public a right to access information held by public authorities. Queen Mary aims to comply fully with its obligations under the Act and to ensure that the service we provide for those wishing to gain access to information is simple, efficient and effective.
Our publication scheme
As part of our obligations under the Act, we maintain a publication scheme – a gateway to the publications and information that we make available to members of the public. The scheme is broken down into different categories of information: 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 and follows the Model Publication Scheme for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Requests for information
If you wish to make a request for information that is not available under the publication scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the following address:
Records and Information Compliance Manager
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
How to make your request:
- Describe the information you need as clearly as possible – if your request is too broad or unclear, we may ask you to be more specific
- Include your name and address
- There are sometimes valid reasons for withholding certain kinds of information (e.g. if its release may impact on commercial interests). When this is the case, we will explain our reasons.
How long will it take for you to respond?
We will respond to your request within 20 working days of receipt.
Will I have to pay?
In some instances we may apply a small charge (e.g. for photocopying).
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you can request a review. We will send details about how to do this in our reply to your request.
Other types of information request
If you ask for information about yourself, then your request will be handled under the Data Protection Act. Requests may also be made under the Environmental Information Regulations. See this flowchart [PDF] to decide which law applies.
Queen Mary works in partnership with a number of other bodies. In particular, we are part of the University of London and our School of Medicine and Dentistry has close ties with the Barts and The London NHS Trust. The publication schemes of partner organisations may also be relevant.
Information for Queen Mary staff
For advice on the Freedom of Information Act generally and on responding to requests, see: foi.qmul.ac.uk
Data Protection page