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Freedom of information and publication scheme

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 foi-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk or write to the following address:

Records & Information Compliance Manager
Queens' Building
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London
E1 4NS

How to make your request:

  • Describe the information you would like 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

Please note:

  • There are sometimes valid reasons for withholding certain kinds of information (e.g. if its release may impact on commercial interests or it is personal data). 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 or scanning. Please contact us for up-to-date fee scales).

Not satisfied?
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.

Our partners
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 Health 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  

See also:
Data Protection page

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