University Solicitor's Office

Freedom of Information, Publication Scheme

Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to promote greater openness and accountability across the public sector.

The Publication Scheme describes the information the University publishes, or intends to publish. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the University's commitment to make available the information described.

Canterbury Christ Church University has adopted the model publication scheme developed for the Higher Education sector and is therefore committed to publishing the information it describes.

Please click on the links on the left to read the full introductory remarks, and to view the complete publication scheme for Canterbury Christ Church University.

Information for Staff

Five key points every member of staff needs to know

1. You have a maximum of 20 working days to answer any written request for information, including email.
2. If a request concerns your area and information can be released, avoid complications by following the procedures in Freedom of Information: A Guide to Handling Requests [FOI2]
3. Contact your line manager or supervisor if are unsure about any aspect of the request, or if it does not relate to your area of work.
4. Contact the Assistant University Secretary if you want to refuse any request, it is complicated or requires a great deal of work.
5. Remember all work documents (including emails) could potentially be released under an information request.

The Assistant University Secretary, Robert Melville, is able to give advice and assistance relating to freedom of information (extension 2281; email: foi@canterbury.ac.uk )

The following guidance and information is available

Freedom of Information: A Briefing Paper
A brief overview of freedom of information

Freedom of Information: A Guide to Handling Requests
A guide to handling freedom of information requests

Freedom of Information: Fees Charges
Usually information is provided free of charge, but there is a fees charging policy for the rare exceptions

Freedom of Information Act 2000: Questions and Answers
A questions and answers paper that explores the context and details of freedom of information

Procedures for Appeals and Complaints Relating to Information Access and Handling
The procedures that apply when an enquirer wish to make an appeal or a complaint relating to freedom of information