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What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives people the general right to see recorded information held by public authorities. The Act helps to provide a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, make decisions and spend public money. 

Under FOI, anybody may request information from any public authority, including Higher Education institutions, which has functions in England, Wales and/or Northern Ireland. 

The Act confers two statutory rights on applicants:

1. To be told whether or not the public authority holds the information they request; and if so,

2. To have that information communicated to them.

FOI compliance within the University is part of the duties of the Compliance Team within the Division of Strategic Planning and Governance.

If you require any information or guidance on FOI, please contact: or telephone Rosalind Ryan-Mills on +44 (0) 1524 593247.

Please visit the Lancaster University Freedom of Information web site for further details.

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