Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

Welcome to the University of Bristol Publication Scheme. This Scheme has been organised in line with the Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme for Universities and has been effective from 1st January 2009.

The Scheme is a guide to the information the University intends to publish routinely to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

The University strives to be as open as possible in its attitudes, operations, policies and processes, and is pleased to share information about its activities.

The Scheme is operated by the University Secretary's Office. If you have any comments to make regarding the Scheme please contact the Information Rights Officer at

University of Bristol Publication Scheme (PDF)

How can someone make a request for information?

The easiest way for someone to make an FOI request is to email:

You may also write to the Information Rights Officer at:

Secretary's Office
Senate House
Tyndall Avenue

What is a Publication Scheme?

A Publication Scheme is a document setting down, in a clear and structured way, the different types of information about the University.  Information is grouped into sections to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.

What information is available in the Scheme?

The categories of information are as follows (as set out in the Information Commissioner's guidance):

When will information in the Scheme be published?

Information in the Scheme will only be published when it has been approved by the highest relevant University authority or, in the case of meeting minutes agendas, and papers, when the committee Chair has approved them.

For how long will information in the Scheme be published?

The most recent approved versions of policies or guidelines will be published.  Council papers and minutes will be published on a rolling basis.  Responses to consultation exercises will be published after approval for three months.

What about information not included in the Scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act has been in effect since January 2005 giving the public a general right of access to information held by the University.  Requests for access must be made in writing and the University might charge a fee for providing the information. For more details on charging click here.

Once it has received the fee, the University must respond to requests within 20 working days by:

What about information about me?

Individuals already have the right of access to your personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998.  Such requests will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.

What information won't the University publish?

The University will not publish the following information unless there is a legal obligation to do so:

Any such information that is discussed by University committees will be taken as Reserved Business, and will not be published.

The University does not have to provide information if the cost of locating and retrieving it is more than £450, and it can refuse to answer requests from people who repeatedly ask for the same or similar information.

Information on the University Published Elsewhere

Information about the University is also published by:

The University of Bristol Acts 1909, 1960, 1974 can be purchased in hard copy and alternative formats from The Stationery Office:

TSO, PO Box 29, St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich  NR3 1GN, Tel 0870 600 5522, Fax 0870 600 5533, Email:

The Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner regulates Freedom of Information in the UK.