The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) gives individuals general right to access recorded information held by Scotland's public authorities, promoting greater openness and accountability across the public sector.
Information can only be withheld where FOISA expressly pemits it.
Scottish public authorities are defined under Schedule 1 of the Act (FOISA) and includes Higher Education institutions, such as the University of Aberdeen. The Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC) enforces information laws and the right of public access to public sector information.
FOISA is concerned with:
The University has adopted the single Model Publication Scheme 2013, produced and approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
It commits the University to:
The Secretary to the University has overall responsibility for the University's publication scheme. The University's Freedom of Information Officer has day-to-day responsibility for running the scheme.
The Publication Scheme is reviewed annually to ensure links are current and information updated.
Last reviewed 23 February 2016.
The present publication scheme is currently being assessed to ensure compliance with the Scottish Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme 2015, with a completion date expected 28 February 2017.
Details of Publication Schemes for Subsidiary Companies are available here
Freedom of Information Officer
Library, Special Collections & Museums
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
The University of Aberdeen
telephone: +44 (0)1224 272037 or +(0)1224 273175