The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act

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:

  • an individual's general right of access to most of the recorded information held by the University
  • the information which may be about its activities, decisions, priorities, and plans
  • the expectation of help and assistance for those seeking information
  • the provision of a Publication Scheme (FOISA Section 23) which lists the main types of information the University routinely publishes

Our Publication Scheme

The University has adopted the single Model Publication Scheme 2013, produced and approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

It commits the University to:

  • publishing the information, including environmental, that we hold and which falls within the classes of information within the scheme
  • producing a guide for the public to that information

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 6 monthly to ensure links are current and information updated.

Last reviewed 25 May 2017

Publication Scheme - guide to information

Classes of Information

Details of Publication Schemes for Subsidiary Companies are available here

For any enquiries and assistance


Freedom of Information Officer

Library, Special Collections & Museums

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The University of Aberdeen

Bedford Road


AB24 3AA

telephone: +44 (0)1224 272596 or +(0)1224 273175