Freedom of Information


Staff Guidelines


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) which came into force on the 1 January 2005. Its aim is to promote greater openness and accountability within the public sector. It imposes a duty on public authorities, like University College London (UCL) to provide two related rights of access.  These are: 

  • To inform the applicant whether or not the information is held  
  • If the information is held, to communicate it to the applicant

Anyone can make a request in writing for recorded information held by or on behalf of UCL, and we must comply promptly and in any case within 20 working days.  Unless one of 23 exemptions applies.

The dedicated route for information requests are by email to: foi@ucl.ac.uk.

Further information can be found within UCL's Publication Scheme

Roles and Responsibilities
Request handling process
Complaints handling process
Data Protection Act 1998