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Publication Scheme

Providing a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act. It describes the information we routinely publish, and how to access specific information. Please find below useful information on the purpose and structure of our publication scheme.

  1. Legal requirement for a publication scheme
  2. The model publication scheme for Higher Education
  3. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme
  4. Information not covered by the publication scheme
  5. Feedback
  6. Further Information

1. Legal requirement for a publication scheme

Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes a greater openness and accountability across the pubic sector by requiring all public authorities to make information available proactively through a publication scheme.

The Public Authorities are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

 

2. The model publication scheme for Higher Education

York St John University has based its publication scheme on the model publication scheme developed for the Higher Education sector.

This model has been designed for Higher Education institutions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The purpose of the model is to save institutions from duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in accessing information across the sector.  However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of an institution, a number of optional classes of information are included in the model scheme. As a result, models within the sector will vary slightly. Any optional classes relevant to York St John have been included in our scheme.

To assist with the  development of the model, a number of institutions across the sector volunteered as pilots . Information about the pilot exercise is available form the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) website.

 

3. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

The information covered by this scheme is set out here.

Information made available on the University website is free of charge when accessed in that format. If printed pages of any material on the website is requested or copies of documents held internally, the University will make a charge which reflects the cost of copying the documentation, postage and administrative time used. A minimum charge of £5 will apply. Other charges are notified. For further information on charges please contact us

Please note that the publication scheme relates to 'published' information. Therefore the material covered has already been prepared in a format for distribution.

Almost all publications of University are copyright of York St John and reproduction of the material supplied through the publication scheme or in response to a request for information without the express permission of York St John (or other copyright holder) may be an infringement of copyright. Requests for permission to reproduce such material should be addressed to:

The Chief Operating Officer
York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
YORK
YO31 7EX
or e-mail foi@yorksj.ac.uk

 

4. Information not covered by the publication scheme

You will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by the University which has not already been made available under its publication scheme.

Requests will have to be made in writing and in general, York St John will have 20 working days to respond. York St John may charge a fee. The University will not be required to release information to which an exemption under the Act legitimately applies.  However, the University will be required to explain why it is not releasing the information and it may have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.

Written requests should be directed to:

The Chief Operating Officer
York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
YORK
YO31 7EX
or e-mail foi@yorksj.ac.uk

 

5. Feedback

It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how the scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be directed in writing to:

The Chief Operating Officer
York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
YORK
YO31 7EX
or e-mail foi@yorksj.ac.uk or e-mail foi@yorksj.ac.uk

 

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act.

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

 

6. Further Information

For further information about the University publication scheme, please e-mail us.

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioners Website.

Please note that Scotland has its own Freedom of information Act and information Commissioner. For more information, please see the Scottish Executive's website at: www.scotland.gov.uk/government/foi