The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires all public authorities (including universities and colleges) to adopt and maintain a publication scheme from 1 January 2009. The FOIA promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all 'public authorities' to make information available proactively through a publication scheme.
What is a publication scheme?
A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes or intends to publish. In this context, 'publish' means to make information available routinely. A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.
This publication scheme
The purpose of the scheme is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible so that the public can be informed as far as reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of college activities, and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.
Through the scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities, while at the same time recognising that there are exemptions within the Act.