AUTUMN 2015 INFORMATION COMPLIANCE NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2015 INFORMATION COMPLIANCE NEWSLETTER

With the new academic year in full swing, we've gathered some recent information compliance news to help keep you up to date with developments in Freedom of Information, data protection and information security. 

We hope you find this useful. If you'd like to let us know what you think, contact isd.spc@uea.ac.uk.

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  • Occasionally UEA's response to a FOI request contributes to a news story. We may not always be identified, but a quick look at our disclosure log shows where we've contributed. The past few months have seen the outcome of several such requests. This article from Times Higher relates to a request on research grant income targets for academics.
  • In another FOI-related article, this time a bit closer to home, Concrete reports on income from UEA accommodation 
  • The Guardian reports on how Channel 4 used FOI to uncover data on plagiarism in schools and Universities.
  • Times Higher Education reports on how FOI was again used in gathering data on how many HE staff are employed on zero-hours contracts.
  • Finally, in our last newsletter we speculated on the changes that may be in store for the Freedom of Information Act. The government wasted little time in shaking things up, setting up a new Commission to review the Act. In September the Campaign for Freedom of Information reported on how 140 media bodies, campaign groups and others have written to the Prime Minister expressing ‘serious concern’ at the government’s approach to the Act. Given that journalists now routinely use the Act as a research tool this is not unexpected, but the outcome of the Commission remains to be seen.

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TRAINING TRAINING

Online and face to face training is available for all UEA staff. For those who prefer online training, you can choose from:

Each module takes around 30 minutes to complete, and includes activities to ensure you've mastered the key points.

Face to face training can be booked via CSED, or contact us to find out more about bespoke training for your department.

DATA PROTECTION CHAMPIONS DATA PROTECTION CHAMPIONS

The Strategy, Policy & Compliance team will soon be creating a network of data protection ‘champions’ to help all areas of the University become more privacy aware. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Ellen Paterson in the SPC team for more details.

POLICY UPDATE POLICY UPDATE

An updated UEA Records Management policy was approved at the latest Information Strategy and Services Committee. 

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