The Freedom of Information Act The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) came into effect in January 2005, with the aim of promoting transparency and accountability in the public sector. The University, as a public body, is obliged to comply with the Act. This means people have the right to request any information held by the University.

The University is committed to promoting public understanding of its structure and activities via the systematic publication of all relevant information.

Where our routinely published records do not give the information people require, we will make every effort to provide, where practical and permissible, additional information on request.

what it means for UEA what it means for UEA

The University has two main obligations under FOIA:

  • To maintain a Publication Scheme, which lists the types of information we make routinely available.
  • To ensure that any individual making a request for information is informed, in writing, whether or not the University holds the information they've asked for, and if we do, to have our response communicated to them within the specified time limit of 20 working days.

The University handles all FOIA requests in accordance with our Freedom of Information Act Policy, which mirrors the requirements of the Code of Practice issued under Section 45 of the Act.

To find out more about FOIA at UEA, email or telephone +44 (0)1603 593523. 

make a request make a request

To find out about your rights, and how to make a FOIA request, see our requests for information page, or just email

Responses to requests Responses to requests

The University publishes its responses to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act via the Disclosure Log.

FOIA training FOIA training

All staff have the responsibility to make themselves aware of their obligations under the Act.

If you are a member of UEA staff, or student, you can access online Freedom of Information training. Go to Blackboard and you'll find a link to the training under 'My Organisations'.

Our Guidance for staff page has further information.