The Freedom of Information Act The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) aims to promote 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 helping public understanding of our structure and activities, by routine publication of all relevant information.

If our published records do not include the information people need, we will make every effort to provide more information on request, where practical and allowed.

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 anyone making a request is informed, in writing, whether or not we hold the information they've asked for, and if we do, to receive our response 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 & Stats Responses & Stats

We regularly publish FOIA Compliance Statistics, so you can see how many requests we receive and how we respond to them. 

We also publish our responses to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act on our Disclosure Log. Please check this before submitting a new request.

FOIA training FOIA training

Any staff member could receive an information request, so it's important to understand what FOIA means for the University.

UEA staff and students 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.