The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into effect on 1 January 2005. The Act gives everyone the right to ask for official information from public organisations, which includes colleges. The kind of information requested includes things like how well the college is performing, how the college makes decisions and how the college spends public money.
The College has an FOI Publication Scheme which relates to our published information. This means, some information has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution unless adaptations are required in relation to the Equality Act. All documents will be supplied electronically unless “paper only” is stated. Some fees may be charged for supplying the information.
Requests for information should come under the main categories listed below.
What we are and what we do?
What we spend and how we spend it?
What our priorities are and how well we are doing?
How we make decisions?
Our policies and procedures
Lists and registers
The services we offer.
Requests for information must be supplied to you by us, unless any of the exemptions for information under the Act apply.
How to request information
If you cannot find the information you need on our website, please write in to tell us what it is that you want to know. The College will respond within 20 working days. Where additional work is required to respond to a request, a fee may be charged which will be calculated according to Fee Regulations.
If the information requested comes under one of the exemptions of the Act, then we will explain to you why we are not releasing the information and we may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.
To request information, please write to the postal or email address below:
If you wish to make a complaint and we cannot resolve it, you can write to:
Information Commissioner Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF
Companies that gather personal data have to, by law, notify the Information Commissioner that they are doing so. At the College we are committed to protecting your personal information and will look after the information you entrust to us, keeping it safe and secure.
Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
Not transferred to countries without adequate protection.
Statement of Intent
Sometimes we will ask you to give personal information about yourself (e.g. name, email address etc.) in order to receive or use services on our website. Whenever you provide personal information, we will treat that information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not share or disclose your data with any third party without first obtaining your consent.
Disclosing Personal Information
When you supply any personal information to the College we have legal obligations towards you in the way we handle your data. We have to collect the information fairly, and to let you know how we will use it and whether we will pass the information on to anyone else. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the service you have requested, and remove it once it is no longer needed. We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Access to your Personal Information
You have the right to access your personal information and to change it if it is incorrect. You are also able to change your privacy preferences if you want to do this.
To access or change your personal data, please write in to us at the postal or email addresses below: