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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives a right of access to information held by 'public authorities'. Most UK colleges and universities are public authorities. The FOIA covers all records and information held by a public authority, whether digital or print, current or archived. 

 

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Tribunal Clarifies Which High Salaries Are Exempt Under FOI
It is 'fair' to disclose salary information of non-academic staff earning over £100,000 provided they are part of the Principal’s Central Team.

New FOI Exemption to Benefit Research
An amendment to the FOIA Act 2000 has come into force which extends the exemption on disclosure of research information.

FOI Court Evidence Can Be Given in Secret
The Court of Appeal has ruled that, where appropriate, a public authority's evidence can be given in private, without the applicant or his/her legal representative present.

Court of Appeal Rules on FOI Request Format
A recent decision means that a requestor can specify the particular software format in which electronic information should be provided under FOI.

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