The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is to give people the right of access to information held by organisations that receive public funds, such as central government departments, local authorities, police forces, health services, schools, and universities etc.
The legislation was fully introduced in January 2005 with the intention of promoting better public understanding of how these organisations carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend tax-payers’ money.
Freedom of Information (FOI) gives everyone, both inside and outside the University, a right of access to recorded information held by Sheffield Hallam University and its subsidiary companies. It covers all electronic and paper records and information held by Sheffield Hallam University and its subsidiary companies, whether current or archived. This right of access is subject to certain exemptions. Sheffield Hallam University is committed to promoting a culture of openness and accountability and has a duty to help you understand your rights and responsibilities under this legislation and to explain how you can exercise those rights and fulfil your responsibilities.
You can access information in two ways