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Guidance on Freedom of Information issues

The following documents give guidance on how to deal with a variety of aspects under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

If you find that in dealing with a request for information that any of the following circumstances apply, please contact:

FOI Officer
IT Services
Tel: 2776
Email: foi@st-andrews.ac.uk

The circumstances are:

  • The University does not hold any or all of the information requested;
  • You think an exemption may apply and all or part of the information requested should be withheld from disclosure;
  • You think a fee should be charged;
  • The 20 working day deadline may or will be exceeded;
  • Additional information is required from the applicant before you can deal with their request;
  • You cannot meet the applicant's preference concerning format;
  • You think the request is repeated, vexatious or part of an organised campaign;
  • The request is extensive, concerns more than one School or Unit, etc.;
  • You are not sure how to handle the request;
  • You are unsure who should answer the request.

Introductory guidance

Guidance for staff - Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (PDF, 92 KB)

Freedom of Information guidelines (PDF, 140 KB)

Guidance on specific topics

Freedom of Information and Animal Testing (PDF, 64 KB)
Prepared by Universities Scotland

Freedom of Information and Commercial Confidentiality (PDF, 224 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP

Freedom of Information and Commercial Enterprises (PDF, 71 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP

Freedom of Information and Consortia (PDF, 43 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP

Contracts
Prepared by Dundas and Wilson and JISC Legal

Dissertations
Prepared by JISC Legal

FOI - Guide to Exemptions (PDF, 139 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP

Exemptions
Prepared by the Scottish Information Commissioner

Intellectual property rights
Prepared by Dundas and Wilson and JISC Legal

Guideline for the Creation of Minutes (PDF, 35 KB)

Procurement (PDF)
Prepared by the Scottish Procurement Directorate

Public interest test
Prepared by the Scottish Information Commissioner

Public Interest Test
Prepared by Dundas and Wilson and JISC Legal

Freedom of Information and Quality (PDF, 35 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP

Freedom of Information and Teaching Materials (PDF, 35 KB)
Prepared by SHEIP