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Freedom of Information - (Part A)

A. Introductions

  1. Legal requirement
  2. What is a publication scheme?
  3. The 'model' publication scheme for higher education
  4. Who we are
  5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme
  6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?
  7. Feedback
  8. Further information

Northern College for Residential Adult Education

PUBLICATION SCHEME

INTRODUCTION

1. Legal requirement

1.1 Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all public authorities to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

1.2 Public authorities are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.
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2. What is a publication scheme?

2.1 A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context, 'publish' means to make information available, routinely. These descriptions are called 'classes of information'. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority's commitment to make available the information described.

2.2 A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.
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3. The 'model' publication scheme for higher education/further education

3.1 Northern College has developed the model publication scheme prepared for the Higher/Further Education sector and is committed to publishing the information it describes.

3.2 This model is designed for universities/further education colleges and sixth form colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The purpose of the model is to save institutions duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in accessing information from across the sector. However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of institution, a number of optional classes of information are included. As a result, models within the sector will vary slightly. Any optional classes relevant to us have been included in our scheme.

3.3 To assist with the development of the model, a number of institutions across the sector volunteered as pilots. Information about the pilot exercise is available from the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) website at: www.jisc.ac.uk
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4. Who we are

Northern College is one of the long-term residential colleges in England designated under section 28 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The College's mission and objectives are

'To provide opportunities for the transformation of individuals and communities and promote social change through the provision of outstanding adult residential education and community based learning '
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5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

5.1 The classes of information we publish are described in the second part of the scheme.

5.2 Next to each class we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available. We have also indicated whether charges apply to material in each class. For paper copies of information, where a charge is indicated, a minimum charge of 20 per copy will apply, with higher charges for lengthy documents. Where the charge is to be levied per set of documents, for example for committee minutes, this is indicated within the scheme.

5.3 To request information available through our publication scheme please contact:

  • Vice Principal
  • (Residential and Administrative Services)
  • Northern College
  • Wentworth Castle
  • Stainborough
  • Barnsley
  • S75 3ET
  • Telephone 01226 776016
  • d.pozorski@northern.ac.uk

5.4 Please note that a publication scheme relates to 'published' information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.
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6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

6.1 From 1 January 2005 you will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

6.2 Requests will have to be made in writing and, in general, public authorities will have 20 working days to respond. They may charge a fee, which will have to be calculated according to Fees Regulations. They will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, public authorities may be required to explain to the applicant why they are not releasing information and they may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.
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7. Feedback

7.1 It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator below:

  • The Academic Registrar
  • Northern College
  • Wentworth Castle
  • Stainborough
  • Barnsley
  • S75 3ET

7.2 If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to:

  • Information Commissioner
  • Wycliffe House
  • Water Lane
  • Wilmslow
  • Cheshire
  • SK9 5AF
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8. Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner's website at:
ico.org.uk

Please note that Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act and body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

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Northern College
Wentworth Castle
Stainborough Barnsley
South Yorkshire S75 3ET
tel : 01226 776000
fax : 01226 776025
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