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Selwyn College Publication Scheme


Selwyn College has adopted the latest model publication scheme for the higher education sector, developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the independent authority responsible for compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and is committed to publishing the information it describes.

The College intends to:

  • publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below;
  • specify the information which is held by the College and falls within the classifications below;
  • publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information described in this scheme;
  • publish the methods by which information is routinely made available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public;
  • review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme;
  • produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made available;
  • make this publication scheme available to the public.

Classes of Information

The publication scheme is arranged into the following classes:

1. Who we are and what we do  

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

2. What we spend and how we spend it 

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

3. What our priorities are and how we are doing 

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

4. How we make decisions 

Policy proposals and decisions.  Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

5. Our policies and procedures 

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

6. Lists and registers 

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the College.

7. The services we offer 

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.  A description of the services offered.

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure;
  • Information in draft form;
  • Information that is no longer readily available, as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available

The College will provide information where possible on its website.  Where it is impracticable to make information available on its website, or when an individual does not wish to access the information on the website, the College will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances, some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided.  An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held, or in such other language that is legally required.  Where the College is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.

Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information, in accordance with this scheme.

Charges which may be made for Information published under this scheme

Material which is published and accessed on the College’s website will be provided free of charge.  Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:

  • Photocopying
  • postage and packaging
  • the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided.  Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

Responsible officer

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer is responsible for the scheme on behalf of the College. 

Requests for information not included in the scheme

You have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by the College which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

Requests should be made in writing and the College will respond as soon as possible and within the time limit of 20 working days to respond. If the College does not hold the information, or if an exemption applies that prevents its release, then it is required to explain this and will do so as soon as possible. See Making a Freedom of Information Request for further details.