Freedom of information

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act fully came into force on 1 January 2005. The University of Surrey is guided by the following principles:

  • To be as open, transparent and helpful as possible with its information and to be proactive in making it available and accessible to its members and the public at large.
  • To make responsible use of the exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act and to invoke them as a last, not first, resort.
  • To disclose the requested information unless there is a clearly greater public interest in withholding it.
  • To strive to exceed the applicant's expectations when dealing with requests for information and complaints under the Act.

Information which the University routinely makes available is outlined in the Publication Scheme.

Make a request

View our make a request guidance.

The Information Compliance Unit

The Information Compliance Unit is part of Business Support and Traded Services. It handles requests for information made under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It provides advice and guidance on data protection, records management and freedom of information matters as well as housing the University Archives.

Who should I contact?

You can contact the University's Information Compliance Officer on 01483 683821 or by email at

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