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How to Request Information?

You have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by Birkbeck which is not already made available through its publications scheme.

Requests should be made in writing and, in general, public authorities have 20 working days to respond. A fee may be charged for this service. Information which is exempt under the act need not be released. 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.

Contact details

Freedom of Information Officer
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
email: foi@bbk.ac.uk

Cost

  • Information provided on paper will be free, unless the request is for more than one copy, in which case there will be a charge of 50 pence per page.
  • If you request more than one copy of the same paper document, you will be notified of the total charge before the additional copies are made and sent out to you.

Is there a limit to the amount of information that can be released?

  • Birkbeck may refuse to supply multiple copies or to respond to vexatious or repeated requests.

Must all the information be released on request?

  • There are a few exemptions from the Act. Absolute exemptions include information covered by the Data Protection Act. Most exemptions are subject to a public interest test.
  • A public interest test weighs up the benefits and disadvantages to the public of releasing certain information.