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Freedom of Information

Publication Scheme for Stranmillis University College

Section 1
Introduction (o
ur business)

The University College’s main areas of activity are:

• the initial undergraduate and post-graduate education of teachers for nursery, primary and special schools in all sectors;

• the initial undergraduate education of teachers for certain subject areas in secondary schools and colleges in all sectors;

• the professional development of serving teachers from all types of schools and of other education professionals;

• the vocational undergraduate education of professionals to work across the whole spectrum of the Early Years sector;

• the vocational undergraduate education of professionals to work in organisations involved in health promotion, fitness and leisure;

• the operation of a conference centre on both a residential and a non-residential basis.

The College’s teaching programmes are underpinned by a major commitment to research and to international outreach through staff and student mobility (both inward and outward). As an academically integrated College of Queen’s University Belfast, our teaching provision leads to QUB degrees and other awards and is governed by the academic policies and requirements of the University. Stranmillis retains full autonomy however in relation to funding and staff employment.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to foster a culture of openness and transparency. The Act provides a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions, and imposes obligations on these authorities as to how they should respond to written requests for information. However, the public authority is not required to release information to which any of the exemptions in the Act applies. 

The Act also establishes the Office of Information Commissioner with responsibility for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act.

The aim of this publication scheme is to provide easy public access to a wide range of information. The Act states that a publication scheme should specify:
  • The classes of information Stranmillis University College publishes or intends to publish;
  • The manner in which it will be published; and
  • Whether the information is available free or on payment.

The classes of information and the manner in which they will be published are specified in Section 6.

Section 2
Responsibility for Freedom of Information

At senior level within Stranmillis University College, responsibility for Freedom of Information (FOI) issues lies with the Vice Principal.

Section 3
How to obtain information listed in this scheme

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you have a statutory right of access to information held and recorded by Stranmillis University College subject to certain exemptions.

Most of the information listed will be available on the Stranmillis University College website. Where information is available by post, a request can be made in writing with the Freedom of Information Form. Please provide as many details as possible to allow Stranmillis University College staff to identify the information sought.

Publication Scheme
The methods by which available information may be accessed or obtained are listed against each information class. If you have any difficulty identifying the information you require, staff are available to help you. Please contact:

Vice Principal's Office
Stranmillis University College
BELFAST BT9 5DY
website: http://www.stran.ac.uk/
Enquiries may be forwarded to foi@stran.ac.uk

Section 4
Related Publication Schemes

This publication scheme only covers Stranmillis University College. Some useful contacts for other organisations are listed below:

Department of Education
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
Bangor BT19 7PR
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9127 9279
www.deni.gov.uk

Department for Employment & Learning
Adelaide House
39/49 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8FD
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9025 7777
www.delni.gov.uk

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
160 High Street
Holywood BT18 9HT
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9042 6972

www.onlineccms.com

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5133
www.qub.ac.uk

Section 5
Charges for Published Information

Whilst most information can be accessed free of charge, certain publications and other classes of information will only be available on receipt of payment. Where charges apply, this is identified on the listing below.

Section 6
Classes of Publication

The Freedom of Information Act requires a Publication Scheme to specify the classes of information that Stranmillis University College already publishes or intends to publish. The information in the Stranmillis University College Publication Scheme is broadly stated, follows the layout on the Stranmillis University College Homepage and is described in a way which we hope will allow easy access.

This publication scheme divides the information published by Stranmillis University College into nine categories. These are:

1. Governance
2. Financial Resources
3. Human Resources
4. Physical Resources
5. Student Administration and Support
6. Information Services
7. Teaching and Learning
8. Research and Development
9. External Relations