Freedom of Information

 

Lady Margaret Hall, along with other similar UK institutions, has legal obligations in respect of the information it holds.  Two pieces of legislation, the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Freedom of Information Act (2000), detail the obligations of the College.

The College is committed to being as open as possible about its aims, activities, and structure.  This website is an important resource of information about all aspects of College life and governance.  Please follow the links below for more information.
 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a right of access to information held by public bodies such as Lady Margaret Hall.  With certain exceptions under the Act, the College is required to publish information about itself and its activities, or otherwise to make the information available.

Our Freedom of Information Publication Scheme below is a guide to information the College has published or intends to publish, and where to find it.  Please consult the Scheme to find out whether the information you require is already available.

Any person or body who makes a request in writing to the College for access to recorded information must be informed whether the College holds that information and be supplied with it, subject to the application of various exemptions specified within the Act.

If the information you seek is not already available, you may request that the College provide it by submitting a FOI request form to the College's Information Officer (the Treasurer).  The College will ordinarily respond within 20 days of receipt of your form.  A fee may be applicable.
 

Data Protection Act

 

You have a right to request that Lady Margaret Hall provide you with the information it holds about you as an individual; such requests are known as "Subject Access Requests".  You are asked to make your request using the College's Subject Access Request form and submitting it to the Information Officer.  The College will respond within 40 days.

The College reserves the right to make charges for Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests in accordance with the provisions of the Acts.

 

LMH FOI publication scheme

 

The College's Freedom of Information publication scheme follows the standard format required by the Information Commissioner from January 2009.

It sets out the information that the College publishes or intends to publish.  We have tried to make available on this website as much of the information as possible.  Printed versions of documents and web pages produced by Lady Margaret Hall are available.  A fee may be charged.

The purpose of the scheme is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible, so that the public can be informed as far as reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of College activities, and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.

Through the scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities, while at the same time recognising that there are exemptions within the Act. 

In accordance with the Information Commissioner's guidance for higher education institutions our publication scheme sets out the following classes of information. 

You can find out more by following the links.

1. Who we are and what we do: organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

2. What we spend and how we spend it: financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

3.  How we make decisions: decision making processes and records of decisions.

4.  What our priorities are and how we are doing: strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

5.  Our policies and procedures: current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

6.  Lists and registers

7.  The services we offer: information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

The Information Officer is responsible for maintaining the scheme on behalf of the College.

It is important to us 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 the scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments, or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:

Mr Richard Sommers
Information Officer
Lady Margaret Hall
Oxford OX2 6QA
 

 

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