Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out general exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Public authorities are defined in the Act and include Higher Education institutions. The Open College of the Arts falls under this category as a part of the University for the Creative Arts.

This section explains who the Open College of the Arts is, how and why we carry out duties, how and why we make certain decisions, and ho we spend any public money that we receive. This is published to be open, and for the organisation to be accountable.

Requests for information should be made under the Freedom of Information Act, labelled ‘Freedom of Information Request’ and sent to enquiries@oca.ac.uk.

The Act, in conjunction with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Environmental Information Regulations, is the principal mechanism for access to information held by public bodies.

The Freedom of Information Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner, who oversees both Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation.

Below are the classes of information under which we routinely publish information, and our publication scheme for information.

Who we are and what we do

Provides information on the legal status of OCA, the organisational and management structure and information about student activities.

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it

Covers information on OCA’s finances and its strategy for managing financial resources.

What we spend and how we spend it

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Covers information on OCA’s strategies and annual reviews.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Shows documents which can be requested about the decision making processes of OCA.

How we make decisions

Our policies and procedures

More information on the policies and procedures for OCA to deliver its service and responsibilities.

Our Policies

Lists and registers

Displays current registers and how to access them.

Lists and registers

The services we offer

Find out about local, national and international services offered by OCA.

The services we offer

Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme