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 how 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 DPO@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.
What we spend and how we spend it
Covers information on OCA’s finances and its strategy for managing financial resources.
What our priorities are and how we are doing
Covers information on OCA’s strategies and annual reviews.
How we make decisions
Shows documents which can be requested about the decision making processes of OCA.
Our policies and procedures
More information on the policies and procedures for OCA to deliver its service and responsibilities.
Lists and registers
Displays current registers and how to access them.
The services we offer
Find out about local, national and international services offered by OCA.
Learn about OCA’s vision
Publication SchemePublication Scheme