Freedom of information


The Freedom of Information Act provides public access to information held by public authorities, which includes higher education institutions. The Act covers all recorded information held by a public authority. Authorities are obliged to respond to an FOI request within 20 working days, either by providing the information requested or issuing a ‘refusal notice’ stating the grounds on which the request is being refused.

There is a wide range of information about Imperial College in the College’s publication scheme, disclosure log and on our website. Please check the published information before submitting a request. Information that already reasonably accessible is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

How to make a request


If the information you want is not available in the College’s publication scheme, disclosure log or on our website you can submit an FOI request to the College. If you are not sure whether the College holds the information you wish to access or are not sure how to phrase your query, the FOI team can provide advice and assistance.

General guidance on making an FOI request can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.