Adopting a Publication Scheme is one of the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Act is intended to promote greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all 'public authorities', including universities, to make certain information available to the public. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the information that an organisation will routinely publish, or make available, and is divided into classes or categories of information.
New Publication Scheme
From 1 January 2009 Cardiff Metropolitan University will adopt the new Model Publication Scheme, which was developed and approved by the Information Commissioner. The University is committed to making the information that falls within the following classes available to the public as part of its normal business activities:
- Who it is and what it does
- What it spends and how it spends it
- What the priorities are
- How it makes decisions
- Policies and procedures
- Lists and Registers
- The services offered
More details about each class are available in the Definition Document for the Model Publication Scheme for Universities. Both the Model Publication Scheme and the Definition Document are available on the Information Commissioner's office website - http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk/.
In operating its Publication Scheme, the University is also required to make available a 'guide to information', giving details of:
- The information that falls within the seven classes listed above that are routinely made available.
- How the information can be accessed.
- Any charges that will be made.
Publication Schemes are also available for two companies that are wholly owned by Cardiff Metropolitan University: