Freedom of Information
Universities fall within the definition of a public authority
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, anyone has the right to request information from a public authority in the UK. Our university Governance and Legal Services team are responsible for:
- Ensuring our University complies with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act
- Providing information via a publication scheme
- Responding to requests for information
Finding and requesting information about our University
This is the Leeds Beckett’s Guide to information which lists the information that we routinely publish to fulfill our obligations under section 19 Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our University follows the format of the publication scheme for universities required by the Information Commissioner's Office.
The scheme sets out what information our University publishes or intends to publish, how the information can be accessed, how the information can be accessed and whether or not a charge is payable for it.
- Our University does not hold the information
- The information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited by another statute
- The information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible
- It would be impractical or resource intensive to prepare the material for routine release.
If you have any questions about the publication scheme or wish to request information that is not available on our website, please contact the Casework Co-ordinator by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at: University Secretary's Office, Leeds Beckett University, Room 101, Old Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN.
There are twenty-three exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that may mean we are not able to disclose the information that you have requested. This includes s21 (information accessible to applicant by other means). In order to ensure that your request is not rejected under this exemption, please review the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). If the answer to your query is available from HESA, you can expect comparable and consistent data for all HE providers while saving time and resources of publicly funded universities.
HESA publishes open data under a Creative Commons license relating to students, staff, finance and other aspects of higher education. HESA can also provide tailored datasets to answer specific questions.
Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the University’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2017.
- Brief History
- Our University
- Legal Framework
Leeds Beckett University is a higher education corporation under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992:
- How is the University organised?
- Organisational structure
- Terms of reference, membership and descriptions of boards and committees are available on the University's Governance pages:
- Location and contact details:
- Collaborations and Partnerships
- Student Activities
This section covers financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. Information that may damage the University's commercial interests will be excluded from publication.
The accounts of the wholly-owned subsidiary companies/trust (Leeds Beckett University Enterprises Ltd) is consolidated into the University's annual published accounts. Leeds Beckett University Students' Union is a separate legal entity; its accounts are therefore a matter for LBUSU and are not consolidated into the University's accounts.
- Funding and Income
- Resource Planning
This includes information that defines how the University undertakes its planning and resource allocation, how it regulates the deployment of resources and how it publishes the outcomes:
- Teaching and learning strategy, academic quality standards, programme approval, audit and review
- Corporate Relations
- Government and regulatory reports
This includes, for example, accreditation and monitoring reports by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies and information that the University is legally obliged to make available to its funding and/or monitoring bodies some of which are listed below. Information in this class is subject to applicable exemptions.
The Office for Students (OfS) is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education, acting as the independent regulator and competition authority for the higher education sector in England.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, who inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. They periodically inspect courses and produce ITE Inspection Reports.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. It reports on how they meet their responsibilities, identifies good practice and makes recommendations for improvement. The QAA institutional reports for the Leeds Beckett University can be found on their website.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education institutions (HEIs). HEIs are assessed across three key criteria: outputs, environment and impact. The results of the REF2014 exercise were published in December 2014, with the impact case studies and templates made available online in early in 2015.
- Compliance with the Equality Act 2010
The University’s framework and policies and resources are available here. The University produces an equality impact assessment.
Further information including the annual Equality Information Report is available on our Equality and inclusion pages.;
The University Equality and Diversity Committee considers the equality and diversity aspects of the University's culture and environment for work and study; acts as a forum for the engagement of staff and students in issues relating to equality and diversity; advises on the development of policies, procedures and practices directly relating to equality and diversity; monitors statistics and data that evidence the University's compliance with its regulatory duties as a public sector organisation; helps identify and develop areas of good practice; and promotes greater awareness of equality and diversity policies to ensure continuous improvement in University performance.
- Statistical information
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education and provides a comprehensive body of reliable statistical information and analysis about UK higher education. The information available includes:
- Student information – on-line tables broken down by a number of variables including student type, mode of study, institution, subject and various demographic information, based on institutions’ individualised student returns
- Staff information - on-line tables broken down by a number of variables including staff type, mode of employment, institution, cost centre and various demographic information, based on institutions’ Annual Staff returns
- Destination of leavers – details of institutions’ returns for the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, and tables detailing information related to mode of study, institution, level of study and gender
- Finance - data including income and expenditure by institution and sector level summaries. The link to “Finance Plus” contains the full Finance Statistics Return for UK higher education institutions and the associated costs for purchasing the data
- Business & community – statistics are available using HESA’s Bespoke Data Service
- Estates management – data related to institutions’ Estates Management Survey statutory return
- Further information is available by registering for HEIDI, an online interactive tool.
- Bespoke data queries can also be addressed to HESA. A fee is charged for some categories of information, details of which can be found on the HESA website.
- Applications and acceptance data is available from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). A fee is charged for some categories of information, details of which can be found on the UCAS website.
Policies and procedures for conducting our business
This includes governing documents, memoranda of understanding, procedural rules, standing orders and similar information as well as procedures for handling requests for information. Other policies are available by searching the website.
- Instrument and Articles of Government
- Standing Orders
- University Committees
- University Strategies and Policies
- IT Policies and Regulations
- Equality and Diversity
- Estate management
- Estate Strategy
- Risk Management Policies
- Procedures and policies relating to academic services and student support
- Policies and procedures relating to student services
- Procedures and policies relating to human resources
- HR Policies
- Human Resources Guides and support
- Procedures and policies relating to staff recruitment
- Procedures and policies relating to Corporate governance
- Records management and personal data policies
- University Strategies and Policies
- Register of interest - Register is available for public inspection
- Prospectus and course information
- Course fees and funding, including scholarships, grants and bursaries
- External Services
- Welfare and counselling services
- Health care and medical services
- Careers Advisory Service
- Chaplaincy Services
- Sports and recreational facilities
- HR Team
- Student Hub
- Media releases