University Publication Scheme

Introduction

Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all ‘public authorities’ to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

What is a publication scheme?

A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority makes routinely available.  The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised.  It is, however, a guide to the “classes” or types of information the institution is making a formal commitment to publish.

The ‘model’ publication scheme for higher education

Staffordshire University has adopted the model publication scheme developed for the Higher Education sector and is therefore committed to publishing the information it describes. 

This model is designed for universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Its purpose is to save institutions duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in accessing information from across the sector.  However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of institutions, a number of optional classes of information are included.  Any optional classes relevant to us have been included in our scheme.

Who we are

Our mission is to help our students and our customers succeed.
We have a long and proud history of offering opportunities for people to acquire through us the knowledge and skills they need for their lives and their work. In the rapidly changing context of Higher Education in the twenty first century, we remain true to that cause.  Staffordshire University serves the locality and the region through three campuses at Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Lichfield together with a network of federated further education colleges (SURF) throughout the county of Staffordshire and in Shropshire.  This distributed “University in the Community” model overcomes geographical barriers, enabling us to reach out to learners who wish to remain in local and familiar surroundings.  This will be further enhanced by the establishment of University Centres in each of the SURF colleges. 

There has been a £7m investment in our Lichfield campus and our Stafford campus has benefited from a further £4.2m expenditure on refurbishment, infrastructure improvements and new sports facilities.  The development of a University Quarter in Stoke-on-Trent, as a key part of our ‘University in the Community’ strategy, will have a pivotal role to play in community regeneration and is supported by a strong network of partners, including Stoke-on-Trent College, Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the Local Strategic Partnership, Advantage West Midlands, the voluntary sector, local businesses and industry and the University.  This creative collaboration between the University and the community will facilitate the democratic creation of, and wider access to, cultural and intellectual capital.

Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

Publications are free unless we have indicated otherwise.   In some instances alternative formats may be arranged by special request, but there may be a charge to cover production costs.

To request information available through our publication scheme, please contact:  

Information Protection and Security Manager
Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire ST4 2DE

What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

From 1 January 2005 you will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

Requests for information will have to be made in writing and we will have 20 working days to respond.  A fee may be charged.  Information will not be released where an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. 

Applications for information can be made via our website www.staffs.ac.uk, alternatively, in writing to

Information Protection and Security Manager
Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire ST4 2DE

Feedback

It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs.  If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know.  We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. 

Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:

Information Protection and Security Manager
Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire ST4 2DE

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner’s website at:

www.ico.gov.uk