From 1 September 2013, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 added new provisions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) in relation to datasets, particularly Sections 11 and 19.

Obligations for public authorities under the FOIA with regard to datasets are as follows:

  • As far as is reasonably practicable, to provide the dataset in an electronic form, capable of re-use.
  • Where the public authority owns the copyright, it must provide the dataset under the terms of a specified licence. (There are three licences available, details of which are provided below).
  • Publish requested datasets and, where appropriate, any updated versions.

The table below lists the datasets disclosed by the University under the FOIA since 1 September 2013 and the accompanying licence regime.

DatasetDate DisclosedLicence
Course Modules and Student Numbers 2008/9 to 2013/14 October 2013 Non-Commercial Government Licence
Course Modules 2013/14 April 2014 Non-Commercial Government Licence
Course Modules 2014/15 May 2015 Non-Commercial Government Licence
Course modules 2015/16 April 2016 Non-Commercial Government Licence
Course Modules 2016/17 April 2017 Non-Commercial Government Licence

Licences

Open Government Licence (OGL) - allows re-use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Non-Commercial Government Licence - information may only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Charged Licence  - charge made for cost recovery and a reasonable rate of return for use and re-use of the information.

Further information on datasets can be found in the Information Commissioner's Office guidance.