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Material which is published and accessed on the University website is available free of charge.

Charges may be made for information subject to the The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The cost limit for compliance with a Freedom of Information Act request is £450.  When estimating the cost of compliance, the University will take into consideration the cost of determining whether we hold the information requested; locating and retrieving the information and staff time associated with these activities (currently calculated at £25 per hour).

If the cost limit is not exceeded, the University will normally provide the information free of charge.  However, for substantial or complex requests, the University may charge for disbursements associated with providing the information in the requested format, e.g. photocopying and postage. In such cases, we will issue a Fees Notice and the 20 working day limit for responding to the request will be suspended and will start again when we receive payment.  If we do not receive payment within three months, the University is not obliged to comply with your request.

Where we estimate that the cost limit will be exceeded, the University will inform you and explain what, if any, information could be provided within the cost limit.  The University is not obliged to comply with requests which exceed the cost limit and we may issue a Refusal Notice. However, if you indicate that you are willing to pay the costs and we decide to proceed with your request, we will issue a Fees Notice and the time limits for responding to your request as described above will apply.