EPSRC commitment to freedom of information

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information (FOI) was passed on 30 November 2000 and came into force in January 2005. It gives the public a right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities though it sets out exemptions from that right. Public authorities include all public bodies and government departments in the UK.

Our commitment

We are committed to openness and transparency in conducting our operations and to sharing information with stakeholders. We fully support the aims of the FOI act and are committed to making information available wherever feasible.

We will:

  • Publish and release information – through our publication scheme and, whenever possible, in response to specific questions.
  • Deal with requests for information in a timely manner
  • Treat all requests fairly and without prejudice, taking account the public interest in making accurate information available wherever possible.
  • Give clear explanations of decisions if information cannot be published or released
  • Support the right to appeal, providing appeals and complaints procedures if you are dissatisfied with our response to a request.


This applies to all information held in our offices, and includes all the information created, received and maintained by EPSRC staff in the course of their work.