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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides important rights of access to information held by Scottish public authorities, including UWS.

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 provide access to environmental information which is held by Scottish public authorities.

What is the information covered?

The Act gives a general statutory right of access to all types of recorded information, in all formats and of any age, held by Scottish public authorities.

All Scottish higher education institutions are defined as public authorities under the Act. The Act also applies to companies that we own, either wholly or in partnership with other public authorities.

You can find out more about FOI on the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, It's Public Knowledge.

Under the Act we must adopt and maintain publication schemes. These set out the classes of information that we commit to publish routinely, and explain how you can access this information.

How to request information

Please email requests for information to, or post to Legal Services, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Paisley PA1 2BE.

If you would like advice to identify the information you want, or other help in making a request, you can contact us via

If you request information from us we must provide it, or a valid reason for not doing so, within 20 working days.


Some information is exempt from disclosure – for instance, if its release would seriously prejudice the commercial interests of any person or organisation, or breach the Data Protection Act 1998.


To make a complaint about the publication scheme or the University's response to a request for information, please contact us by email at Legal Services or by post at Legal Services, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Paisley PA1 2BE.

Last updated: 26/07/2017