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Freedom of Information


Universities fall within the definition of a public authority

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, anyone has the right to request information from a public authority in the UK. Our university Governance and Legal Services team are responsible for:

  • Ensuring our University complies with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act
  • Providing information via a publication scheme
  • Responding to requests for information

Finding and requesting information about our University

Publication Scheme

This is the Leeds Beckett’s Guide to information which lists the information that we routinely publish to fulfill our obligations under section 19 Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our University follows the format of the publication scheme for universities required by the Information Commissioner's Office.

The scheme sets out what information our University publishes or intends to publish, how the information can be accessed, how the information can be accessed and whether or not a charge is payable for it.

  • Our University does not hold the information
  • The information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited by another statute
  • The information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible
  • It would be impractical or resource intensive to prepare the material for routine release.

If you have any questions about the publication scheme or wish to request information that is not available on our website, please contact the Casework Co-ordinator by email at: infocompliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or by post at: University Secretary's Office, Leeds Beckett University, Room 101, Old Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN.

Exemptions
There are twenty-three exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that may mean we are not able to disclose the information that you have requested. This includes s21 (information accessible to applicant by other means). In order to ensure that your request is not rejected under this exemption, please review the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). If the answer to your query is available from HESA, you can expect comparable and consistent data for all HE providers while saving time and resources of publicly funded universities.

HESA publishes open data under a Creative Commons license relating to students, staff, finance and other aspects of higher education. HESA can also provide tailored datasets to answer specific questions.

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
This
statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the University’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2017.

Information

Plus Icon 1. Who we are and what we do
  • Legal Framework

Leeds Beckett University is a higher education corporation under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992:

Education Reform Act 1988

Further and Higher Education Act 1992

  • Information relating to the legal and regulatory framework within which the University operates is set out in the Governance pages of the University's website

    Governance

Instrument of Government

Articles of Government

  • How is the University organised?

Organisational structure

  • Terms of reference, membership and descriptions of boards and committees are available on the University's Governance pages:

Governance

Corporate Governance

Board of Governors of the Higher Education Corporation and its committees

Academic Board and its committees

Subsidiary companies - further information about subsidiary company is available on request

  • Location and contact details:

Contact us

Campuses

Location and Maps

  • Collaborations and Partnerships

Collaborative provisions

Business Services

University Business Centre

  • Student Activities

Leeds Beckett University Students' Union Code of Practice

LBUSU Executive officers

LBUSU

Student Hub

Student Regulations

Student support

Student Experience

Sports and Active lifestyles

Graduation

In addition, many student activities run for or by students are related to fields of study and can be found on departmental web pages.

Plus Icon 2. What we spend and how we spend it

Introduction

This section covers financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. Information that may damage the University's commercial interests will be excluded from publication.

The accounts of the wholly-owned subsidiary companies/trust (Leeds Beckett University Enterprises Ltd) is consolidated into the University's annual published accounts. Leeds Beckett University Students' Union is a separate legal entity; its accounts are therefore a matter for LMUSU and are not consolidated into the University's accounts.

  • Funding and Income

Financial statements. Financial Statements for earlier years are available on request.

Contracting

Financial Regulations

Insurance

Pensions

Salaries

Employee Benefits

Travel and Subsistence

Major plans for capital expenditure

  • Resource Planning

This includes information that defines how the University undertakes its planning and resource allocation, how it regulates the deployment of resources and how it publishes the outcomes:

Procurement Policy

Planning and Budgeting

Strategic Plan

HESA Higher Education Provider Data: Finance

Plus Icon 3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • Teaching and learning strategy, academic quality standards, programme approval, audit and review

Strategies and plans

Assessment, Learning & Teaching strategy:

Academic Quality and standards

Course handbook

Teaching and Learning Resources

External Examiners

External review information, including annual monitoring and review

Access and Participation

  • Corporate Relations

Collaborative provisions

Business Services

University Business Centre

Careers

Media Centre

  • Government and regulatory reports

This includes, for example, accreditation and monitoring reports by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies and information that the University is legally obliged to make available to its funding and/or monitoring bodies some of which are listed below. Information in this class is subject to applicable exemptions.

The Office for Students (OfS) is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education, acting as the independent regulator and competition authority for the higher education sector in England.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, who inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. They periodically inspect courses and produce ITE Inspection Reports

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. It reports on how they meet their responsibilities, identifies good practice and makes recommendations for improvement. The QAA institutional reports for the Leeds Beckett University can be found on their website.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education institutions (HEIs). HEIs are assessed across three key criteria: outputs, environment and impact. The results of the REF2014 exercise were published in December 2014, with the impact case studies and templates made available online in early in 2015.

  • Compliance with the Equality Act 2010

The University’s framework and policies and resources are available here. The University produces Equality Impact Assessments.

Further information including the annual Equality Information Report is available on our Equality and inclusion pages.    

The University Equality and Diversity Committee considers the equality and diversity aspects of the University's culture and environment for work and study; acts as a forum for the engagement of staff and students in issues relating to equality and diversity; advises on the development of policies, procedures and practices directly relating to equality and diversity; monitors statistics and data that evidence the University's compliance with its regulatory duties as a public sector organisation; helps identify and develop areas of good practice; and promotes greater awareness of equality and diversity policies to ensure continuous improvement in University performance.

  • Statistical information

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education and provides a comprehensive body of reliable statistical information and analysis about UK higher education. The information available includes:

  • Student information – on-line tables broken down by a number of variables including student type, mode of study, institution, subject and various demographic information, based on institutions’ individualised student returns
  • Staff information - on-line tables broken down by a number of variables including staff type, mode of employment, institution, cost centre and various demographic information, based on institutions’ Annual Staff returns
  • Destination of leavers – details of institutions’ returns for the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, and tables detailing information related to mode of study, institution, level of study and gender
  • Finance - data including income and expenditure by institution and sector level summaries. The link to “Finance Plus” contains the full Finance Statistics Return for UK higher education institutions and the associated costs for purchasing the data
  • Business & community – statistics are available using HESA’s Bespoke Data Service
  • Estates management – data related to institutions’ Estates Management Survey statutory return
  • Further information is available by registering for HEIDI, an online interactive tool.
  • Bespoke data queries can also be addressed to HESA.
  • A fee is charged for some categories of information, details of which can be found on the HESA website.  (External Website)
  • Applications and acceptance data is available from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • A fee is charged for some categories of information, details of which can be found on the UCAS website.  (External Website)

Plus Icon 4. How we make decisions

Introduction

This section covers information on decision making processes and records of decisions.

Membership profiles, terms of reference, agenda, minutes (unless specified) of the University's committees.

Plus Icon 5. Policies and procedures
  • Policies and procedures for conducting our business

This includes governing documents, memoranda of understanding, procedural rules, standing orders and similar information as well as procedures for handling requests for information. Other policies are available by searching the website.

  • Standing Orders

Board of Governors

Academic Board

Counter Fraud and Anti-Bribery

  • University Committees

Corporate Governance

Academic Governance

  • University Strategies and Policies

Ethics Framework

  • IT Policies and Regulations

IT Security

Freedom of Information

Data Protection

  • Equality and Diversity

University’s framework and policies and resources

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality and inclusion pages

University Equality and Diversity Committee

  • Estate management

Estate Strategy

Whistleblowing Procedure

Corporate Social Responsibility Statement

  • Procedures and policies relating to academic services and student support

Academic Quality and standards

Student support

Student hub

Appeals, Complaints and Discipline

Course handbook

Teaching and Learning Resources

Graduation

  • Policies and procedures relating to student services

Student admissions and registrations

Student accommodation

Student Regulation

Student support

Student hub

Undergraduates

Postgraduate

Course handbook

Teaching and Learning Resources

Graduate

Academic Quality and standards

  • Procedures and policies relating to human resources

HR Policies

Human Resources Guides and support

Equality and Inclusion

University Equality and Diversity Committee

Whistleblowing Procedure

Procedures and policies relating to recruitment

Recruitment policy

Job Vacancies

Equality and Inclusion

University Equality and Diversity Committee

Whistleblowing Procedure

  • Procedures and policies relating to Corporate governance

Corporate Governance

Code of Conduct

Equality and Diversity policies and the Equality Scheme

University’s framework and policies and resources

Equality Impact Assessments.

Equality and inclusion pages.    

University Equality and Diversity Committee

Health and Safety

  • Records management and personal data policies

Data Protection

IT Security

Freedom of Information

Research policy and strategy

Research ethics

Information about knowledge transfer

  • University Strategies and Policies

Research

  • Estate management

Estate Strategy

  • Complaints and grievances policies

Appeals, Complaints and Discipline

  • Human Resources Guides and support

Data Protection

Freedom of Information

Plus Icon 6. Lists and registers
  • Register of interest - Register is available for public inspection 


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