Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) promotes transparency and accountability in the public sector.  The University, as a public body, is obliged to comply with the Act. Members of the public have the right to request information held by the University and the University is committed to meeting its transparency and accountability requirements under the Act.

How to find and request information about Manchester Metropolitan University:

  1. Check our Publication Scheme: Manchester Metropolitan University Publication Scheme: The University is required to hold and maintain a Publication Scheme under the Act.  The Scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by the University.  If you require information about the University, please check the Publication Scheme before making a request.  The University is not obliged to provide copies of information in response to an FOI request, where the information is already published.
  2. Make an FOI Request:  If the information is not published, you may make a formal written request for information. The University has provided a Request for Information Form for this purpose. You are not obliged to use the form, but it will help you meet the requirements for making a valid request.  Your request must be in writing, you must supply an address for response (an email address is acceptable) and it must include your full name. Please submit your request by email to or by post to:

FOI Team, Legal Services
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Building
Manchester, M15 6BH

The University’s response to your request will be subject to the terms and provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the FOI Code of Practice 2018, and guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.

FOI Compliance Statistics

The University publishes compliance statistics regarding requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Code of Practice 2018.  Publication commenced in 2019 and takes place quarterly; the next figures will be published in November for the July-September quarter:







Period: 2019





Year totals

Requests received during period:






Requests not yet processed:






Requests processed in full:






  Outcome - information granted in full:






  Outcome - information refused in full:






  Outcome - information granted in part and refused in part:






Requests withdrawn by requester, or closed due to lack of clarification from requester:






Requests referred for internal review (published annually in December/January):



Appeals & Complaints

If you are dissatisfied with the service you receive and you wish to appeal a decision or make a complaint in relation to the University’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, you should write to in the first instance.  Appeals must be submitted in writing to the University within 40 working days of the date we responded to your request.  If you remain dissatisfied with the University’s response to your appeal/complaint, you then have a subsequent right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone +44 (0)1625 545700

Freedom of Information