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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

Aston University is a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 such that since 1 January 2005, Aston University has a legal duty to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Accordingly any information provided by you to the University in relation to enquiries/tenders or agreements/contracts may need to be disclosed to third parties following a request for access in accordance with the legislation. Information that is genuinely confidential or commercially sensitive may be exempt from the right of access. Therefore if you consider that any of the information supplied by you, as part of the above documents, is confidential or commercially sensitive, you should clearly identify it and explain (in broad terms) what harm may result from disclosure of it and you should indicate any time limits that may apply to the sensitivity of the information. If you consider that any other exemption may apply, you should identify it and explain why the relevant information should not be disclosed to a third party in response to a request for information under the Act.

The reasons you have given for such confidentiality and/or sensitivity and/or other exemption will be taken into account by the University when considering a request for access under the Act to the information provided by you. The University, however, cannot guarantee that any exemption will apply and that it may be required to disclose under the Act information received from you if a request is received. As such please note that the receipt by the University of any material marked ‘confidential’ or equivalent or alluded to as confidential in any reply you may make to the University should not be taken to mean that the University accepts any duty of confidence by virtue of that marking or indication. If a request is received, we may also be required to disclose details of unsuccessful tenders.

We may decide to include certain information in the Publications Scheme that we maintain under the Act and may consult the Organisation accordingly.