Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all 'public authorities' to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.
'Public authorities' are defined in the Act and include Universities such as the University for the Creative Arts.
What is a Publication Scheme?
A publication scheme is a structured means of describing the information the University routinely publishes. The University's publication scheme is divided into seven classes or categories of information:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Our policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer.
The Scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, our commitment to make available the information described.
The Scheme makes clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.
The 'model' publication scheme for higher education
The University for the Creative Arts has adopted the model publication scheme developed for the Higher Education sector and is therefore committed to publishing the information it describes.
This model is designed for Higher Education Institutions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The purpose of the model is to save institutions duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in accessing information from across the sector. However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of institution, a number of optional classes of information are included. As a result, models within the sector will vary slightly. Any optional classes relevant to us have been included in our scheme.
Who we are
The University for the Creative Arts was formed on 1 August 2005 through the merger of two specialist art and design institutions: The Surrey Institute of Art & Design and the Kent Institute of Art & Design.
The mission of the University for the Creative Arts is:
'To excel as a university for the arts which fosters creativity though local connections and global aspirations'.
Our vision is that by 2010, we will be the leading University for the Creative Arts, serving the needs of the Creative Industries in the South East. We will play a leading role in championing the development of Higher and Further Education in the Arts at national and international levels, enhancing the status of our subjects
We endeavour to achieve this aim by:
- Achieving the highest standards of academic excellence in learning, teaching and research
- Realising the potential of our staff and students, thereby developing and sustaining a supportive creative community
- Offering access to high quality Further and Higher Education opportunities in creative arts subjects across the South East region
- Preparing our students and enabling our staff to make a creative contribution to the cultural economy
- Providing a cultural touchstone for each of our local communities
- Enhancing our international standing and reputation in the creative arts
The University is unusual in that it runs more than 60 different courses in the specialist areas of art, design, fashion, architecture, media and communication across its five campuses. To find out more about the courses on offer, go to 'Courses' under the 'quick find' menu at the top right hand side of this page.
Accessing information covered by the Publication Scheme
The classes of information we publish are described in the second part of the scheme. Please see the classes of information page for more information.
Under each class heading we have described the information which is available. The majority of documents can be downloaded directly from the website and are also available in paper copy from the contacts indicated in the scheme. Publications are free unless otherwise stated.
Please note that a publication scheme relates to 'published' information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.
What about information not covered by the Publication Scheme?
You will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by the University which it has not already made available through our publication scheme.
Requests will have to be made in writing and the University will have 20 working days to respond. We may charge a fee, which will have to be calculated according to Fees Regulations set by the Department of Constitutional Affairs. The University will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, we may be required to explain to the applicant why we are not releasing information and we may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.
It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the University Secretary who is the Freedom of Information Officer. If you find broken links within the publication scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resolve the problem as soon as possible.
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act. To view full contact details for the Information Commissioner, please see the Information Commissioner's Office website