The Secretariat’s Information Compliance Officers are responsible for responding to Freedom of Information requests and liaising with colleagues across the University in coordinating that response, together with Subject Access Requests (SARs) under the Data Protection Act 1998.  SARs may be made by anyone whose personal information has been processed by the University, including current and former students and staff. The co-ordination of responses to these requests requires a close working relationship with teams across the University.

There is also an information compliance governance role which includes the Officer providing expert advice, guidance and training to University staff on issues such as archiving and retention of personal data, data sharing agreements and potential data breaches (co-managed with ICT where appropriate).

The Officers also provide training to a network of information compliance representatives across the University and are instrumental in the development of relevant policies.

Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, anyone is able to make a request to a public authority for information. The University of Lincoln, as a public authority as defined by the Act, is obliged to provide information either through its publication scheme or in response to requests made under the general right of access. To find out more please select a link:

Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Publication Scheme

Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them and provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.

The Act works in two ways:

Firstly, it states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles.

Secondly, it provides individuals with important rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held on computer and most paper records.

To find out more, please visit:

Data Protection

 If you have any questions, please contact one of our Information Compliance Officers:

Anne Jolly (ajolly@lincoln.ac.uk – 01522 886490)

Naomi Timings (ntimings@lincoln.ac.uk – 01522 886618)